We all know that we need to pick up our dog’s poop when we are out on a walk and not just because it looks and smells gross (even though this is the reason many people won’t pick it up!). The truth is that there are many diseases that can be hiding in the poop you may not even be aware of. Even if you have a perfectly healthy dog their poop can still hold these diseases, which can be harmful to you, other people and even other animals.
- Salmonella- This is the most common bacteria that is passed from animals to humans (or raw cookie dough). It can make you really sickwith symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting and more.
- E. Coli- This is another common bacterial infection that is passed to humans. While it lives in the intestines of animals and people alike, when it gets into the bloodstream it can be fatal.
- Yersiniosis- This is a bacterial disease that can infect the intestines and multiplies in cold water, such as lakes in early spring.
- Giardia- This is a parasite that is found in water and many dogs have this in their intestinal tract. They can pass it along through their poop. It causes a serious infection and illness in people.
- Tapeworms- These can transmit through the pores of your skin and once inside they travel to the intestines where they steal the nutrients from the host.
- Toxoplasmosis- While most people think of cats with this condition, it can also be passed along in dog poop. It causes flu like symptoms and for pregnant women the illness can lead to birth defects.
These are just a few of the many diseases that can be lurking in your pet’s poop. This is why it is important to pick up after your dog every time. Even if you let your dog out in the yard to relieve themselves, you should still make sure you are cleaning up the mess regularly. When left on the ground, it can leave a lasting effect and contaminate the ground for years afterwards. If you do not want to expose yourself or others to this, then it is best to clean up the dog poop. Just make sure you use a bag or gloves to clean up the poop and then wash your hands afterwards to avoid any contamination while cleaning the poop up.