It’s always important to scoop your dog’s poop when you’re out on a walk in a public place…but it’s equally as vital to scoop in your own backyard. Besides an unsightly mess, did you know you and your children can get roundworms from infected dog droppings? Today’s tip is from the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) and it’s especially important as we move into warm weather and enjoying our backyards:
A number of common parasites, including roundworm, are transmitted via dog feces. When infected dog droppings are left on the ground, the eggs of the roundworms and other parasites can linger in the soil for years. As a result, anyone who comes in contact with the soil also comes in contact with the infected eggs.
Children run the greatest risk of infection because they’re prone to play in the dirt at the park or playground and then put their hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands. But even a group of teens or adults playing Frisbee or touch football in an open area could be in danger. Parasitic infections can make humans extremely sick, and for pregnant women can pose serious harm to their unborn child.