VetStreet: November 19, 2013 How often have you almost stepped in — or actually stepped in — dog poop that was left on the ground? Pet waste that isn’t properly disposed of isn’t just a hazard waiting to happen to your favorite pair of shoes, and it doesn’t just disappear (unless you have a friendly neighborhood READ MORE>>
Fecal coliforms include bacteria that may or may not originate from feces. Measuring for fecal coliforms reveals the overall contamination of water with E. Coli and other pathogens.
The presence of fecal coliforms does not always mean that feces are present in the water. When they are, pet waste is often a major contributor to fecal coliform populations, especially in urban areas with a large dog populations. Many communities have enacted pooper scooper ordinances to help reduce the amount of waste in their waterways and increase the quality of their water.