How does unscooped dog waste affect our health?
You can help prevent disease and improve the appearance of your grounds.
It’s something nobody thinks about: typical dog piles contain 3 billion bacteria which pollute our lakes, streams, and rivers. Some of these nasty bugs are listed in the box below. These parasites can survive in the soil too, transferring from dog-to-dog and even dog-to-human.
Children are at particular risk of infection in areas where dog waste is allowed to contaminate the soil. Children play on the ground with their hands and frequently put their hands in their mouths. They also drop toys or pacifiers on the ground that are then put in their mouths. Toxocara canis, a roundworm found in dog waste, is especially dangerous to children and in its most severe form can cause blindness.
It’s a scary thought, because this adds up to dirty neighborhoods, polluted water, sick pets, and also sick pet owners. Public health concerns such as these often lead to intrusive ordinances, which no pet owners want! Luckily, nearly every case of transmitted disease can be prevented with proper hygiene and responsible pet ownership.
Real life cases of humans affected by waste.
Unwanted Canine Guests: Internal Parasites
“A few years ago, the Millbrook Hunt Club in upstate New York realized that many of its foxhounds were becoming seriously ill…”
Eye threat to Manchester toddler who fell in dog mess.
Read about a toddler who fell in dog waste in a children’s playground that may now have lost partial sight in one eye.
CDC Site for Diseases Dogs Can Carry
This site contains information on how the following diseases are transmitted and treated, as well as what to do to prevent infection: brucellosis, campylobacteriosis, cryptosporidiosis, tapeworm, giardiasis, hookworm, leishmaniasis, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Q Fever, Rabies, Ringworm, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Roundworm, Salmonella, and Tapeworm.