Contrary to popular belief,
dog feces can take up to one year to break down. Dog feces are protein
based and therefore it poisons your lawn, more importantly, it is a serious
health hazard. A number of common parasites, including round worm, are
transmitted via dog feces. When infected dog droppings are left on the
ground, the eggs of the roundworms and other parasites can linger in the
soil for years. As a result, anyone who comes in contact with the soil
also comes in contact with the infected eggs.
Children run the greatest risk of
infection because they're prone to play in the dirt and then put their
hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands. But even a group
of teens or adults playing Frisbee or touch football could be in danger.
Parasitic infections can make humans extremely sick, and for pregnant
women, can pose a serious harm to their unborn child.
Dogs smell it, roll in it, walk in it and even ingest it. Often times
dogs pick up very serious diseases from it. Animal feces are one of the
most common sources of the following diseases:
one of the deadliest diseases in the dog population. Upon gaining entry
through the mouth, the virus attacks the digestive tract and kills cells
that are critical in the absorption of nutrients. Severe fluid loss through
diarrhea and vomiting can lead to death. Parvo also temporarily affects
dog's immune system and can lead to heart failure in some young dogs.
are blood suckers, tunneling into the wall of the intestine for their
blood meals. Vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss are common symptoms and
in larger dogs these parasites can cause anemia. Difficult to diagnose,
they are even harder to eliminate because they are often present in very
are blood suckers attaching to the intestinal wall where they suck plugs
of the intestinal tissue into their mouth structures. Anemia and/or intense
inflammation can result. Hookworm infections can be passed to humans.
(ascarids): can affect the lungs and the digestive system, with typical
signs being vomiting and diarrhea. Convulsions can occur with heavy infections
and the disease can spread to humans.
are one celled parasites that can cause diarrhea in dogs and cats. Infection
with Giardia is often difficult to diagnose and treat effectively. Coccidia
are also one-celled parasites that can cause diarrhea, especially in puppies
The EPA is starting to require
states to formulate plans to comply with the Clean Water Act. Water quality
tests conducted in all states show that approximately 20% of E.Coli found
in public waterways is from dog waste. Picking up your dog's feces can
really make a difference.