Pet Waste

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Dogs produce a lot of waste, which over time, can pose a health threat to swimmers, wildlife, and water quality.

Dog waste carries high levels of harmful E. coli bacteria and other pathogens that can wash into storm drains and waterways, increasing public health risks and causing infections.  Health problems include:

  • Campylobacteriosis: A bacterial infection that causes diarrhea in humans.
  • Giardiasis: A protozoan infection of the small intestine that can cause diarrhea, cramping, fatigue, and weight loss.
  • Salmonellosis: Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Toxocariasis: An animal to human infection that is caused by roundworms found in the intestines of dogs. The parasite can cause vision loss, rash, fever or cough, and is a particular threat to children exposed to parasite eggs in sand and soil.

Celebrity Sightings in New York - May 19, 2009When you walk your dog, make sure to carry a plastic bag with you so that you can pick up the waste and dispose of it properly.

Flushing is the best disposal method (don’t flush the plastic bag), but you can also dispose of it in a trash can.

Deliberately leaving pet waste on the ground is not only unpleasant and unhealthy, it is often punishable by fines.