Just a few hazards of Pet Waste


Did You Know…

  • Dog feces are one of the most common sources of waterborne bacterial disease, giardia, hookworms, parvovirus, roundworms (ascarids), and whipworms.
  • A single gram of dog feces contains an average of 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, some of which can cause disease in humans.
  • 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.
  • Dogs are as high as third on the list of contributors to bacteria in contaminated waters.
  • Recent research has shown that dog feces play a major role in contributing to water pollution. In high enough concentrations, these bacteria can make water unsafe for swimming, drinking, fishing, or harvesting of shellfish.
  • Pet waste can release ammonia into the water which can kill fish and other aquatic life. At the same time, it can stimulate excessive growth of algae and other aquatic weeds.
  • Carnivorous animals, such as dogs, do not produce useable manure-fertilizer for plants. Dog feces is protein based which is poisonous to lawns and may take up to one year to disintegrate.
  • Rodents, insects and dogs eat dog feces.

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About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).

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