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Whilst we all love dogs, we need to be mindful that dog poo is home to literally millions upon millions of bacteria and viruses.
Picking up dog poo makes sure that most of this is carefully disposed of – but millions of bacteria and viruses remain on the ground. Each gram of dog poo is reckoned to contain around 24 million bacteria and viruses, including many that are dangerous if ingested by other dogs, and many that are harmful to humans.
These bacteria and viruses come into contact with our food, or are simply transferred to the hands of toddlers and children when they play outdoors – from which point it’s incredibly easy for tiny remnants of poo to find their way into our digestive systems.
Bacteria and viruses can also enter sports players through small cuts and grazes.
We all love dogs, and we love responsible owners.
Most of us pick up our dog’s poo because we’re aware that it’s unpleasant to walk in, and because it carries hundreds of millionsof harmful bacteria and viruses.
But after even the best pick up, there are still millions of these bacteria and viruses remaining on the ground, and in high footfall areas such as pavements, gardens, play areas and sports fields, these are quickly spread.
And the spread causes cross-infection by very simple transfer – transmitting viruses such as Parvovirus to other dogs, and infections such as E-Coli and Salmonella to us.
Some of this is harmless, but much is potentially extremely dangerous – dog poo remains are a significant cause of the spread of Parvovirus between dogs, and numerous bacteria from dog poo remains can cause us very serious infection.