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Veterinarian with Dog checking for bacteria and parasites

Dog Poop Health Hazards

Did you know?

The average dog produces 4 to 5 pounds of waste each week.

Within this waste numerous bacteria, parasites, and diseases may be found. Among many, some more common are Parvovirus, Giardia, E. Coli, and Salmonella. Many of these are gastrointestinal in nature and can cause serious life threatening illness for your canine friends.

A common myth is that dog poop is a good fertilizer. This is very false. Dog poop will kill or damage your grass, and of course, carries the above listed diseases and bacteria.

An unkept yard full of dog poop can create serious water table concerns as well. Water runoff from rain storms can wash bacteria and parasites into our storm drains and into water sources that other dogs, animals, and people may frequent, thus spreading the diseases.

Fact: In 1991 the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) labeled dog waste as a "Nonpoint source pollution". Other pollutants in this category include pesticide, herbicide, insecticide, oils, toxic chemicals and even acid drainage.

Dog waste IS an environmental pollutant.

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