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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
In addition to the benefits of keeping pets, there are some disadvantages. One of these is the need to dispose of feces deposited in the environment
Pet owners have an obligation to minimise the nuisance that their pet may cause to neighbours and other members of society. However many owners are extremely inconsiderate and allow their dogs to roam freely, or to defecate inappropriately in public or private places. One of the most controversial issues over the past 20 years has been the need to introduce legislation to control defecation by dogs in public places.
Fecal contamination of the environment creates two main problems :
Some other infections that can be transmitted from feces and/or urine from pets include :
Feces (and other excreta including urine and urine-stained bedding ) from all types of pets should be handled hygienically using protective gloves, washable plastic, or disposable scoops etc. Hands should be washed thoroughly as soon as possible after handling waste products, or contaminated materials - especially before eating.
Waste must be disposed of in accordance with national and local authority regulations. In the UK in most urban areas and on beaches strict regulations apply :
There are no specific controls for cats or other pets, although their are general laws protecting the public from "nuisance" caused by pets.
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