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A series driven by urban density. More people, more pets, more poop.

 

Pet roundworms and hookworms: A continuing need for global worming. Parasites & Vectors 2012.

This paper is an excellent overview of Roundworms and Hookworms, which the author refers to as “the old fashioned” concern, simply because we have such a good understanding of how these parasites work.  A key observation from the paper:  “In fact, updated information on prevalence of parasites of dogs and cats and the risk factors associated with infection, as well as reinforcing veterinary and public health concerns, is of crucial relevance…The cornerstone to control intestinal parasitoses of pets is a combination of strategic worming methods (especially puppies, kittens and dams), wearing footwear when needed, supervising playing children and their interactions with pets, breaking faecal-oral routes by washing hands and removal and disposal of faeces from public and private grounds…”  This paper reminds us why we have dog feces stations in parks, and why we require owners to pick up their animal feces.  Some of the fundamentals expressed in this paper are also why we contain all animal feces, including human.  The grossness of this subject underlies the whole point of concern – county funded or endorsed TNR will release (literally based on shelter statistics) tens of thousands of cats onto the streets of our county each year.  Each outdoor cat creates a substantial fecel load which contaminates our environment – and implicates our public health on an easily understood level:  poop is bad!

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This entry was posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 1:45 pm and is filed under Longwoods Online.