There's all sorts of reasons you should pick up your pup's poop. If you live in a city, it's the least you can do to be a good neighbor (and follow the law)! And if you live in the suburbs or the countryside, you might know that, unfortunately, dog poop is not the best fertilizer.
Even more concerning are all sorts of illnesses you can pick up from exposure to your dog's poop. So clean it up and keep yourself safe! Otherwise, you better learn the warning signs from these illnesses that you can catch from your dog's… um… leftovers. These are some of the illnesses you can pick up from bacteria in your pup's stool:
SALMONELLA (Salmonellosis) - The most common bacterial infection passed from animals to humans. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea.
E. COLI - E.Coli and other similar bacteria live in the intestines of many animals and certain strains can get into your bloodstream. If you're infected, you might experience stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. If you have a weakened immune system, E.coli infection could be fatal.
CAMPYLOBACTERIOSIS - Symptoms include diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. In most cases, the illness lasts about a week. If your immune system is weak or compromised, watch out. Campylobacteriosis could spread to the bloodstream and potentially cause a life-threatening infection.
YERSINIOSIS - A bacterial disease that can cause intestinal infections. Unlike many other bacteria, yersinia can multiply in cold water, so be careful your first trip to the neighborhood lake after it starts thawing in the Spring.
And here are some illnesses that come from parasites that live in your dog's poop. Parasitic illnesses can usually be more stubborn and a little harder to treat than bacterial infections…
CYCLOSPORA - An intestinal illness that usually incubates in the body for a week, and then breaks into a stomach flu that can come and go for over a month.
CRYPTOSPORDIUM and GIARDIA - These are microscopic parasites found in water, and they can cause intestinal diseases. Do you know what Beaver Fever is? Not sure you wanna know…
ROUNDWORM LARVAE - These little pests can move throughout the body, ending up in your brain, or lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, or eyes. At their worst, the roundworm larva can cause blindness.
TAPEWORMS - They infect humans by being eaten or by transmitting through the pores of your skin. Then they attach to the intestines and absorb your nutrients. Not cool, tapeworm.
TOXOPLASMOSIS - This illness might cause flu-like symptoms, and if you have a depressed immune system, the complications can be more serious. And if you're pregnant, the illness can pass birth defects on to your child.