Owning a dog can bring enormous pleasure but it also brings great responsibility owners must ensure that their dog is properly looked after, fed and exercised. Owners must also ensure that they clean up after their dogs.
How many times have you trodden in dog mess? Its not pleasant. So why do some dog owners still fail to clean up after their dog?
Let's face it no one likes dog mess. Not only is it offensive and unsightly, it may also pose a risk to the health.
There are lots of rumours and misunderstanding surrounding Toxocara canis, so what is the truth?
- Toxocara canis is a roundworm that lives in the guts of dogs and foxes and its eggs are excreted in the faeces of infected animals
- The eggs take over two weeks to hatch, therefore there are no health risks to you from immediately picking up after your dog.
- Approximately 5% of dogs expel Toxocara eggs.
- Toxocara infection can cause a range of symptoms ranging from abdominal pain, headaches and eye disorders.
- Despite media hysteria the incidence of disease is only 2 people per million of the population. However this does mean that over 40 people are affected every year, and for these individuals the results can be distressing.
- Young children are particularly at risk of infection because their play habits make them more likely to come into contact with contaminated soil. Many young children also have a habit of eating soil.
- The best course of action is to prevent our parks and open spaces from becoming infected.
Under the Dogs Fouling of land act 1996 it is an offence not to clean up after your dog.
Saying that you didn't see your dog defecate is no excuse!
Animal Warden Services not only collect information from members of the public concerning dog fouling, we also conduct undercover patrols in the Breckland area. Anyone convicted of failing to clear up after their dog will face a fine of up to £1000.
It is also worth noting that anyone caught will also have to face the embarrassment and humiliation of being caught for dog fouling.
SCOOP that POOP
There are lots of dedicated dog bins in the Brekland area, so please use them. However Bagged dog waste can also go straight into your wheelie bin at home.
Any dog waste collected at home should stay at home. Just bag it and place in your wheelie bin.
If you have any questions or information concerning dog fouling please get in touch.