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  • Dog waste is infested with microscopic organisms like Salmonella, Giardia and even E. coli.
  • Dog waste has a huge environmental impact and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified it to be toxic. It's responsible for over 90% of all shed water pollution. Lakes and bays are closed each year because of high levels of contamination.
  • There are 23 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste.
  • The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella. When infected dog waste comes into contact with your lawn, the waste will eventually "disappear", but the parasite eggs can linger for years! When a human or animal comes into contact with that soil through everyday activities like walking barefoot, gardening or playing, they risk infection from those eggs ... even years after the poop is gone.


  • Dog waste often contains roundworm larvae, which may cause blindness. If a human ingests a roundworm larva, it can migrate through the body causing disease to the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, heart or eyes. So when people (especially children) touch soil, dog toys or anything that has been in contact with dog feces and then touch their mouths, they can become infected. 
  • Dog waste has the greatest risk of affecting those with compromised immune systems including those undergoing treatments for cancer, organ transplant patients and people with HIV/AIDs. There are also greater risks for infants, children under five years old and some elderly.


  • It attracts disease carrying pest like rats, roaches and flies.
  • Left to accumulate, dog waste can make for an odorous back yard.


  • Why do dogs eat their own feces? More than 50% all dogs have this problem it is called Coprophaegia - the eating of feces. They will even eat other animals waste, including human feces. They are not the only animals in the wild that do this. The reason why is speculated, but still largely unknown. Some scientists believe it's an instinctual behavior, so that predators will not be able to track them. While others believe that, because dogs have a relatively short digestive tract, they see the waste as no more than a nutrient rich snack. Truth is no one knows for sure why they do it, but eating of feces is one the main ways dogs contract harmful diseases, parasite and bacteria; infecting and re-infecting themselves. However, there is one small fact that can help you in the battle to stop your dog from eating feces; they prefer it crunchy, they usually will not eat it soft, they even prefer it frozen. The chore is to pick the waste up before it hardens.


Roundworms are the most common type of parasite found in pets. They live in a dog's intestine and feed off the dog's food. They're almost always found in puppies that have yet to be vaccinated. Puppies get it from their mom as the larval worms migrate into the womb or into her teats. However, even adult dogs and cats can get roundworm and should be tested for worms regularly or de-wormed regularly. If your pet's waste looks like cooked spaghetti, he more than likely has roundworm. Dogs should be discourages from pooping where children play as roundworms are especially dangerous to children. Roundworm eggs can lie dormant in a sandbox for years. Once they enter the child host, they can migrate to the child's liver, lungs eyes, or brain and become permanently encysted. Other symptoms for a dog include bloating, vomiting and diarrhea.
Hookworms are blood suckers and look like roundworms but have teeth at one end. They use their teeth to attach and reattach to the intestine, repeating this process at least six times per day. There is blood loss from the blood sucking but most blood loss is due to the holes that are left by the Hookworms bite, causing anemia and iron-deficiency. Hookworms are easily transmitted through the pads of a dog's feet and the skin on his belly, transmitted through infected soil. Hookworm is one of the classical internal parasites infecting puppies and can even be transmitted to pups still in the womb.


Parvovirus is fatal for most dogs and is transmitted from dog to dog through physical contact and contact with feces. This virus is very hardy and can live in the environment and remain contagious for up to 12 months if not treated. It is typically more severe in puppies, their little immune system is no match for this virus. The symptoms include extreme lethargy, very pale gums, vomiting and diarrhea. Also, depression and the dog's waste will carry a distinct foul odor. This disease is very serious and should be read about for precautionary measures.

Tapeworms are transmitted to dogs and cats in a couple of different ways depending on the type of tapeworm. One variety of tapeworms is transmitted by fleas, while others are spread by pets eating wildlife or rodents infested with tapeworms or fleas. Tapeworms look like a piece of rice on the stool. Sometimes, they can be seen on the dog's anus, which, looks like little white eggs. It is important that your dog or cat be treated promptly if you discover these in his stool. Like roundworms, people can also get tapeworms. People can get tapeworms from ingesting a flea from a dog. A tapeworm is not that dangerous to a dog. It is referred to by some as the smart parasite, but it can be dangerous to people causing serious liver disease.

Giardia is another one-celled parasite that lives in soil, food, and water. It may also be on surfaces that have been contaminated with waste. It can cause diarrhea but usually the infected animal will not lose his appetite, but he may lose weight. The feces are often abnormal, pale in color, have a bad odor, and appear greasy. Small children can be at risk as they have a tendency to place objects in their mouth that may have come in contact with contaminated soil, surfaces, or water.

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