Houston Dog Waste Removal Ordinances, Laws, and Options

Of all the chores done by pet owners, the least enjoyable is without a doubt cleaning up their pet’s waste products. An undesirable but necessary task, it is important to dispose of waste promptly & properly. Viruses, bacteria & parasites can be spread in the yard or other areas used for eliminations. Feces attract flies & other insects, damage lawns, make jogging dangerous & plain smells bad. Lots of communities have laws prohibiting the disposal of animal waste in the garbage. Here are some options for keeping your home & environment neat & free of waste & complying with local ordinances.

Waste Management Companies

You may be surprised to know that there’s companies who deal with animal waste removal as their sole business. These services are arranged on a contract basis & you choose how often you need them to neat the area & from there you basically pay a service fee.

The fees may vary on how often they visit your home, how lots of pets are involved or the size of your yard. The feces are taken to locations that comply with your local waste disposal laws. If you don’t need anything to do with picking up your yard, this is the best option for you.

Inground Septic Systems

Even if you have a tiny yard, think about installing an inground septic process. This is a plastic cylinder that is buried in the ground & functions to break down the waste by the use of enzymes & other natural processes. It requires minimal hard work to install. The collected feces are deposited in to the receptacle as well as a special packet of enzymes begins the process. Water is absorbed leaving behind odorless byproducts. You still must neat the yard but these systems are a simple, easy & effective way of dealing with the never-ending supply of waste your pet leaves behind.

Flushable Bags

The feces are collected & deposited in the flushable bag & from there it basically goes down the toilet. The bag breaks down without causing any backups in your plumbing. These bags are a lovely option if you live in a home with limited or no yard space or if your pet eliminates during walks in public areas.


Don’t be discouraged if cleanup chores are left up to you. Disagreeable as it may be, there is some advantage in picking up after your pet as it serves as a valuable health monitor. If your pet eliminates out of your line of sight on a regular basis, cleaning up the waste may be the only time you become aware of a health problem. Chair that is off-color, contains blood or mucus or has turned to diarrhea is a reason to contact your veterinarian. You may also see parasites or foreign material in the feces, another cause for medical attention.

Lots of innovative people are sympathetic to your plight as well as a variety of products have been developed to make the collection process not as hard. Specially made scoopers eliminate the need for bending & have spring loaded traps so they can be easily operated. There’s specialized scoops with bag attachments so the feces fall right in to a disposable bag. There’s even scoop & broom combinations. A visit to your local pet supply store will surprise you with a variety of options.

Your local community may have restrictions regarding the disposal of animal waste. Check with your waste disposal company to see if special conditions apply.

Houston Dog Waste Removal Ordinances, Laws, and Options was last modified: February 9th, 2017 by Doody Calls