Teenage Guinea Pig
- Aug 25, 2009
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- West Yorkshire, UK
In the winter months I often get my daily grass for my rodents from several places, some places are unlikely to of been weed or pood on by dogs but the nearer areas are quite likely to of been weed and pood on at some stage. Obviously itâ€™s best to get grass where I think itâ€™s cleaner but if Iâ€™m in a hurry or itâ€™s chucking it down I donâ€™t want to be trekking far for it. (& a 7 minute walk each way along the main road carrying a washing up bowl with snippers in and bending down in front of the Late Shop with people walking past giving me funny looks is humiliating enough.) So I often get grass which is near my house but might have been weed on. If I think thereâ€™s a real danger itâ€™s been weed on, like itâ€™s where dogs would walk or the grass hasnâ€™t been cut for a while and it hasnâ€™t rained and rain hasnâ€™t washed it a bit then Iâ€™ll wash it in a washing bowl before giving it to my rodents but I donâ€™t always if I think itâ€™s unlikely to of been weed on, I take a risk.Well does rain or washing grass in a bowl make much difference? Because it absolutely bombed it down last night and I thought the grass everywhere would be pretty much safe this morning but as I was grass picking today I noticed a tiny trace of poo by where Iâ€™d been sniping, it dawned on me later that there must have been a poo there but someoneâ€™s bagged it up and removed it. Well if I got grass right by it then maybe my grass that I fed to my rodents was contaminated, Iâ€™ve been kicking myself for not chucking it away and getting some more and Iâ€™ve just been briefly googling dog poo dangers and read thisâ€¦
I mean can guinea pigs contract any of those diseases? & if guinea pigs have those diseases are they usually found to be contracted from dozy owners picking grass from dog poo hot spots?& do you know what health risks weed on grass poses too?
Grass is my rodents favourite treat, they go wild for it. I have two very small lawns but it doesnâ€™t grow in winter and I have nothing to give them so thatâ€™s why I go elsewhere and grass just isnâ€™t in abundance around where I live. Well thereâ€™s the canal towpath but thatâ€™s extremely likely to be contaminated, I'm steering well clear of there.I mean on weekends when I'm out walking several miles from civilisation I get grass where it's safe but most days I get it where it could possibly have been peed on.
Dog waste is more than just an annoying chore, it can pose a serious health risk. Here's why. A large number of common parasites, including round worm, are transmitted by dog waste. Even though it takes about one year for the dog waste to disintegrate, other parasites can remain in the soil for many years. As a result, any human or animal who comes in contact with the soil also comes in contact with the infected eggs.
Children have an even greater risk at getting some of these diseases cause they are constantly in contact with the soil on the ground. Whether its playing football, soocer or just digging up dirt, they come in contact with it. Afterwards, they tend to put their fingers in their mouths or rub there eyes. But even a group of teens or adults playing Frisbee or touch football in an open area could be in danger.
Parasitic infections can make humans extremely sick, and for pregnant women, can pose a serious harm to their unborn child.
Animal waste is one of the most common sources of the following diseases:
Coccidia, Giardia, Hookworms, Parvo Virus, Roundworms (ascarids), and Whipworms.
Not only does dog waste contain parisites and diseases, it also effects the water we drink. Here is an aricle from USA today regarding Dog waste and the water we all drink.
I mean can guinea pigs contract any of those diseases? & if guinea pigs have those diseases are they usually found to be contracted from dozy owners picking grass from dog poo hot spots?
Grass is my rodents favourite treat, they go wild for it. I have two very small lawns but it doesnâ€™t grow in winter and I have nothing to give them so thatâ€™s why I go elsewhere and grass just isnâ€™t in abundance around where I live. Well thereâ€™s the canal towpath but thatâ€™s extremely likely to be contaminated, I'm steering well clear of there.