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Dog poop in school playground is "very concerning"
Dr. Mitch Shulman says dog poop can carry bugs, ranging from worms to infectious diseases
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A problem with dog poop at a Scarborough school playground is concerning and should be taken seriously by the school board, says Newstalk 1010 medical expert Dr Mitch Shulman.

Parents and school officials are complaining about dog owners allowing their pets onto the play area of the Adam Beck Public School and not cleaning up after them.

One parent tells the Toronto Sun that her son came home with poop in his hair.

"There's an obvious yuck factor," Dr. Shulman says.

But he adds that parents should be concerned because dog poop carries bugs that can get kids sick, ranging from worms to infectious diseases.

If your kids get any on their hands and then eat a sandwich for lunch without washing first, they can easily ingest those bugs.

The good news is they would have to ingest a large amount to get really sick.

"So that's probably why you're not hearing about lots of kids getting sick," he says.

Dr. Shulman adds that parents may not know a stomach ache came from exposure to a bug in dog poop.

School board officials tell the Sun there's only so much they can do about the issue. Dogs are not allowed on any school property. 

"I really don't think there's enough you can do to either punish or fine the owners of the dogs," Dr. Shulman says. "You're expected to clean up after your dog. There's absolutely no excuse for this happening."

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A problem with dog poop at a Scarborough school playground is concerning and should be taken seriously by the school board, says Newstalk 1010 medical expert Dr Mitch Shulman.

Parents and school officials are complaining about dog owners allowing their pets onto the play area of the Adam Beck Public School and not cleaning up after them.

One parent tells the Toronto Sun that her son came home with poop in his hair.

"There's an obvious yuck factor," Dr. Shulman says.

But he adds that parents should be concerned because dog poop carries bugs that can get kids sick, ranging from worms to infectious diseases.

If your kids get any on their hands and then eat a sandwich for lunch without washing first, they can easily ingest those bugs.

The good news is they would have to ingest a large amount to get really sick.

"So that's probably why you're not hearing about lots of kids getting sick," he says.

Dr. Shulman adds that parents may not know a stomach ache came from exposure to a bug in dog poop.

School board officials tell the Sun there's only so much they can do about the issue. Dogs are not allowed on any school property. 

"I really don't think there's enough you can do to either punish or fine the owners of the dogs," Dr. Shulman says. "You're expected to clean up after your dog. There's absolutely no excuse for this happening."

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