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Keep the Environment Clean…………..”Scoop the Poop”

Not long ago, I was at a dog show and observed a man who stopped to let his St. Bernard relieve himself.  I’m thinking, “Surely he will be courteous and clean up”.  Guess What?  He thought absolutely nothing of leaving a mound of poop right in the pathway for show observers to plow through!!!  Very nicely, I offered a bag so he could take care of his responsibility, which he did – promptly!

Many pet owners don’t realize that dog and cat feces carry parasitic worms capable of infecting humans.  Not only is picking up hygienic and considerate, it can help keep the soil free of parasites such as roundworms and hookworms, both of which can infect humans through ingestion or skin contact.  Keeping your puppy dog and cat on a regular preventive and practicing good hygiene can help control and prevent the spread of these parasites.   

Roundworms can be spread to puppies from their mother in utero.  The worm larvae in mother’s bloodstream are activated during pregnancy and cross the placental barrier to infect unborn puppies.  Virtually, all puppies are born with roundworms - the reason why it’s very important for the breeder to make sure a careful newborn worming schedule is followed.  Left untreated, roundworms can migrate in the body infecting organs, causing permanent or fatal damage.

Hookworms can be acquired through mother’s milk, also absorbed through the skin, causing skin lesions.  Hooks may also travel through the body to infect the intestines.  Once they infect the intestinal tract, they suck large amounts of blood, causing anemia.  Both parasites can be treated with de-worming drugs. 

Untreated infection causes serious disease, as well as environmental contamination from eggs excreted with feces potentially posing a health risk for humans which is just as serious.

One female roundworm can lay up to 200,000 eggs a day which become infective in  2 - 3 weeks after leaving the body through feces.  Eggs can survive in the soil for many years.  Hookworm eggs, become infective only two days after leaving the body.  Humans, like dogs and cats, can acquire roundworms via ingestion and, hookworm infection via ingestion or skin contact.  Small children who may eat sand or dirt, and people who work with soil and sand - landscapers, plumbers and gardeners are at higher risk for contamination. 

An effective way to prevent infection is keeping the environment clean.  Pick up after your pet – promptly!! 

A stool sample should be checked at least once a year if you have your pet on preventive, but every 6 months is advisable.  Monthly preventives, taken orally or applied topically, can help prevent infections.  Some of the monthly heartworm treatments include these preventives. 

Keep your puppy in a fenced area and be familiar with the area where you walk your puppy.  Animals who are allowed to roam naturally run a higher risk of getting parasites and other infectious illness.

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Last Updated:  January 29, 2008

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