In addition to the threat that mange can provide to your dogs, a slightly less publicised disease that foxes can carry is toxocariasis. This can be potentially very serious because of the threat it can pose to young children and may prompt you to get in the market for some fox repellent.
Toxocara Found In Fox Droppings
The toxocara roundworm is very commonly found in the faeces of foxes and dogs. The eggs are very resilient and studies have shown that they can remain in grass or soil and cause infection from between 2-4 years after the faeces has been washed away. At it’s absolute worst, untreated toxocariasis can lead to permanent blindness, although it must be stressed that this is the most extreme outcome. Often the symptoms are headaches, sore throat or stomach upsets.
Foxes With Toxacara Roundworm Can Pose A Threat To Small Children
If you own a dog, you can have it treated and be fairly confident that it does not carry any unwanted diseases, however foxes are wild animals and you cannot have the same certainty. Toxocariasis can develop only when the eggs of the roundworm are swallowed. This is why young children are particularly at risk because of they often crawl around on the ground and put things in their mouth.
Choosing a good fox repellent to keep foxes out of your garden is an excellent way to minimise the risk of a child getting toxocariasis. Fox Repellent Expert’s Fox Repellent Top 10 is a great place to start if you are unsure of what fox deterrent you should buy. This site has in-depth reviews of the FoxWatch Fox Deterrent, the easy to use Scoot Fox Repellent, and Get Off My Garden Cat & Dog Repellent as well, so you should be able to find a repellent you like the look of.
Be Patient When Selecting The Right Fox Repellent
Please bear in mind that it may take a few attempts for you to get the right fox deterrent that suits you best, but please stick with it and you will find that foxes start to stay clear of your garden, therefore minimising the risks of your child or pet catching toxocariasis and other diseases or inconveniences.