Pet waste is one of many sources of water pollution, and something most of us can easily address as we go about our daily routine. Rain water washes poop left on the ground into our storm drains which connect to creeks and bayous where the poo decomposes. During decomposition, this waste uses up precious oxygen needed by fish and other creatures to stay alive and healthy.
Pet Waste Infographic
Health Risks of Pet Waste
Pet waste may contain bacteria, viruses and parasites that are harmful to humans. Some diseases caused by pet waste include:
- Campylobacteriosis – bacterial infection that causes diarrhea in humans (carried by dogs and cats)
- Cryptosporidium – parasitic infection that causes diarrhea and abdominal distress (carried by dogs and cats)
What You Can Do
- Pick up waste when walking your dog.
- Pick up pet waste as often as you can, especially if rain is in the forecast.
What Not To Do
What not to do with pet waste, or "Waiting for the Poo Fairy", courtesy Mick Garratt.