What we ''doo'': Pet & Yard Health
Making yards safe
Pet Butler has been making residential yards and multi-family communities cleaner & safer to walk and play in for over 7 years. We currently provide service for thousands of dogs and cats each week across North America.
We are fully bonded and insured (including workman's compensation.) This is a very important part of our overall commitment to protect you and your pets. Pet Butler's helpful and knowledgeable office staff is available via phone and email 7 am to 8 pm CST, Monday - Friday and 8 am 4 pm on Saturdays (you can actually reach a live person 72 hours per week!). Yes, we answer our phones! We are also available here on the web anytime!
We scoop anytime you need it! Our most popular schedules are twice-per-week and once-a-week. Every-other-week are also quite popular. We can also provide a one-time cleaning - all at extremely reasonable rates! There are no long-term contracts - in fact you can make changes to your service or cancel anytime with just one day's notice.
Take it away:
You do not have to be home while our technician cleans your yard and we don't mind a bit if your dogs are left in the yard. (If your dog is a man-eater please notify us so we can send in a woman!)
Kitty litter cleanup is also available at any schedule.
When your tech arrives he/she will scoop up and bag all pet waste as well as any small trash that's easy to get. Next he/she will shut your gate securely and take away all of the waste and small trash when he/she leaves (unless transporting pet waste is against local ordinances in which case we will double bag it, tie off the bag and leave it wherever you would like such as in your outside trash can).
Help is here:
For your pet & yard's protection a disinfectant spray is used on our tools and shoes between each yard to prevent the spread of disease.
Also included complimentary with your service is a natural enzyme spray we use if needed to dilute the effects of urine stains in your yard. (Additional services are available to further impact this issue.) Yet another way we watch-out for you and your best friend!
You will be happy to know that every Pet Butler technician wear's a clean and tidy uniform and our service trucks are very clearly marked so you will always know if Pet Butler is in your yard and driveway.
Pet Butler offers numerous other services aimed at giving you more time to enjoy your yard and pets. Some examples of these additional services include:
Odor Eliminator Spray - A natural enzyme spray that rids your lawn and patio of any organic odor such as urine. Lawn Disinfectant Spray - Moving into a new home that previously had dogs in the yard? This is the product for you. No one can completely guarantee to rid a yard of all diseases but this all-natural parvocidal disinfectant spray is the best way to protect your "best friend(s)" from previous owner's sick pets. Piddle Post - This 8 inch stake is placed in the ground and encourages your dog to "go" only in that area. This training aid lasts up to 3 months and is installed by Pet Butler. Spray Off Deck or Patio - Pet Butler sprays off your deck using nearby water hose (supplied by customer).
Your complete satisfaction is always 100% guaranteed or it's free*! Pet Butler will happily come back out to your property within 24 hours if you feel we did not do a terrific job - and won't charge you for EITHER of the cleanings!
Pet Butler makes paying for your services as easy and hassle-free as the services themselves. Our most popular option is monthly debit of any major credit card or bank card for the next month's service (a receipt/reminder is emailed to you immediately after debiting). Want to save some money? We offer considerable discounts when you prepay* 6 months or a year (cancel any time for a full prorated refund).
* First-time and one-time cleanings can always be re-cleaned for free but customer will still be charged for the initial cleanup.
Dog waste and your health
Dog feces is more than just a nuisance - it can pose a serious health hazard. Why? A number of common parasites, including round worm, are transmitted via dog feces. When infected dog droppings are left on the ground, the eggs of the roundworms and other parasites can linger in the soil for years. As a result, anyone who comes in contact with the soil also comes in contact with the infected eggs.
Children run the greatest risk of infection because they're prone to play in the dirt at the park or playground and then put their hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands. But even a group of teens or adults playing Frisbee or touch football in an open area could be in danger. Parasitic infections can make humans extremely sick, and for pregnant women, can pose a serious harm to their unborn child.
Why Pet Waste should be cleaned from your yard
Dog Waste is not the predominant or most toxic pollutant in urban streams, but it is one of many small sources of pollution that can cumulatively have a big impact if left unmanaged. The New Jersey Department of Health has estimated that there are over 500,000 dogs in the state. Add to this figure cats and other smaller pets, and a significant volume of waste is being generated daily.
Dog Waste contains bacteria and parasites, as well as organic matter and nutrients, notably nitrogen and phosphorous.
Dog Waste is not the predominant or most toxic pollutant in urban streams, but it is one of many small sources of pollution that can cumulatively have a big impact if left unmanaged. The New Jersey Department of Health has estimated that there are over 500,000 dogs in the state. Add to this figure cats and other smaller pets, and a significant volume of waste is being generated daily. Dog Waste contains bacteria and parasites, as well as organic matter and nutrients, notably nitrogen and phosphorous.
In addition to these diseases, the organic matter and nutrients contained in Dog Waste can degrade water quality. When Dog Waste is washed into a surface water body, the waste decays. This process of breaking down the organic matter in the waste uses up dissolved oxygen and releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels, increased ammonia and warm summer water temperatures can kill fish.
Excess phosphorous and nitrogen added to surface waters can lead to cloudy, green water from accelerated algae and weed growth. Decay of this extra organic matter can depress oxygen levels, killing organisms. Objectionable odors can also occur.
Flies and other pest insects can also increase when Dog Waste is disposed of improperly, becoming a nuisance and adding another vector for disease transmission.
Managing Dog Waste properly is something that everyone can do to make a difference in their respective watersheds. Truly, proper individual actions result in significant water quality improvement when carried out by the majority. Unlike some forms of storm water pollutants, Dog Waste can be easily and economically managed by the individual.
Sometimes, the 'out of sight, out of mind' attitude exists regarding Dog Waste. Employing this flawed thinking, waste is often disposed of in the street storm water catch basin. Aside from dumping directly into a water body, this is the single worst place to dispose of waste. In the next rainstorm, the accumulated waste is transported quickly and efficiently to the nearby receiving water course, polluting it. Water quality monitoring studies in New Jersey have emphasized this specific problem. That said, then, specifically what can be done?
Ordinances, signage and education
Many communities have "pooper-scooper" laws that govern Dog Waste cleanup. Some of these laws specifically require anyone who walks an animal off of their property to carry a bag, shovel, or scooper. Any waste left by the animal must be cleaned up immediately. Call your local health officer to find out more about Dog Waste regulations. In recreation areas, trails, and public parks, 'scooper signage' along with plastic bag dispensers and disposal cans should be provided. This idea is especially critical at streamside or lake shore walking trails.
Public education is critical when addressing the Dog Waste problem. Interestingly, much of the public thinks of problems associated with Dog Waste as being only nuisance related-odors or aesthetics. An actual example of this is the woman walking her dog in the park who had brought along a brown paper bag to collect the 150 pound mastiff's waste. This she indeed dutifully did, and then proceeded to dispose of the bag by..tossing it into the lake!
Brochures, newsletters, signage, local public service announcements, and evening seminars are all ways to get the word out to the public. One very effective way to reach people is to have a flyer enclosed in tax bills or other municipally-generated mailings that go to all property owners.
The problem of Dog Waste disposal in suburbia and urban areas is a real one. Research has indicated strongly that water quality is negatively impacted by this pollutant in New Jersey. However, unlike many other sources of water degradation in the state, improper Dog Waste management is a dilemma that can be easily corrected through education by organizations and common sense actions by individuals.