We've covered a lot together in past articles: what goes into your pet, what goes on your pet, and now it's time to talk about what comes out of your pet!
We’ve covered a lot together in past articles; what goes into your pet, what goes on your pet, but now it’s time to talk about what comes out of your pet! Poop. We need to discuss the growing problem of dog poop and the failure of owners to pick up after their dogs.
Removing dog feces prevents reinfestation of your dog from exposure to infective worm eggs and larvae, and dog feces can transmit diseases from your dog to people. Roundworm, hookworm and other parasitic worms may be transmitted to young children and adults who play or work in their yard/dirt when dog feces are present. Ocular larva migrans - an eye disease caused by parasitic worms found in dog droppings can cause serious eye damage to young children. Flies love dog poop - this is another way diseases get transmitted.
Animal waste can be a contributor to storm water pollution. It contains disease-carrying bacteria and toxins that can increase the risk of viral infections, flu, and skin rashes for ocean swimmers near storm drain outlets. More than 10 million gallons of water containing fecal contaminants from human and animal sources, flows into neighborhood storm drains every day, and even more when it rains.
Some of the seriously nasty bacteria coating dog poop include: fecal streptococcus and fecal coliforms. In sufficiently high amounts, these bacteria can make people sick - sometimes very sick. For example, E. coli bacteria causes gastrointestinal infections, as well as infections to the ear, eye, and throat. Another bacteria, campylobacter, can cause diarrhea in humans. Still another form of bacteria found in dog poop is salmonella, which causes infections that trigger fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea. These are bad bacteria all piled into Poopsie's poop!
Now, let’s work together and remember to carry a little plastic bag with you to pick up after your dog! One swoop and there goes the poop! It’s the decent thing to do.
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