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Good intent gone awry is a great way to describe the conditions
when things get out of control with your pets. According to Wikipedia: Animal hoarding is keeping a higher-than-usual number of animals as domestic pets without ability to properly house or care for them, while at the same time denying this inability. Compulsive hoarding can be characterized as a symptom of mental disorder rather than deliberate cruelty towards animals.
Living with animal feces can pose serious health hazards. Exposure to animal feces can lead to the spread of various diseases and infections, including E.coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter. These diseases can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, and in severe cases, they can even be life-threatening.
In addition, animal feces can also contain harmful parasites such as roundworms and tapeworms, which can cause serious health problems when they infect humans. Breathing in the dust from dried animal feces can also lead to respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis.
To prevent these health hazards, it is important to properly dispose of animal feces and maintain good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands thoroughly after handling animals or cleaning up their waste. It is also important to keep living areas clean and well-ventilated to reduce the risk of airborne pathogens.
Not everyone who has multiple animals is an animal hoarder. However, if you think someone you know is struggling with animal hoarding, here are some ways you can help according to the ASPCA: