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Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

You and Your Pets

We appreciate and realize that your pet is an important family member. However for the security of your pet and the security of others, pets must be kept on a leash at all times and are never to be left unattended.

Pets pose a threat to wildlife, especially young animals and birds that nest along the barrier islands. Pets are not permitted on the beach or on the boardwalk leading to the beach.

Pets on the beach means pets' excrements on the beach. Besides being unsightly, it can be of danger to humans especially children. Such excrement often contain eggs or larvae of the parasites A. brasiliensis and A. caninum . These larvae can penetrate the skin and cause severe irritation and itching on certain parts of the body. The larvae of a more serious parasite, Toxacara canis, are found in dog and cat faeces. These larvae can survive for long periods in the warm moist sand on beaches. Although rare, they may cause a serious illness (Viceral Larval Migrans). The symptoms are fever, coughing, pneumonia and even lesions to the eyes. This illness most commonly affects children from ages two to four years.

While in the Park, please scoop and dispose of your pets' excrement in a sanitary manner.