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Scoop the Poop: How Pet Waste Affects You & Your Furkid’s Health

Pet Health A-Z 3 min read
in front of a dog, there is a female arm with plastic bag picking up pet waste, dog's poop on a grassland.

We all love our furry (or feathery or scaly) friends. But let’s face it, being a pet parent comes with some less-than-glamorous responsibilities, and scooping your pooch’s poop is definitely at the top of that list. While it might seem like a minor inconvenience, those little piles of pet waste can actually have a significant impact on your little one’s health – and even yours!

Why is pet waste so harmful?


Pet waste can harbor a variety of nasty parasites, just waiting for an unsuspecting host. Dogs already infected with these worms can also shed microscopic eggs in their feces and infect other dogs who come close to the abandoned poop.

Weak dog lying on the concrete street after licking pet waste

These internal and external parasites are highly contagious and may cause a range of health problems for your little one, including:

  • Roundworms: These intestinal parasites can stunt growth in puppies and cause symptoms like stomach pain, lethargy, diarrhea, and vomiting.
  • Hookworms: These blood-sucking parasites can cause a painful rash and anemia in your little one. Once they invade their body, it can even lead to complications, even death in severe cases.
  • Tapeworms: These segmented worms can cause weight loss, itching around the anus, and vomiting.
  • Whipworms: Chronic diarrhea is the most common indication of whipworm in dogs and cats.
  • Coccidia: This single-celled parasite can cause bloody diarrhea, especially in puppies and kittens.

By promptly removing pet waste from your yard or environment, you significantly reduce the risk of your furkid (or other animals) coming into contact with these harmful parasites.

If your little one, unfortunately, got invaded by these parasites, NHV Inulin-PK is our natural dewormer that helps control bleeding & repair damage caused by them and supports gastrointestinal tract healing.

Bacteria & Viruses

In addition to parasites, pet waste can also be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses. These microscopic agents can cause a variety of illnesses in furkiddos, including:

  • Parvovirus: This highly contagious virus can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, and even death, especially in unvaccinated puppies.
  • Distemper: This potentially fatal virus can cause respiratory problems, fever, and neurological issues.
  • Salmonella: This bacteria can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.
  • Giardia: It can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
  • E. coli: This infection in a puppy can rapidly develop into sepsis, which can be fatal. Other symptoms like watery diarrhea and weakness may also occur.

NHV Natures Immuno and NHV Stimmune can be very beneficial to furkids with infections. They both help strengthen the immune system and fight against viral and bacterial infections. If you want recommendations to support your little one with a specific infection, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Keeping your pet (and your furmily) healthy

So, what can you do to minimize the risks associated with pet waste?

Disposal of pet waste/dog poop bags into a green bin.
  • Scoop the Poop – Daily! This is the golden rule! The sooner you remove waste, the less chance there is for parasites, bacteria, and viruses to spread.
  • Proper Disposal of Waste: Don’t just toss pet waste in your backyard trash can. Use a pet waste bag and dispose of it in a sealed container.
  • Practice Good Hygiene: Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling pet waste. This helps prevent the spread of germs to yourself and others.
  • Maintain a Clean Environment: Regularly disinfect areas where your pet goes to the bathroom to reduce the risk of parasite and bacteria transmission.

By following these simple steps, you can help keep your little one healthy, your yard clean, and your furmily safe from the unseen dangers lurking in pet waste. Remember, a clean environment is a happy and healthy environment for everyone – including your furkiddo!

If you have any questions about pet waste or anything else, click the button below to connect with us!

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Published: April 22, 2024

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