Keep pets healthy by picking up your pooch's poop
VETERINARY nurse Sophie Coome scoops her dogs' poop, and is urging locals to do the same.
The Torenbeek Vet Clinic worker understands the health dangers associated with not cleaning up after your dog does their business.
Along with the eyesore they create, they are a public health issue, says Dr David Jenkins from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University.
Dogs can transfer worms to humans through the process of Zoonosis.
From his research, Dr Jenkins has found that of the 3.41 million dogs in Australia, at least half a million dogs have intestinal worms.
"This means it's very easy to be exposed to worm eggs in areas visited by dogs, such as parks," Dr Jenkins says.
"Worms live in a dog's intestine, and have microscopic eggs that pass out with faeces and adhere to the hair around a dog's bottom. These eggs can then transfer easily to owners and their family through contact with their pet."
Sophie, who cleans up after her two dogs, Aldo and Tara, said it was important for dog owners to start pulling their weight, and to put aside their pride.
"Dog owners definitely need to know to pick up after their dogs because there's so many diseases and parasites that can be spread," she says.
"Some people are embarrassed to be seen picking up dog crap in public, and some people are just lazy as well, but it needs to be done for safety."
The Milbemax study found more than half of all Queenslanders were waiting a week or more before picking up poo in their backyard.
"We love our pets, but good habits are really important, particularly if you have little people in your home," says Dr Megan Parker, Professional Services Vet at Novartis Animal Health Australia.