Last month we discussed the diseases people could potentially contract through their pet’s waste. This month we will list the diseases our beloved pets could succumb to via another dog’s feces. Scoopy Doo’s in Longmont understands how much you love and want to protect your pet, and our dog waste service is a very effective way to ensure their health!
Dog Waste Service Reduces Risk of Transmittable Diseases
- Tapeworms: Although a dog can only contract tapeworms by eating infected fleas, lice or rodents, the tapeworm’s life cycle involves shedding through stool.
- Other Intestinal Parasites: Roundworms, hookworms and whipworms all lay eggs that come out in the infected dog’s bowel movement. Other dogs can become sick when they eat contaminated soil, drink contaminated water or lick their contaminated fur or paws. All of these worms cause malnutrition and diarrhea but hookworms can also cause blood loss.
- Giardia: Puppies are at the highest risk of infection, but all dogs can become ill from this parasite that is shed in feces.
- Parvovirus: This virus is shed in enormous amounts through the stool of an infected dog, is highly contagious and can survive for months outside of a host- even in freezing temperatures. It causes severe vomiting and bloody diarrhea by attacking the gastrointestinal tract and there is no cure. Dogs who are very old or very young or have a compromised immune system may not be strong enough to fight through parvo.
It’s important to note that with warmer temperatures, comes an increase in the spread of canine viruses so hiring a dog waste service like Longmont’s Scoopy Doo’s is even more beneficial for the months ahead! And just so we don’t end this month’s news on a down note, here is a link to a wonderfully uplifting story about a shelter helping handicapped service dogs!