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Your Pets Poop Has Many Health Hazards

  • Post By: DDr Vandhana
  • 03 Oct 2016
Health Hazards

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.


  • Remove dog feces from the yard every 1-7 days, depending on the size of the dog and the number of dogs in household.
  • If weather forecasts predict rain, do a quick check and poop scoop on your lawn beforehand to prevent it from being carried into the storm drains.
  • While walking your dog, if the dog stoops to poop on a lawn, at a park, or any other public space, the owner should scoop their dog’s poop using biodegradable pet waste pickup bags and pooper scooper tools at most pet supply and retail stores.
  • Avoid picking up the dog’s poop with your bare hands and always wash/sanitize your hands thoroughly after disposing it off.
  • Never leave a tied poop bag on the ground. It should be bagged, tied and tossed in the nearest garbage can.
  • Never hose pet poop left on your driveway or lawn into the street or alley.
  • Avoid “puppy kisses” especially after the pet has eaten feces or attempted to groom their hind quarters.

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