Poop in Your Yard is a Ticking Time Bomb
We’ve learned the hard way with our own dogs the medical and financial price to pay by not keeping a poop-free yard. It’s too easy for your pooch to step in feces, bring it back into the house, and lick it off their feet or hair. It is estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. It attracts disease-carrying pests (like rats) and flies. It can not only transmit disease and parasites to your dog, but also other pets and small children. Unlike cow manure, dog feces is protein-based which makes it toxic to your grass and produces large brown patches of dead grass.There are numerous parasites that a dog can ingest with feces:
- Coccidia are one-celled parasites that multiply in the intestinal tracts of dogs and cats and are spread through fecal matter. The primary sign of an animal suffering with coccidiosis is diarrhea which can be mild to severe depending on the level of infection. Blood and mucus may be present, especially in advanced cases. Severely affected animals may also vomit, lose their appetite, become dehydrated, and in some instances, die from the disease.
- Giardia is another one-celled parasite that lives in soil, food and water. It may also be on surfaces that have been contaminated with waste. The feces is often abnormal in shape (or diarrhea), pale in color, has a bad odor and appears greasy. The infected animal normally doesn’t lose it’s appetite but will start to lose weight.
- Parvovirus is transmitted from dog to dog through feces or physical contact and is a killer if not treated early on. The virus is very hardy and can remain contagious for up to one year. Symptoms include pale gums, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Puppies are highly susceptible to this virus.
Your Dog’s Health is at Stake So Let Us Do Your Dirty Work
Whether you’re too busy or too grossed out, no yard is too much for us to handle. We will be happy to get rid of those landmines in your backyard so that both you and your dog can walk without fear of disease or a major shoe clean-up.
Depending on the number of dogs you own and how often they use the yard, we can schedule weekly, semi-weekly poop scooping or any other increment that fits your needs. Call 727-584-PAWS (7297) today for more information or to sign-up.