Did you know parks and open spaces across the UK are potential canine crime scenes? That they conceal nasty parasites lurking out of sight, just waiting to infect your dog and possibly people that use the park too?
Many don't - research by Maximum Worming has found that 35% of dog owners were unaware that dogs can pick up worms from a trip to the park and a further 47% didn't know that worms can be passed from dogs to humans.
The P.S.I. team has travelled the length and breadth of the country to investigate the extent of dog mess at our parks and will be working with local councils to help stamp out dog mess before you or your pooch stamp in it. Because when dog mess isn't cleaned up, worm eggs from infected dogs seep into the soil – just where other pooches love to play.
The P.S.I. team's research investigated fourteen parks in six UK cities and found that the average UK park contained 12 unscooped poops.
Not only this – the P.S.I. team has brought in 2,000 dog owners for questioning to get to the bottom of the issue of dog mess and has found that:
How can you protect your family pet? By being a responsible pet owner through:
Dr Eric Morgan of Bristol University, one of the UK's leading parasitologists, commented: "Not cleaning up dog mess is irresponsible and a key contributor to the spread of Roundworm, Lungworm and Tapeworm, both to dogs and other humans. When the dog mess isn't cleaned up, worm eggs can develop and then seep into the soil of the park."
"Our research suggests that just one acre of parkland is to host to approximately 3 million roundworm eggs in the top 2cm of soil. The fastidious removal of dog faeces from public areas and the use of vet-strength wormers are powerful ways to reduce the risk of transmission of worms."
Dr Eric Morgan and Maximum Worming have created a white paper on the issue of worms in public UK parks. Some of the key findings are:
*Figure based on research carried out in Bristol