Pet Health and the Environment

Our pets impact the environment and the environment poses risks to them, too.

Our pets are members of our families. From the mountains to the lakes to the Seacoast, many of our pets are thrilled to accompany us on our adventures around the Granite State. However, pets can impact the environment, and there are numerous environmental risks that could potentially impact the health of our pets.  

When your dog goes for a swim, make sure to look at the water for signs of a cyanobacteria bloom. It is also important to clean up after your pooch as pet waste can impact bacteria levels in surface waters.

The Department of Health and Human Services can provide more information about tick- and mosquito-borne diseases.

Cyanobacteria and Pets

Cyanobacteria can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, pets and humans.

Cyanobacteria Advisories

Because cyanobacteria present potential health risks, NHDES tracks and reports on the presence and toxicity of these blooms in our public waters.

Report a Waterborne-Related Illness

If you or someone in your family (including pets) becomes ill or develops a rash after recreating at a public beaches, lakes or rivers, you should first consult with your doctor – then submit a detailed report.

Scoop the Poop Campaign Planning

Dog waste is more than a nightmare for our shoes. Just like human sewage, untreated pet fecal matter is harmful to waterways. Rain washes dog waste and the associated disease-causing organisms, such as giardia and salmonella, into rivers, beaches and bays via storm drains. Enough bacteria make water unsafe for swimming and also contributes to shellfish bed closures. NHDES provides resources and materials to help you plan a pet waste outreach campaign in your community. Check out the great resources below and please remember to scoop your pet’s poop!

 Four dogs on leashes sit in the middle of a city park

Hands-on activities and community events can leave a lasting impression on large groups of people. Check out these resources and ideas for a memorable Scoop the Poop campaign!  

See the Activities Tool Kit  

A dog sits on the sidewalk, licking its nose

The most important part of an outreach campaign is to spread awareness of an issue. Check out these resources for ideas on how to educate your community about the dangers of pet waste!  

See the Media Tool Kit    

A cat sits on a brick path surrounded by tall grass

Want to help prevent the spread of disease and excess nutrients in water bodies? Plan a Scoop the Poop outreach campaign in your community to mitigate the environmental impacts of pet waste!  

See the Planning Tool Kit  

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Did you know?

Did you know?

Some state parks only allow pets during certain times of the year. It is expected in all cases that you clean up your pet’s waste. Learn more about visiting state parks with your pets.