Dogs – Dirty and Dangerous – Stop Contaminating People!
Dogs smell. Smell badly. However, I don’t care about that, simply because I’d never get even close of them, much less to feel their aroma. The simple stench of a particular dog doesn’t necessarily make me sick. Or other people’s sick, by the way.
The problem is when the stench is caused by their feces (stop calling it ‘poop’, it’s just for little kids not to learn bad words, sorry ), droppings that are full of highly dangerous contaminants. You may see why I am so sensitive to this issue at “Why? The reasons why I started this website” and understand my sentiments.
“The real danger from dog feces is biological in nature — bacteria and even parasites that can cause a number of serious diseases.”
Dog feces do not ‘smell’ but actually malodor, stench, reek, and stink. All together with dangerous contaminants.
An odor (that we know as a smell) is caused by one or more volatilized chemical compounds, generally at a very low concentration, that humans perceive by the sense of olfaction.
In simpler words: when you get to feel the smell of dog feces you are actually breathing diseases, a number of them, actually.
One single gram of dog feces contains over 23 million fecal coliform bacteria along with giardia, salmonella, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and roundworms causing numerous health problems for humans, pets and wildlife.
Beaches, rivers, lakes and parks are often closed because of irresponsible dog owners and their failure to pick up their dog’s crap and this is now compromising the world’s water supply.
With well over 500 million dogs in the world dropping an average of over 200 grams of feces everyday, we get well above of 2.300.000.000.000.000 contaminants (2 quadrillion and 300 trillions), as listed above, each and every day! Tell me of a disease’s factory!
“When I did the exit walk through, they had all the doors and windows and garage door open. The tenant said she bleached the garage floor. There was a slight smell, but after closing everything up and coming back to my property after being gone only 2 hours for lunch, I opened the garage door and threw up my lunch.”
Living With a Neighbor who does Not dispose-off his/her ‘pet’
People who live with animals do Not realize how they — both the animal and the owner — smell bad. That is due to a human condition that makes them to get used to those odors, not triggering a threshold level in their brains to alert of the danger. Their homes, clothes, sofas, curtains… the general ‘smell ‘of a house is fetid. Most normal people (the ones who do not live with an animal) can notice that the first second they enter those kinds of houses. Allergic people so, they are lost.
Sure, animal-people may say “it is my house, I do whatever I want, I can let it smell all the way I want, and nobody can tell me the contrary”. They are right. Only to a point.
Fences are not impenetrable shields. Not seeing the poop (“quit peeping through the fence” is their argument) is hardly a remedy for its odor.
As soon as those odors start to travel though walls and fences, like from decaying feces in the porch, decomposing naturally on the grass… It’s no normal dog poop smell. It’s the bad odor of months and months of sitting dog poop. Just visualize a meat eater in a small area that never has $Hit cleaned up.
No one needs to spy on that patio to know what is over there, they can smell for themselves rightly from Their own property.
Good-mannered neighbors — mostly non dog-owners — are forced to keep putting up with this for days, weeks, months or even years, either consecutively or alternatively, still paying their dues, still obeying the law, but not being be able to enjoy their homes, their porches, their gardens, their backyards. A barbecue? Forget it!
When that happens, a matter of Public Health ensues and authorities MUST take immediate action, as soon as they are informed or notice the problem themselves.
Just by being responsible, they would help to:
- Keep property values increasing, not decaying.
- Improve overall safety since these offenders many times commit other crimes, even felonies. Police know that very well when they do traffic stops.
- Reduce local public health costs by helping hospitals not to have to treat too many people affected by a number of diseases, including allergies.
- Increase the overall nice feeling of a community, what makes people wanting to live there.
- Due to the above, help with a higher economic activity that brings more commercial taxes from businesses to the city
- Tourist area? Better advertising for the city everywhere, without having to pay anything for that. What brings even more tourists, let’s not forget..
- Politicians would get a better profile among voters and get much higher chances of bein re-elected.
All this while bringing MORE REVENUE MONEY for the city.
If Animal Control can’t do even this little, their services are no longer needed.
“Shit happens. Yes, and we are fighting against it”
Dog Feces – a Public Health Matter
There is an excellent paper from The University of Minnesota that treats about dog feces as a Public Health matter, and we take the liberty to list some major findings below.
Is there any human health danger to this practice (using dog’s feces as manure)?
Yes, both dog and cat manure contain organisms that cause human health problems.
What is the hazard in dog manure?
The common large roundworm, called Toxocara canis can also infect humans.
How common is this worm in dogs?
It is estimated that 90% of young puppies are infected with ascarids or large roundworms.
How do humans become infected?
They get the infective eggs in their mouth. The eggs are transferred to mouth by the person’s fingers, food, or other objects contaminated by dog feces.
What kind of symptoms would a person have who is infected by dog worms?
1) A condition called Visceral Larval Migrans. The ascarid eggs hatch in a person’s small intestine. The little worms or larvae get into the blood stream and float to the liver. They migrate in the liver and get to the blood stream that goes to the lungs. Some may enter the general circulation and end up in different parts of the body. They have been found in the human heart, brain, spinal cord, skin, and other tissues. The symptoms would vary depending on where the larvae become attached.
2) Another condition is called Ocular Larval Migrans. The immature ascarid worms or larvae can affect the human eye. The larvae attack the retina and cause blindness. Many eyes of children have had to be removed which until recently was the only treatment for this problem.
How long can ascarid eggs live in the soil?
They can live for many months, or many years depending on soil conditions.
How common are these infections in humans?
Probably more common than the figures show. It’s a difficult disease to specifically diagnose. Physicians are not required to report this disease so there are no accurate statistics. A test in 1978 used by the U.S. Public Health Service on 2,606 human samples showed 30% positive. In a pediatric hospital 37% of all the retinal diseases of children’s eyes were positive for dog ascarid larvae. This is definitely a potential human health hazard.
What problem does cat feces pose as a human health problem?
The principal disease transmissible to humans is called Toxoplasmosis.
What is Toxoplasmosis?
This is an intestinal parasitic disease of cats and other animals. It affects the intestines and other tissues and the cysts are shed in the feces.
How does it affect humans?
It is associated with abortion and malformation of the unborn child in pregnant women. How common is this disease in Wisconsin cats? About 45% of the cats tested at the Central Animal Health Laboratory were positive.
How long do cats spread this organism?
They spread this organism for about 7-10 days after they become infected. They then become resistant, and fewer eggs are shed.
How is Toxoplasmosis spread to humans?
The eggs are usually placed in the mouth by fingers or objects contaminated with cat feces. Garden produce contaminated with cat feces containing infective eggs could be a human health hazard for pregnant women.
With all that and you still want to have a dog? And say it is safe? Well, I say it’s INSANITY!
The University of Minnesota
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