Dog Fouling and Toxocariasis

This post is because dog fouling is becoming an acute problem at Upper Rissington. Can those with dogs look after the environment and our health please?

Dog fouling and the health risks

The main reason for dog fouling laws is because dog faeces is unhygienic and a health hazard. Dog fouling is unsightly, unpleasant and can lead to toxocariasis in humans.

Fouling laws do not cover faeces from other animals, because they aren’t hosts for toxicara and are less likely to foul areas where the public walk or play,

Toxocariasis causes serious illness and even blindness. It is caused by a parasite known as Toxocara Canis (also known as Roundworm). These parasites live in dogs’ digestive systems. Eggs are released in the faeces of infected animals and contaminated soil. If someone ingests infected material, the eggs may hatch into larvae and can lead to toxocariasis.

Toxocariasis usually affects children aged between one and four years. But cases of toxocariasis have been reported in people of all ages. Young children are most at risk because they are more likely to put things into their mouths and less likely to wash their hands properly.

Symptoms of toxocariasis can include seizures, breathing difficulties, a very red and painful eye, and clouded vision, usually only in one eye. Left untreated, toxocariasis can cause permanent loss of vision in the affected eye.

Prevention of toxocariasis

The disease can be controlled if dog faeces are disposed of immediately in a responsible manner.

Regular worming of dogs can help reduce the problem and we recommend it is done regularly. Dog owners should get advice from their veterinarian about suitable products and worming programmes for their dog.

Always wash your hands after handling animals or soil and before touching food.

Here is the LINK to Cotswold District Council.

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  • Love your dog – love our neighbourhood and countryside!

    Plea to dog walkers in Upper Rissington

    There is nothing better for dog owners to enjoy than taking that daily walk but – please be mindful of the following:

    Dog fouling can be a serious issue and is very unpleasant. All dog owners need to be aware that they should clean up after their dogs for a number of reasons.

    • It is an offence not to clear up after a dog if it fouls in a public place; it could cost you a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 or a fine through the courts up to £1000.

    • It is a health hazard, particularly to children. Dog faeces can carry bacteria and viruses and a parasitic worm that could cause serious problems including blindness. Picking up immediately after a dog fouls and disposing of the mess properly will help prevent the worm developing and becoming infective. Pet owners should treat their animals for worms regularly.

    • It is unsightly, smelly and can prevent people from enjoying picnic areas and walks and stop children being able to play in open spaces.

    If you are a dog owner or regularly exercise someone else’s dog please clear up if the dog fouls, always carry a “poop scoop”, better still teach the dog to only foul at home.

    When you clear up after your dog, please dispose of the bag properly – take it home, use a dog litter bin or street litter bin. Do not sling it in the hedge, trees or ditch or leave it on the ground – this is littering, also an offence with penalties of £75 or up to £2500. It is also unsightly!

    If you see some one who doesn’t clear up after a dog and you know who they are, you can report it to the Cotswold District Council Environmental Wardens, (01285 623000). If you are willing to be a witness in court, the council can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice or take a prosecution if the penalty isn’t paid.

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