Having a furry companion is undoubtedly a joy, but taking care of them comes with some essential duties, like cleaning up after them. Although picking up your dog's waste during walks and hikes seems like a simple task, what about in your own yard? With our hectic work schedules, social lives, and family responsibilities, it's easy to get sidetracked from this task. However, it's essential to keep on top of it, even if the mess doesn't bother you or your neighbors for quite some time. Aside from having to battle through a yard full of puppy landmines, letting the waste accumulate can be harmful to both dogs and humans, so it's crucial to clean it up as soon as possible.
How is dog poop dangerous?
Arguably, the most dangerous threat stemming from dog feces is Canine Parvovirus, a potentially deadly virus that is shed in dog waste. Commonly referred to as "parvo," it is an infectious DNA virus that affects the body's rapidly dividing cells. This means that the intestinal tract and bone marrow are most at risk as the virus attacks. Although it is most common in young and unvaccinated dogs, adult and senior dogs are still at risk. Once a dog is infected through oral contact with contaminated feces, symptoms will emerge within 3 to 7 days. These symptoms include lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea as the infection spreads. The best way to combat this virus is to get the canine parvovirus vaccine and, of course, remove pet waste as soon as possible. Only dogs can get parvovirus.
Hookworms are a common type of parasite that can infect both dogs and humans. They can be ingested or enter the body through the skin and are often spread through fecal matter. Once inside the intestines, the hookworm attaches itself to the lining and feeds on the host's blood and tissue. Hookworm infection symptoms in dogs and humans include black stool, vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss. If left untreated, hookworms can cause anemia in dogs and humans due to blood loss. To prevent infection, it is important to keep a clean home, dispose of waste promptly, and avoid contact with dog feces.
Roundworms are a common parasite that can affect both dogs and humans through oral contact. These parasites are found in the large intestines of dogs, especially in puppies who have eaten feces. As they feed on the nutrients in the small intestines of dogs, the symptoms of infection become apparent, including lack of growth, dull hair, vomiting, coughing, fatty liver, and diarrhea with mucus. Although most human infections are asymptomatic, roundworms can cause Visceral Larva Migrans, which leads to a fever and an enlarged liver. To prevent dogs from potentially ingesting feces, it is crucial to clean up after them as soon as possible.
Protecting yourself and your furry best friend. To avoid potential dangers for you and your pet, it's essential to maintain a clean and waste-free environment. However, it can be challenging to stay on top of your dog's messes. That's where DoodyCalls comes in - we'll take care of the clean-up so you have more time to do what you enjoy. You can customize a schedule to fit your lifestyle, and our removal technicians will systematically clear your yard of any waste by following a grid-like pattern. Our equipment is thoroughly sanitized between each client, ensuring that diseases don't spread from one yard to another. Contact us today to reclaim your free time and keep yourself and your pet safe and healthy!