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.