Forget C.S.I. – the P.S.I. Team is on the case

The Park Scene Investigation team has travelled the UK uncovering scenes of canine crimes and owner offences

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:

  • Over half of UK dog owners (55%) admit they don't always pick up after their dog
  • Three out of five (59%) said that they see dog mess 'every' or 'nearly every' time they walk their own dog
  • Nearly four out of five dog owners (79%) said that dog mess is an issue in their area – with 27% saying it is only getting worse

How can you protect your family pet? By being a responsible pet owner through:

  • Regular worming with a vet-strength wormer can protect your dog – and in turn your family – from the risk posed by parasites including Roundworm, Lungworm and Tapeworm.
  • And picking up after your dog to help keep parks clean and prevent any further transmission.

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:

  • Around 2% of adult dogs being walked in parks shed roundworm (Toxocara) eggs; rising to 20% of dogs less than 6 months of age, and 48% of those less than 3 months.
  • Among dogs shedding eggs, a single gram of faeces contained an average of 150 to 3,700 worm eggs.
  • In a typical British city*, dogs produce around 3.6 tonnes of faeces per day containing around 3.7 billion roundworm eggs.
  • Most roundworm eggs are in the top 2cm of soil, hence quite accessible to humans through normal activities.

*Figure based on research carried out in Bristol

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