It’s official! The bathing water season is over! This may be sad news for swimmers and it means that we have to finally admit that summer is over, but it’s good news for our furry friends who are now allowed back on the beaches!
Dog bans are in place on many beaches along the North West coast during the bathing water season, but once it’s over, we can start walking our pooches on sand once again.
So at this time of year, we like to remind everyone to pick up after their dogs and leave only paw prints.
Here are some doggy facts to inspire you to buy some poo bags and make sure you have them with you whenever you go to the beach!
- 27% of the population in the North Wets own a dog. That’s 852,000 households.
- In 2017, there were 1,110,000 dogs in the NW.
- There are 8 million dogs in the UK and they create 1000 tonnes of dog mess every day.
- There are enough E.coli bacteria in one dog poo to contaminate an Olympic size swimming pool (around 3 million litres of water).
- A single gram of dog poo can contain up to 23 million faecal coliform bacteria!
- Dog waste can also spread parasites such as hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, ringworms, tapeworms, Parvovirus and Salmonella.