A message for dog owners

Dog waste

One may assume that dog droppings act as a natural fertilizer for thriving grassy areas, but in reality, dog waste can not only be harmful to lawns, but it can also be harmful to you, your family, or anyone else that is visiting our neighborhood. Scooping the dog waste off when you are walking your dog is one of those necessary chores that dog owners must do as part of your walk routine. The feces should be picked up with a plastic scooper, plastic bags, or using gloves, in order to protect your body.

Dog feces in lawns can cause the grass blades to burn from the toxic composition within the waste, and this causes unsightly brown patches along the surface.  Unattended dog feces can also become a big problem for our local water table, because it can eventually dilute and spread apart before running into a drainpipe or lake. Dog feces is one of the major contributors for contaminating local water sources.  Furthermore, consider the fact that in 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled dog feces in a specific category of pollutants, along with other substances such as oil, grease, toxic chemicals, herbicides, and insecticides. Miami-Dade County Law requires that pet owners pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their waste; please abide to avoid any fines.

Dog waste is filled with bacteria that can be very harmful to people and to animals. Did you know that it is estimated that per one gram of dog feces, there are approximately 23 million forms of fecal bacteria? These bacteria can cause illnesses in people and animals, such as diarrhea, intestinal problems, stomach cramps, and kidney disorders. Some of the diseases that can be found in dog feces include roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, parvo, giardiasis, and salmonellosis. People who are very young, pregnant, or nursing mothers are at a higher risk of dealing with some of these diseases than other people are if they acquire the illness from the dog feces.

Dog on leashes

Does your dog practically do cartwheels when you pick up the leash? If so, you may have taught them well to be excited about fitness! Below are reasons why you should have your dog on a leash while taking a walk in your neighborhood:

  • Cars
  • Greetings and salutations
  • Staying cleaner
  • Preventing jumping on others
  • Preventing then from eating something they shouldn’t
  • No accidental puppies; not every animal is spayed or neutered
  • Prevent spread of disease
  • It’s the law

Dogs digging holes

Digging can be fun for dogs, making it a great way for them to relieve stress. This stress can be created in several ways, but most active diggers are either very bored or suffer separation anxiety. Dogs left on their own for too long, without ways to remain occupied, will often turn to digging. Please be in the look out if your dog is digging holes specially if it’s along your property line affecting your neighbor.

Let’s keep our community clean and healthy!

The Board and Management thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

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