Ebola in Dogs

Ebola in dogs
Whilst listening to the news today regarding the Ebola victim in Spain I learnt that her dog had been destroyed as it could also have contracted the disease from her.  I have no idea whether Ebola can be passed on via animals, and it would appear that scientists have differing opinions themselves, but it did cause a certain amount of fear in my mind.  I’m not one to pay much heed to the scare mongering which is prevalent in our media these days, but it occurred to me that if dogs can carry and transmit the Ebola virus, via excreted viral particles, this could cause a much greater problem.  Being in the business I’m in, I know all too well that despite the fact that dog poop should be picked up everywhere many choose to ignore this fact, even making an excuse that it isn’t on a path or in a public place.  However, the reason it should be picked up everywhere is that the toxins in dog waste poison the land and make their way into our water table, and I for one wouldn’t want the water table to be infected with Ebola.  My aim is not to cause pandemonium amongst you, I am not claiming to be an expert on the subject, merely voicing the thoughts that went through my head this morning.  I just hope this might make some people think a little more intelligently about why they should pick up after their dog and stop making excuses about where and when it’s OK to leave it!  
I know I’m biased, but even my customers tell me, that with a Dicky Bag there is no excuse for not picking up everywhere, and it’s about time the lazy people, the “I walk in a field so I can leave it to break down naturally”, were held to account! It is estimated that 20-30% of stream pollution is caused by the toxins from dog waste and residue dog waste. They are poisoning our countryside, other animals and our water.

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