13Apr 2019

X-Marks The Spot – How The Frequent Neighborhood Pit Stop Could Pose A Serious Health Risk to Your Dog

X-Marks The Spot – How A Frequent Neighborhood Pit Stop Could Pose Serious Health Risks

While poop sniffing is a normal canine behavior, it is not something that we should allow our dogs to do on a regular basis. Because not all dogs have access to regular de-worming and vaccinations, a disease can easily be spread via feces. Dog feces is the perfect vehicle for many types of worms including hookworm, tapeworm, and ringworm. Whether your dog is on a proper preventative to control the spread of disease or not, they can be affected. But dog feces is not limited to containing just worms. It also has the potential to transmit salmonella, E. coli, giardia, parvovirus, and roundworms. These diseases are not only harmful, and potentially fatal, for dogs and they can infect human beings as well. Studies report that a sample of canine feces can house up to 23 million E coli particles per gram. That is a powerhouse punch of bacteria!

To do your part in the fight against the spread of disease via feces, there are several things that you can do. The best way you can help is by promptly cleaning up and disposing of Sparky’s feces. Should you come across feces that has been left behind by other dog owners, and you have sufficient poop bags on you, it would be thoughtful to remove it as well. Disposing of all evidence of canine feces is a means of protecting yourself, your environment, and your dog. It is a simple act that can have far-reaching benefits. Secondly, when Sparky encounters feces on his daily walks or romps through the woods, do not allow him to sniff it. The risk of disease is far too high. Sparky doesn’t need to know all of the information he would like to know about all of the animals who frequent the same places that he does. All it takes is one exposure to some of these illnesses to make your dog seriously ill, and many of them carry the potential to kill.  After dog walks, make certain to always wash your hands thoroughly to ensure the removal of any bacteria particles remaining on your hands. Take care to inspect Sparky’s feet as well in case he has stepped in any feces. Dogs contain sensitive glands in their feet through which bacteria could be absorbed into your dog’s system. While it is not necessary for your dog to wear boots for his walks, keeping a soft towel and a bucket of warm, soapy water handy for a quick wipe-down is always a wise idea.

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