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    Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!

    I've read the other posts on this topic, but decided to post mine as it’s a little different. I have a 6lbs yorkie who loves to swim. This past weekend he pooped into our pool (which is also new this year) and it was LOOSE! I was able to most of it out of the water since he went onto a floating mattress, but some of it still got into the water. I tested my dog for crypto and giardia and he didn’t have it. I super shocked the pool and closed it for two days with the pump running continuously. I may even change the cartridge filter.

    My questions is… do I need to do anything else? Should I drain the water? I have a preschooler who has just learned to swim under water and sometimes takes a gulp of the water and I also have 7 month old. Just the thought of him taking a gulp of the poopy water makes me nauseated. How can I make sure my water is clean? Will it ever be as clean as it was before the accident?

    Thanks a lot!
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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!

    You're fine! Accidents happen. Sometimes, it's a dog who poops on a float, other times it's a baby who goes in his diaper. Have you ever been in a community pool with all those little kids? Have you ever had a baby finger paint his crib with the contents of his diapers? Poop happens and yet, we've all survived.

    You've had your pup tested for crypto and giardia (good dog owner!!!) and he's clear. You've shocked the pool and closed it for 2 days. That's far more than what's done to lakes and rivers which take on agricultural runoff and still are open to public swimming without people falling over sick.

    You did all the right things. Go swim, have fun.
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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!

    Just think of all the poop in the ocean from fish, animals and humans. The only time they close the beach is when we have rip currents or bad storms.
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    Yea...in the the words of Forrest Gump (&%$# happens)....sometimes! LOL

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    Thanks a lot for your replies! It does put my mind at ease.
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    If you want to be a bit more scientific about it, do proper testing and watch your FC and CC levels. If you keep losing FC, then it might indicate that there are still some leftover organics in the water. If your CC level increases, it may require a really big dose of chlorine (dare I say "shock" on this form! LOL), to get it under control.

    But I agree with everyone else....IT happens and you've done a lot to get rid of it already.
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    I mean absolutely, positively no disrespect, & I hate to sound like I'm beating a dead horse (though I may very well be) but would an ozonator be useful in this situation?
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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!

    The rare incidents like this don't justify the expense of an ozonater on a residential pool, IMO.
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    WARNING

    What I want to know is how many people "surgically" scrub their bottoms before going into a pool or spa? And how many people really get their bottoms "that" clean with a quick shower especially if they don't have a hand held shower to thoroughly rinse. (Bacteria grow on soap bars.) How many people scrub with personal wipes after #1 and #2, in addition to wiping? How many people surgically scrub under nails after #2? You can skip this one if you wear exam gloves when you go. I know someone who always uses them... hint... he lives in my house. (He washes his delicate hands at work so much that he uses exam gloves for many things around the house.)

    How many people close the lids on toilets when they flush? According to "Britain's Queens of Clean" (BBC program "How Clean is Your House") bacteria can be thrown out of the commode when flushing. How many people remember to only use the "clean" hand when flushing? (Many men, mostly, don't wash their hands after #1 and most flush after. What is on that flush handle? What's on the sink faucet handles (anywhere about the house) too???

    How many people wash their hands in public restrooms and then use the door handle, without barrier between handle and hand, to open and leave the bathroom? Blech What's on those faucet handles in public rest rooms?

    How many people shake hands with people, even those you "know" and then fail to sanitize their hands (for what sanitizing wipes, gels, and sprays are worth)? How many people carry sanitizing products into a restaurant to clean hands, and sometimes table, before dining? Think about all those public surfaces you've touched before you pick up that nice dinner roll. I see parents, in restaurants, all the time putting hand food on tables for their young ones to munch on. What about all those nasty surfaces on the chair; seat, arm rest, child high chair and adult chairs??

    How many people handle money or touch surfaces in public places and then don't "sanitize" their hands; before eating, touching eyes or mucos membranes, biting nails? You get the picture.

    How many people sanitize their floors daily (or more?) after being outside in ones own yard, in public places, parks, malls, office, sidewalks, buses, trains, etc? How many people do bacterial test on their shoes and pet's feet to see what is carried into a house? How many people do a really good disinfecting wipe down of the "baby seat" area in shopping carts that are notorious for high counts of bacteria from leaky diapers, etc? How many people scrub down the shopping cart handles and their hands before using a shopping cart at food market? How many people disinfect their food product containers before putting them on the food prep counter or in the fridge? Where do people put their shopping bags, en transport to home, and where do they usually put them before unloading them in the kitchen?

    How many people reuse towels, cloths, sponges, in the kitchen, without disinfecting them after each use? How many people change out their dish towels, at least once daily?

    How many people put their shoes on their furniture?

    How many people set their bags, briefcases, purses, backpacks, etc., on floors of public places and then set them on the kitchen counter or dining table?

    How many people pick up anything from a floor and place it on the counter near where food is prepared and then don't disinfect the surface and surrounding areas several times a day. (Many residential kitchens have more bacteria and kinds of than many residential bathrooms.)

    How many people have carpeting in their homes? Carpets are nasty and it is very hard to sanitize them.

    Unless one lives in an area devoid of wildlife, especially birds, a lot of bacteria carried by dust goes into pools and spas, even from bird poop. Humans, even freshly washed ones, carry a lot of bacteria into pools and spas although most humans won't have parasites.

    How many people have cats? Many carry all kinds of bacteria on their feet and can go just about anywhere they want in the house. How many people kiss their pets on the face or let them lick you. And just how does a dog and cat clean themselves? Does your pet get on furniture, your bed, sit in your lap? If you feed them from dishes that you might use are they thoroughly disinfected before you use them?

    How many people have cat litter boxes in or near their kitchens?

    On and on........

    To me healthy-dog poop is one of the least offencive things that puts bacteria into my environment. I'd much rather have my dogs poop in my pool than most humans. Shoot, if your dog ever gets into the water or drinks from your pool, with than "nasty" tongue, there's probably a lot of fecal material being deposited in the pool from both ends.

    Just some things to think about.

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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!

    Thanks Alice... I need therapy now. But you are right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlu
    I've read the other posts on this topic, but decided to post mine as it’s a little different. I have a 6lbs yorkie who loves to swim. This past weekend he pooped into our pool (which is also new this year) and it was LOOSE! I was able to most of it out of the water since he went onto a floating mattress, but some of it still got into the water. I tested my dog for crypto and giardia and he didn’t have it. I super shocked the pool and closed it for two days with the pump running continuously. I may even change the cartridge filter.

    My questions is… do I need to do anything else? Should I drain the water? I have a preschooler who has just learned to swim under water and sometimes takes a gulp of the water and I also have 7 month old. Just the thought of him taking a gulp of the poopy water makes me nauseated. How can I make sure my water is clean? Will it ever be as clean as it was before the accident?

    Thanks a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbull
    Has anyone seen Caddyshack? Remember the scene with the Oh Henry bar in the pool??? LOL!
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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!Mysophobia

    A little background.

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm not a germaphobe by any means nor do I suffer from Mysophobia (pathological fear of contact with dirt, to avoid contamination and germs) both frequently associated with OCD cleaning/washing behavior. See http://www.usanetwork.com/series/monk/t ... index.html Mr. Monk not only suffers many phobias but we, DH and I, are pretty sure he is somewhere on the Autistic spectrum too, as a side note.

    Come to my house and one will see that there's plenty of "dirt" and "germs" around, but mostly in appropriate places. How does one live with a pack of country housedogs, with free access to both yards, even when it is raining, letting them on the leather sofa's (not beds) and one of their favorites, the antique "fainting sofa" in the dining room. My whole environment is a "dust bowl" inside and out.

    I've always had super resistance to most bacteria with which I come in contact but I've been a life long "virus magnet". Other way around for DH so we are always mindful of "bugs/germs" and usually take appropriate action to limit exposure to many things that are harmful to us, but there are limits to being careful, especially when it infringes on functioning.

    DH has had maybe two flu viruses and no more than five colds in the 34 years I've know him but almost lost a finger to infection under a fingernail from backwashing the pool for me, the one time he did it, many, many, many, years ago (and he wasn't wearing exam gloves ) Prior to that, and possibly during that episode, we had a dog returned to us, one of my Mastiff puppies, and one of the best, in all ways, produced from my breeding program, that had skin lesions almost totally covering him, several different bacterial infection going on at the same time, and systemic. We treated the poor boy for almost a year, incurring thousands of dollars in Vet bills. We couldn't get him cured so we had to finally "send him on". Most resistant was the pseudomonas, very resistant to antibiotics, and often surviving in biofilms. See this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudomonas None of the other dogs every go any infection. He was isolated from direction contact with the other dogs and puppies but they shared the same outdoor environment. A resistant pseudomonas was what got under DH's fingernail, on his dominant hand. Really scary as he plays Flamenco guitar and is a surgeon. And yes we are well supplied with various antibiotics for DH and the dogs. I rarely take them.

    I get cold viruses very easily and suffer from many upper respiratory virus infection throughout the year, most incapacitating for a day or two. A flu virus or two, every other year or so, that always puts me in bed, usually for a week, unable to even walk for a few days, with Meningitis and Encephalitis like symptoms, that continues to baffle the Neurologists and other specialist. (Every Lyme's test I've had, over the years, has been negative, but false negative is very common. I've probably had too many test for Lyme's to have 100% false negative results.) And, yes, I go through a lot of antivirals, when at the first sign of a virus or possible exposure to one. We keep Tami-flu too.

    DH is M.D. and I'm R.N., with extensive background, but no formal training in Veterinary medicine, so we have a little more inside exposure, training, and experience than most people.

    Anyone watch the TV programs "Monsters Inside Me" or "Medical Mysteries"? DH is pretty good at determining the "answers" before they are revealed at the end of program.

    The other day two of the "boys", doggies, got into one of their few tussles, over a puppy rope toy, just as I was leaving, running slightly late, as usual, to pick DH up at Airport. I swept it up and put it way back on the kitchen counter, near the sink, which is one of the most contaminated areas of the kitchen. I heard about this for days afterward when DH came home.



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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!

    OMG!!! gg, TMI!!!

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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    OMG!!! gg, TMI!!!

    Three Mile Island????
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    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    OMG!!! gg, TMI!!!

    Three Mile Island????
    No,TMI = too much information


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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!Mysophobia

    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    A little background.

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm not a germaphobe by any means nor do I suffer from Mysophobia (pathological fear of contact with dirt, to avoid contamination and germs) both frequently associated with OCD cleaning/washing behavior.



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    Re: Doggie Poop Accident - HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    OMG!!! gg, TMI!!!

    Hello Children

    You see children, this is just what can happen when your parents let your grandmother watch too much TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 257WbyMag
    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    OMG!!! gg, TMI!!!

    Three Mile Island????
    No,TMI = too much information

    I think she was trying to be funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    Hello Children

    You see children, this is just what can happen when your parents let your grandmother watch too much TV.

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