Did you know that thousands of registered dogs reside in Albuquerque? These dogs create tons of waste per day! If not handled properly, pet waste can spread diseases between pets, and infect children and adults with disease-causing bacteria and parasites. Pets and children who play in yards or in parks where pets defecate are most at risk for infection from disease-causing bacteria and parasites found in pet waste.
Diseases that can be passed from pet waste to humans:
- Campylobacteriosis – a bacterial infection carried by dogs and cats that frequently causes diarrhea in humans.
- Salmonellosis – the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans by other animals. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Toxocariasis – roundworms usually transmitted from dogs to humans, often without noticeable symptoms, but they may cause vision loss, a rash, fever, or cough.
- Toxoplasmosis– a parasite carried by cats that can cause birth defects if a woman becomes infected during pregnancy. Can also be a problem for people with depressed immune systems.
Get rid of pet waste the right way!
- When walking with your pet, take a plastic bag or paper cup along and dispose of the waste properly.
- Flush it down the toilet.
- Put it in the household trash after securely wrapping it. (Don’t use a yard waste container.)
- Be aware of any Animal Control ordinances that govern pet waste clean up –if the law is violated, you could be subject to prosecution.
Public Service Announcement
Established in 1965, Animal Humane/New Mexico is a not-for-profit organization that encourages the ethical treatment of animals by facilitating healthy, lifelong human + animal bonds, providing innovative enrichment programs and low-cost spay/neuter and clinic services, promoting awareness, and inspiring advocacy. Animal Humane/New Mexico offers pet adoptions at three locations, lost and found services, pet training and behavioral consultation, information on spay and neuter clinics in our area, and the Warm Hearts Network, a program that provides Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy throughout the community.