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Old 11-18-2018, 05:54 PM
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Hello everyone,

Our dogs are victims of an unfortunate set of circumstances. Our neighbor’s pool collapsed with the heav rains my area had, flooding my backyard which was already super saturated by those same rains. The whole lot is basically a swamp now. Then we got heavy wet snow on top of all the mud and standing water that is now melting and compounding the issue. Both our dogs contracted giardia and are recieving treatment for it. They’re both on meds and to be retested in four weeks. The vet told us to prevent recontaimination by keeping the yard free of poop - which is easy if it’s just our dogs I’m cleaning up after. But the neighbor’s pool explosion means all their dogs’ feces are now washed into our yard. We have a huge population of wild rabbits that LOVE crapping in our yard (and the puppy loves eating it! Rabbit poop is dog candy). Not to mention the occassional deer that passes through (the older dog LOVES rolling in that - the baths afterward - not so much). I feel like it’s going to be damned near impossible to prevent recontaimination. We’re expecting more rain tomorrow and possibly more snow on Tuesday. Our yard is just going to get worse. Is there anything - anything at all we can do to make sure they don’t get recontaiminated once the treatment is over?

I know contamination between dogs to humans is unlikely, but should I be keeping them out of our bed when we sleep? Or doing anything else? I’m already wearing latex gloves when I clean their messes in the yard. We wipe their feet and butts when they come in with pet bath wipes so they hopefully aren’t tracking anything in.

Any advice is welcome and appriciated.
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:14 PM
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Focus on clearing the dog poop- the other poop -rabbits is not likely to make them sick as they dont eat meat so their poop is recycled grains leaf vege grass etc. Baby bunnies eat the rabbits poop as their 1st food as it still has some goodness in it. My dogs eaten rabbit poop lots of times & she was fine. You also might want to take them elsewhere on leads for pooping & pick it up especially until you have the yard more under control.
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