Oregon State University Extension Service

Is a dog latrine a bad place to grow vegetables?


It is critical to keep dogs and cats from pooping on the garden area. Dogs and cats have parasitic pathogens and roundworms which can transfer to humans. Use a fence, smelly soap or some way to distract animals. Key: keep poop out of the garden.


  • Remove all of the manure.
  • Keep manure out of the garden area.
  • Plant cover crops - blue grass, or fava or red clover. Fallow or growing nothing is the best solution.
  • Plant plants that have a big root system and are large plants, such as tomatoes, green beans, pole beans, peas, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers. 
  • Let the rain clean the soil, add lime at 80 pounds per 1000 sq feet.
  • After one year, then you can plant rooted veggies.

Unfortunately we don't have exact information. After reading 5 articles, there was no article with a university backing.

Source URL: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/vegetables/dog-latrine-bad-place-grow-vegetables