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Pet WasteDid You Know

What's the Problem?

Every time it rains, the potential exists for thousands of pounds of pet waste to wash down stormdrains and into streams, rivers and lakes. If not disposed of properly, pet waste flows directly into nearby streams and creeks without being treated at wastewater treatment facilities.

As a pet owner, you can help by simply picking up after your pet. Being a responsible pet owner not only keeps the areas you walk clean for everyone but also reduces contaminants in sotrmwater runoff. Pet waste can carry viruses and bacteria that are extremely harmful to humans and animals that live in or near our streams. In addition to the risk of disease, the organic matter and nutrients found in pet waste can degrade water quality. As pet waste decays in our waterways, it uses up dissolved oxygen and releases ammonia, killing fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste also contains nutrients that encourage excess weed and algae growth. This water then becomes cloudy and green - unattractive for swimming, boating, and fishing. Excess nutrients are a major cause of water quality decline, especially in the Little Alamance Creek watershed.

 

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When pet waste is disposed of improperly, water quality is the only thing that suffers - your health may be at risk, too!

Salmonellosis: the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans by other animals. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting and diarrhea.

Toxocariasis: roundworms usually transmitted from dogs to humans, often without noticeable symptoms, but may cause vision loss, a rash, fever or cough.

Toxoplasmosis: a parasite carried by cats that can cause birth defects if a woman becomes infected during pregnancy and can also be a problem for people with depressed immune systems.

 

 

 

 

Pet Waste

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