The Dangers of Dog Faeces on Playing Pitches.

We here at The Manor Fields are all about encouraging and active lifestyle for all . For many people that active lifestyle includes walking your dogs. We love to see dogs here with their owners getting exercise, but we would like to educate you on a few things. Even the most responsible of dog owners often aren’t aware of the dangers of dogs on playing pitches.

Please keep your dogs on leads at all times. Please do not allow your dogs on the grass playing pitches or the AstroTurf pitch at any time. If your dog poops on the pitches this can be highly dangerous. Please see below for a list of illness humans can pick up from dog faeces.

Please remember that these pitches are being used by your fellow community members, your children and your grandchildren. The presence of dog faeces on pitches can be potentially fatal to those using the pitch.

There was a case very recently in Wales, where a rugby player who slid in dog faeces on a pitch nearly lost his leg due to an infection through an open wound.

So please think before you leave your dogs onto any pitches. And if they do have an accident, please use a poo bag and bring it home with you to dispose of properly

Human diseases transmitted by dog poop

From bacteria

Campylobacteriosis symptoms include diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. The illness typically lasts one week but for people with compromised immune systems, Campylobacter can spread to the bloodstream and result in a life-threatening infection.

E. Coli and other fecal coliforms live in the intestines of many animals. Certain strains can escape into the bloodstream, or cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. For people with weakened immune systems, E.coli infection can result in death.

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

Yersiniosis is another bacterial disease that can cause intestinal infections in people. Yersinia can multiply in cold water, unlike many other bacteria and may be found in elevated numbers in ponds, puddles and lakes as they thaw in the spring.

From parasites

Cyclospora infection usually incubates in the body for a week and then causes gastroenteritis that can wax and wane for over a month.

Cryptosporidium and Giardia microscopic parasites found in water. They can cause intestinal diseases (giardiasis or “beaver fever ” and cryptosporidiosis).

Roundworm (including hookworm and whipworm) larva can migrate throughout the body to the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, or eyes. Roundworm larva can cause blindness.

Tapeworms can infect humans through the pores of their skin or by being ingested. They attach to the intestines and absorb nutrients from their host.

Toxoplasmosis, a parasite carried by cats, can cause birth defects if a woman becomes infected during pregnancy or for people with depressed immune systems.

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