Please clean up after your pet

OVER the past year or so, there have been several letters about the inability of a minority of dog owners to clear up their dog’s mess in playing fields, on pavements etc.

It is well-known that a parasite may be present in dog excrement that could result in blindness to children.

What may not be so well known is the effect of this on other dogs. Over the Christmas period, our dog was taken seriously ill with E coli and had to have two serious stomach operations and spend three weeks at the vets.

Our dog likes to sniff everything along the way and sometimes lick, often things hidden in longer grass.

A large proportion of dog mess harbours the E coli virus and dog excrement may have been the source of our dog’s illness.

If those dog owners who can’t be bothered to remove their dog’s mess couldn’t care less about the health of young children, could they at least give a thought to their own dog and other dog’s health, as well as their own pockets.

Quite apart from the fact that, but for the skill of the vet, we could easily have lost our beloved pet, the cost of the operations and time at the vets was nearly £9,000 (luckily, mostly covered by insurance).

If all owners picked up their dog’s mess, no dog or child would be at risk.