BWML and dogs

We want dog owners to feel very welcome with us. But it is important that owners understand our expectations…

What are the rules?

Berth Holders can keep domesticated animals on board, but do need to let us know that they have a pet.

All pets should be kept on a lead and under proper control on the marina and should not cause a nuisance.

Pets on board boats coming from outside of the UK need to either be in the Pet Travel Scheme or placed in quarantine.

All waste from animals should be cleared up by the person responsible for the animal. The waste should be appropriately disposed of (and not into the water).

Animals are not allowed in buildings, particularly facilities blocks unless they are registered assistance animals.

Why do we ask you to keep your dog on a lead?

You are surrounded by a lot of different people; some vulnerable, some children, others not comfort-able around dogs, many have their dogs with them. It is important that everyone feels comfortable and happy at the marina so they enjoy their time there. Similarly, there are other dogs on the marina. Dogs who are kept on leads can feel threatened by ap-proaching dogs not restricted by a lead.

Please make sure that you respect other people and their dogs by keeping your dog on a lead at our ma-rinas.

Why do we ask you to remove dog foul?

We ask that you ensure that whenever your dog fouls, you collect the litter immediately and pop it in a bin. If you double bag the foul, a normal bin can be used.

We ask this for two reasons:

  • The Clean neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 requires this
  • For public health reasons, dog foul should be collected immediately

The main reason for the legislation is because dogs can carry a roundworm called Toxocara canis. The parasite lives within the dogs’ digestive system and eggs are released into their faeces.

Toxocara eggs are not infectious immediately but they are resistant to treatments and can survive for two years or more.

A single dog foul can contain up to 1 million eggs.

Research shows that 54% of dog owners never worm their dogs!

If a person ingests infected material (foul, soil, food grown in soil which has become contaminated, items within the home to which infected material can be transferred to) the eggs may hatch into larvae and can lead to toxocariasis.

Toxocariasis can cause a number of health problems including seizures, breathing difficulties, a very red and painful eye, clouded vision, loss of vision, neuro-logical and rheumatic problems.

Children between 1 and 4 are more likely to be affect-ed and are most at risk as they are more likely to put things in their mouths and less likely to wash their hands properly. However cases of toxocariasis have been reported in people of all ages.

All reports reviewed show that between 1 and 4% of all adults are infected with toxocariasis.

In the UK, about half of the most serious cases diag-nosed occur in families who have never owned a dog or a cat.

Prevention of toxocariasis

The disease can be controlled if dog faeces are dis-posed of immediately in a responsible manner. At this point, the eggs are not infectious and owners can safely clear up after their dog. Dog foul does not have to be disposed of in dog waste bins. Double bagging it, securing the bag and placing it in a normal waste bin will suffice. The Clean Neighbourhoods and Envi-ronment Act 2005 requires dog owners to pick up and dispose of dog foul immediately to aid prevention of the disease.

Regular worming of dogs can help reduce the problem and it is recommended to be done regularly. Dog owners should get advice from their vet about suitable products and worming programs for their dog.

Always wash your hands after handling animals or soil and before touching food.

Where can I get more information?

You can get more information on this from:
DEFRA Information Resource Centre
The Good Dog Campaign
The Kennel Club
The Dog Trust
Keep Britain Tidy