Should I be concerned about getting infected by the germs from the feces of my neighbor's pet?

Q. How to prevent the infection caused by fecal germs?

Answered by
Dr. Divakara. P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 20, 2022

Hi doctor,

How long do fecal germs exist? My neighbor's dog uses my backyard as a toilet beneath my window. Should I be concerned about fecal dirt in the atmosphere?



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Most fecal germs do not survive for more than a few hours. But if the dog is infested with some parasite, they can survive for a few days.

Thank you doctor for the reply,

Will it contaminate the shower, toilet paper, and sink in toilets? I have OCD and read a few articles that when the toilet is flushed, germs get into the air and contaminate the towels and toothbrushes.



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I suspected that you have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). After flushing, germs will not get into the air. So do not worry. Clean your toilets with disinfectant.

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