The Dangers of Doggie Poop

Whether you are taking your dog for a stroll through the neighborhood or letting your pooch meander through the backyard, it is imperative that you have a plan for their poop. Dog waste is one of the riskier parts of owning a pooch, and you need to know what to do when your dog goes number two.

Dog waste is host to many different diseases and parasites. A single dropping can be enough to make you sick all year, if it's handled incorrectly. Check the list below to see some common parasites and bacteria.

Parasites and Bacteria
Doggie Doo is a perfect host for dangerous bacteria and parasites. As a pet owner, you are responsible for your pet's droppings, but you need to make sure you handle it with care. Pooper Scoopers or plastic bags should always be used when you're picking up after Fido.

Dog Feces can contain some of these scary parasites:

  • Tapeworms: Tapeworms are parasitic flatworms that hang out in the digestive system. They're harmful to humans and are common in dog droppings. If untreated, they have been known to go into the brain and cause seizures.
  • Parvo: Be careful that your dog does not eat another pooch's droppings. Parvo is a very contagious virus that is spread by dogs ingesting dog waste. It is very difficult to diagnose and can be fatal within 72 hours.
  • Giaradia: Traveling in a cyst of protozoa, Giardia is a contagious infection that can taint water near dog stools. The virus often shows no symptoms for weeks until a dog becomes ill with diarrhea, vomiting and a greasy coat.
  • Hookworms: Like the other parasites, this parasite can be contracted when a dog comes in contact with the feces of another pup. Hookworms are a danger for adult dogs that lie in or eat tainted soil or grass. If your dog has a decreased appetite or is experiencing weight loss, hookworms could be the cause.

Environmental Woes
Dog poop is not fertilizer. Unlike cow or horse manure, the droppings from dogs will not make your grass grow faster or make your yard any greener. In fact, the droppings from most dogs has been known to make your grass turn an unsightly side of yellow, and their pee won't make it any fresher, either.

If you want to make sure your grass stays pretty, you need to have a plan for your dog's waste. Pooper Scoopers, Dog Waste Bags or a designated Pet Loo are proper alternatives that allow your dog to relieve itself without ruining your garden or yard.

In addition, the waste of dogs has been attributed to some environmental issues. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, a writer for Psychology Today's Canine Corner, dogs produce more than 68,000,000 pounds of poop each year. Wow!

Unfortunately, this waste needs to go somewhere, and it is often washed into water supplies and rivers, which run the risk of tainting human's fresh water supply.

So, the next time you're out walking Fido, do yourself, your community and other dogs a favor and be sure to properly dispose of your dog's waste. Dog droppings that are left to sit can ruin yards, harm pooches and taint water supplies. There are many different supplies on the market that make bathroom duties a breeze when your pup needs to poop. Just be sure you pick it up!

By Sean Bowes
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