Dog info

Did you know that dogs have "needs"??

They need to do stuff that we often find unacceptable - letting them get these things out of their system often makes a happier dog and human!

The breed of your dog determines behaviours that are bred into your dog. These innate behaviours are very difficult to change or remove. Understanding what traits your dog has and needs to do, can help you to understand your dog better and you will then both enjoy life much more.

In general dogs have a need to: chew, run, sniff, dig, meet other dogs, company, walks and sleep!! In fact they need their sleep more than we often allow.  They need a cosy den that they can go to and be left alone. A place where they can sleep in peace. 

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Don't feed other peoples dogs!  Why??

If you do this, you are teaching the other dog bad habits.  The dog you feed may assume it will get food from EVERYONE it meets when out and about.  It may run up to EVERYONE expecting food.  It won't understand that some people do not want to feed it - some people are frightened of dogs.  It won't understand that while the last person encouraged the dog to jump up for the food, the next person does not want this.  It may be a child that the dog jumps up at?  Or an elderly person. The dog you feed may have stomach problems and not cope with the food you give.  It may be an assistance dog - a guide dog perhaps?  If you feed this dog, you are encouraging the dog to keep away from its owner, which is very frightening for the Blind owner. If this keeps happening then the guide dog may not be able to be let off the lead, due to learning to run away from its owner - all because someone has fed it.

Some foods are poisonous to dogs too!  

"Please God - make them drop that into my mouth!?? please!"

Don't feed other peoples dogs - PLEASE!

Why pick up your dogs’ faeces?

1 It’s the law

2 It’s common sense.

3 It’s the right thing to do.

4 It’s the responsible thing to do – we are responsible for our dogs.

5 It ensures a safe environment for you and your kids.

6 It shows we take a pride in our town.

7 It sets a good example.

8 It prevents the spread of bacteria and parasites that can make other dogs AND humans ill. 

A zoonosis is an infectious disease that is transmitted between species from animals other than humans ( ie dogs ) to humans or from humans to other animals ( ie dogs ) (the latter is sometimes called reverse zoonosis or anthroponosis). In direct zoonosis the agent needs only one host for completion of its life cycle, without a significant change during transmission.

Examples are salmonella, campylobacter, rabies and Toxocariasis.

Toxocariasis is an illness of humans caused by a larvae (immature worms) of either the dog roundworm (Toxocara canis), the cat roundworm (Toxocara cati) or the fox.

Transmission of Toxocara to humans is usually through ingestion of infective eggs. Dogs can lay around 200,000 eggs per day. These eggs are passed in cat or dog feces, but the defecation habits of dogs cause T. canis transmission to be more common than that of T. cati.  

Both Toxocara canis and Toxocara cati eggs require a several week incubation period in moist, humid, weather, outside of a host before becoming infective so fresh eggs cannot cause toxocariasis, therefore if we pick up after our dogs, problems can be prevented.

Many objects and surfaces can become contaminated with infectious Toxocara eggs. Flies that feed on feces can spread Toxocara eggs to surfaces or foods. 

Young children who put contaminated objects in their mouths or eat dirt (pica) are at risk of developing symptoms   

Some dogs are copraphagic – ie they eat other animals faeces ( this is a natural thing that most dogs like to do because they are dogs ) – these dogs often become ill and are unable to be allowed to run free due to others not picking up after their dogs in public places – and they are in danger of passing on parasites to their owners.

Humans can also contaminate foods by not washing their hands before eating  - if we pick up after our dogs ( and wash our hands! ) this can be prevented.

Humans are not the only accidental hosts of Toxocara. Eating undercooked rabbit, chicken, or sheep can lead to infection; encysted larvae in the meat can become reactivated and migrate through a human host, causing toxocariasis. Special attention should be paid to thoroughly cooking giblets and liver to avoid transmission

There are three main syndromes: visceral larva migrans (VLM), which encompasses diseases associated with major organs; covert toxocariasis, which is a milder version of VLM; and ocular larva migrans (OLM), in which pathological effects on the host are restricted to the eye and the optic nerve.

If we pick up after our dogs, problems can be avoided.

Most of us are responsible and DO pick up after our dogs.  We just want to spread the word to others – we don’t believe that others intentionally leave their dogs faeces – we just think they don’t realise the problems it can cause and hope that this article will help them to decide to pick up too.

Bags for picking up dog faeces can be collected free from most libraries, and can be put into any waste bin, not just a red bin.

If this annoys you and you see someone continually allowing their dogs to toilet in public places, not picking up, why not give them a bag to pick up?  Or perhaps tell the local dog wardens who they are?

April 2013

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