Prevent Diseases

Health Effects from dog poop

Dog waste can contain all kinds of pathogens that can be dangerous not only to other dogs but your family as well. Most people think of bacteria but there are so many other risks, including:

  • E. Coli
  • Fecal Coliforms
  • Leptospira
  • Heartworms
  • Whipworms
  • Hookworms
  • Campylobacter
  • Tapeworms
  • Roundworms
  • Parvovirus
  • Giardia
  • Salmonella
  • Cryptospyridium

 

How much is really there?

 

One ounce of feces contains about 23 million bacteria

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Each dog produces 1/3 to 3/4 pounds of waste per day

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Each dog can result in over 276 million bacteria in your yard every day!

 

About 40% of Americans admit to not picking up their dogs’ waste

That is over 17 million households!

 

Positive worm testDog Waste City Sign

If your dog tests positive for worms, it is very important to scoop your yard and keep it clean. If the waste is left behind, the dog had become reinfected even after they have gone through all of the treatments.

Disinfection

To combat the spread of any contamination between yards, we disinfect our tools and footwear after every poop scooping stop. Of all the potential pathogens listed above, the parvovirus is the toughest to kill. This is a virus that only affects dogs, but can have devastating effects. Therefore, we use a high powered disinfectant at a concentration that is proven to kill the parvovirus.

Looking for more information on the effects of dog waste?

Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) page on the health effects of dog waste: http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/animals/dogs.htm

…or their flyers about hookworms and roundworms:
http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/Merial_CDCBroch_rsgWEB.pdf

EPA is concerned with dog waste and the effect on our waterbodies:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/menuofbmps/index.cfm?action=factsheet_results&view=specific&bmp=4
http://cfpub.epa.gov/npstbx/files/cwc_petwastefactsheet.pdf