If you have a pet – you also have pet poop. Let’s face it, even the cutest puppy is going to use your yard as a bathroom, so here’s how to stay safe while cleaning up the mess. We got this from Rodale Publishing – and it just proves we cover everything on this show.
- Let’s talk about cats. You can get something called toxoplasmosis from their waste. Symptoms include fever, chills, and muscle aches. Those symptoms might last a couple of weeks – and a normally healthy adult will recover with no problems. If you have a weakened immune system, it can actually be fatal. So how do humans get it? By touching anything that may have cat feces on it – like when you’re cleaning the litter box. The parasite only becomes infectious after 24 hours, so if you clean your cat box daily, you shouldn’t have a problem. Just wear gloves.
- On to dogs: From their waste, you can get round worm. So don’t go barefoot in your yard, if that’s your dog’s bathroom. If you don’t scoop their poop for seven days, the typical yard will have millions of round worms – which can cause diarrhea, coughing and wheezing. Another dog-related problem, campylobacter – a bug that lives in your dog’s feces. So if your dog has long fur – and you pet your dog, you could get it. So always wash your hands after petting Fido.
- What if you have a pet bird? Watch out for psittacosis – which can cause headaches. It comes from bird poop at the bottom of the cage that turns to dust which you inhale. So, if you’re cleaning your bird’s cage, wet the newspapers at the bottom with Lysol to avoid inhaling the infected dust.
- Your pet lizard can infect you with salmonella. 90% of iguanas carry salmonella and turtles can also spread the bacteria. How? Because your cold-blooded buddy has probably stepped in his own business. So wear gloves when touching him – or wash your hands immediately and thoroughly afterward.