Can pet waste be a serious health concern?
There are many parasites that can be found in pet waste such as Heartworm, Hookworm, Roundworm, Tapeworm, and Whipworm. Giardia disease can also be found in your pet's waste. If your pet's poop is notproperly disposed of worm eggs and parasites can stay in your lawn for years. As a result, if you or a loved one comes into contact with an area of your yard infected by these biohazards you may become ill.
How can a human become infected by pet waste?
Pet waste that has been infected can be spread by mowing over pet waste or just stepping in dog poop, you can spread wormeggs and parasites though out your home and lawn. If an infected piece of material comes in contact with your mouth, nose, or eyes; you can become ill.
Issues when pet waste is not removed properly
- When dog poop is being picked-up, the tools you must be sanitized. Tools that have not been clean throughly can spread infected material.
- Dispose of pet waste in the trash, unwrapped waste in a toilet, and never discard pet waste in a storm drain. By removing pet waste this way it stops pollution in water.
- If pet poop is not removed completely, it will attract flies and other insects.
NJ Department of Health has estimated over 500,000 dogs in the state. This does not include cats and other small pets. Imagine the amount of pet waste as a whole affecting our water quality. Every Pet owner has the responsibility to be aware of the environment.