Everyone knows dog poop is gross and stinky. But worse than that, it can sometimes carry disease. Even trace amounts that you can get from handling a little puppy can cause big problems if simple preventative measures are not taken.
This NPR article is one of many that have been circulating over the past few days describes one of the most recent, and thankfully, uncommon events of this kind. Camplyobacter is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea in a wide range of animals, and can be easily transmitted between animals, or from animals to careless people. It’s generally not a serious condition, and can be treated easily with antibiotics, but still a nuisance and gives puppies a bad name.
Other kinds of bacteria and parasites can be transmitted from pets to people, including Salmonella, E. coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidia. Typically, avoidance, wearing gloves while cleaning, and hand washing with soap and water is all you need to do to prevent transmission from poo to you.