A vet has revealed the reason you shouldn’t flush your pet’s poo down the toilet – and it has left many people feeling disgusted.
The UK-based veterinarian, who makes content on TikTok under the handle of @Ben.the.Vet, described what happens cat and dog poo is flushed in a recent video.
And it made for grim viewing, as he described what the faeces can do when in the water system.
Speaking in the video, Ben shows a website information section, and explains: ‘This is the FAQ section of the Anglican Water website.’
He then looks at whether you can flush dog or cat poo down the toilet.
According to Ben the Vet (pictured) you are not supposed to flush your cat or dog poo down the toilet. He explained why in a recent video on TikTok
Ben says: ‘They say no, you cannot flush any type of animal faeces down the toilet.’
He continues reading the site, adding that this is because of the presence of toxocara, a worm parasite in animal faeces.
This parasite, he explains, is ‘tolerant to the high temperatures and harsh conditions found in the final stage of processing used water’.
Ben continues: ‘The reason toxocara is a worry is because it’s zoonotic.
‘We can pick it up, children are particularly susceptible.’
He adds that humans are an ‘intermediate host’ for toxocara.
This, he says means that we don’t develop the adult worms in our intestines.
Rather, we ‘accidentally swallow the eggs [from the animal poo particles] which hatch into larvae and these move around inside our bodies’.
Ben the Vet (pictured) explained that you shouldn’t flush pet poo down the toilet because of the presence of toxocara, a worm parasite in animal faeces
The vet continued: ‘There’s also evidence that exposure to toxocara in childhood can reduce cognitive development and IQ.’
He also reassured viewers, saying there is no need to worry about tap water in the UK.
Ben said: ‘These conditions are thankfully rare but worming your dog or cat regularly will reduce the chances of them shedding these eggs.’
Accompanying the video, was a caption written by Ben, in which he asked viewers if they had ever flushed their pet’s faeces.
A number of people took to the comments section to admit that they have done this.
Viewers took to the comments section to reveal that they had flushed their pets’ faeces in the past
One wrote: ‘why is this not more advised? ive been doing it for a year or more. since having one cat and then adding another and now a dog.’
Another wrote: ‘Done it a million times while my puppy was potty training.’
And a third added: ‘I’ve done it but they’re wormed every 3 months, we have a septic tank and live next to cows, goats and sheep so there’s worse things about.’
A more relaxed viewer wrote: ‘Based on how many people in the comments of this video alone do it and how many of us drink tap water and haven’t died I think we’re ok.’
Meanwhile, a number of others suggested they would switch to bottled water, with one simply saying: ‘never drinking tap water again.’