Dog Poop Disease Risks

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Dog Poop Disease Risks

Picking up your dog’s poop is a tedious job, but you have to do it. Otherwise, you and your family’s health may be jeopardized by disease risks from dog poop.

When you adopted your dog, you agreed to give him food, shelter, and love in exchange for a reliable companion, a best friend even. But of course, dogs poop, and unless you potty train your dog, cleaning up after him would be one of your jobs as a pet owner. Ensuring sanitation and cleaning is very important in keeping the well-being of your family. If you let the dog poop all over your place, you’re exposing your family to some dangerous bacteria.

Why Dog Feces Is Dangerous

Dog poop is one of the contributors to water contamination. As dogs poop about two times a day, left un-cleaned, your yard will be filled with about 14 piles of feces in just a week. Unlike cow poop or chicken poop, dog poop cannot be used as fertilizer, so it’s not good for the soil.

Dog poop may contain whipworms, parvovirus, hookworms, threadworms, roundworms, campylobacteriosis, coccidia, and giardia. When you leave it all over the place, these parasites may contaminate the soil and water and may cause infection for pets and even for the owners, especially the children. The Hookworm larvae are microscopic in size so it can be passed on from pet to their persons directly whether through the skin or if the dog spreads it to items that can be ingested.

Dog Poo Parasites That Can Harm Humans

Parasites that can transfer from dog poo to people are tapeworms, hookworms,
campylobacteriosis, and threadworms. This is why it is essential to do away with the habit of letting your dog lick you in the face, or any part of your body especially, those with wounds. Avoid “puppy kisses”, or at least do it with caution, to limit your risk of contracting parasites.

Dogs often lick their hindquarters every time they poop, so the dog’s tongue may definitely carry these parasites. If you kiss your dog with your mouth or you let it lick your utensils and other objects you put in your mouth, that’s increasing your disease risk from dog poop parasites.

Teach your children to refrain from making this habit because they are the most vulnerable ones to contract the infection. As children tend to put their dirty hands or toys in their mouth, dog poop all over your yard may further increase the chance of the kids consuming the infectious parasites.

How to Prevent Spread Of Disease

Pet poops can be disastrous if it is thrown or eventually goes to the local water source. It can contaminate the water sources such as lakes, rivers, ponds and drinking water. If dog poop remains on the ground, the rain may wash the parasites it contains and quickly spread it to the water.

To prevent increasing the risk of water contamination, make it a habit to remove dog poop from your yard every day especially if you have large and multiple dogs. If you are a busy person, you can contact dog services, like us at Got Poo to do the dirty work for you. Sanitation experts can clean your yard of dog poop for an affordable price.

Did you find this information on the disease risks from dog poop useful? Kindly share this article and spread the word to every dog owner you know.

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  • Shawn Halligan

    Hello, yes your post provides information on the disease risks from dog poop which is useful. Because dog poop contain harmful bacteria and parasites that may contaminate with soil and water and may cause diseases. Thank you for sharing this post.

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