Dangers of Dog Waste

Dog Waste affects our waterways and poses a risk to people and animals

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The facts about dog waste

The dangers of dog waste to both the environment and people. It is a problem that is often ignored, particularly by dog owners that seem  oblivious to the issues associated with hazardous waste.

Some of the possible ways a dog or cat can obtain various different parasites, viruses and stages of bacteria from their own poop include; rolling in their faeces, pawing at it (contraction transdermally), and in rare instances even eating it-coprophagy.

A compromise to health

It doesn’t take a genius to see the correlation between contact with dog poop, as well as cat litter, and potential health compromises. Several of the “microbial monsters” that threaten animals and people alike including: Parvo Virus, Trichinosis, Whipworms, Hookworms, Roundworms, Giardia and Coccidia.

Worms deposited by infected animals can live in soil for long periods and be transmitted to other animals and humans.

Dog waste is an environmental pollutant

Picking up your dog’s waste isn’t just a common courtesy, it’s imperative for the health of people and the environment. Furthermore, picking up after your dog helps reduce the likelihood of its faecal bacteria ending up in an increasingly contaminated water supply.

Dog Waste Poses Threat To Water by Traci Watson, USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/news/science/2002-06-07-dog-usat.htm

“For as long as the dog has been man's best friend, dog waste has posed a menace to man's nose and foot. Now science has revealed a more unsavoury truth: It's an environmental pollutant.

How we know

In the mid-1990s, scientists perfected methods for tracking the origin of nasty bacteria in streams and seawater. From Clearwater, Fla., to Arlington, Va., to Boise the trail has led straight to the hunched-up dog - and to owners who don't pick up after their pets.

At some beaches, dogs help raise bacteria levels so high that visitors must stay out of the water. Goaded by such studies, some cities have directed as much as $10,000 in the last few years to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets. A few municipalities have started issuing citations to those who ignore pet clean-up ordinances.

Many dog lovers are in denial about their pooches' leavings. But researchers have named the idea that areas used by dogs pump more bacteria into waterways - the "Fido hypothesis."

An answer to the dog poo problem at home

When you consider that the garden is used for lounging, dining, growing food and a place for children to play, it's necessary to have a garden tool to hand that can clear and sanitise in a few seconds. Check out the dooup in action

In the United States of America

Dogs are only one of many fixtures of suburban America that add to water pollution. lawn fertilisers, rinse water from driveways and motor oil commonly end up in streams and lakes.

But unlike those sources, dogs generate disease-causing bacteria that can make people sick. Studies done in the last few years put dogs third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in contaminated waters. "Dogs are one of our usual suspects," says Valerie Harwood, a microbiologist at the University of South Florida. "At certain sites, we find their effect to be significant."

It doesn't take a Ph.D. to figure out that dog do is nasty. But it took science to determine how nasty it is.

From mutt to blue-blooded champion, all dogs harbour so-called coliform bacteria, which live in the gut. The group includes E. Coli, a bacterium that can cause disease, and faecal coliform bacteria, which spread through feces. Dogs also carry salmonella and giardia. Environmental officials use measurements of some of these bacteria as barometers of how much faecal matter has contaminated a body of water.

The dog population continues to grow

This wouldn't matter if pet dogs were as rare as pet chinchillas. But at least four in 10 U.S. households include at least one dog, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.and 45% were "large" dogs - 40 pounds or more.

Those numbers add up to a lot of kibble. That wouldn't matter if all dog owners also owned a pooper-scooper. But several studies have found that roughly 40% of Americans don't pick up their dogs' faeces (women are more likely to do so than men).”

If everyone had a dooup in their gardens - clearing and sanitising after dog waste would be easy!

 

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