Are you picking up what your pet is putting down?

WACH-TV, FOX Columbia SC: 07.19.2012

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 4.34.55 PMOf course pollution is an ongoing issue, but one pollutant that transmits bacteria and parasites into our waterways, potentially effecting our health, might be overlooked. That pollutant is pet waste, and experts say it can create a problem when it is not disposed of properly.

“When it rains, that waste will wash into our streams and rivers or our storm drains,” said Congaree Riverkeeper Bill Stangler. “Eventually it’ll get into the river, and it increases the bacteria and the nutrients.”

It can also transmit parisites into that water. Dog feces are common carriers of many parisites including hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and E. coli. One of the most common parasites in dog wast is roundworm, which can remain infectious in contaminated soil and water for years. A recent CDC study found 14% of Americans tested positive for roundworms.

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