Cleaning your pet’s poop may seem to be one of the stinkiest jobs, but it is necessary to maintain a healthy environment for yourself, your family, neighbours, and public at large. One needs to understand that when we purchase or adopt a pet, along with providing our love, food, and shelter, we need to provide sanitation and clean up also.
It is harmful
Earlier the pet poop has been thought of as being a fertilizer and benefiting the soil, however, now it is known that these are all false statements. In fact, it is now known to be toxic to your lawn, causing burns and unsightly discoloration. The dog’s poop has been rated as high as 3rd for its contribution to contaminated water. Even the wildlife and fishes in water die by the toxicity of this poop.
May contain parasites
Your pet’s poop may contain parasites - hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, whipworms, giardia; bacteria – salmonella, E. Coli, campylobacter, leptospira, cocidia; viruses - parvovirus, rabies, coronavirus, distemper, canine hepatitis. These may cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness, fever, rashes, vomiting, blindness, liver, nervous system, or serious kidney disorders in humans. This contributes to zoonoses, diseases animals pass to humans.
Cat feces contains cysts of toxoplasmosis
According to centres for disease control (CDC), one single dog dropping contains nearly 3 million fecal bacteria, along with parasites and viruses that can be passed to human adults and children as well as to other pets. Cat feces is known to contain the cysts of toxoplasmosis that can cause abortion and malformation of the unborn child in pregnant women.