My dog eats 3 or 4 squirrels a week; this anything I should be concerned about?


My dog eats 3 or 4 squirrels a week; this anything I should be concerned about or anything I should watch for?  He's a little over a year, 65 - 75 lbs. pure bred, UTD on everything. Takes Trifexis [sp]. He runs free on 2 acres.

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lemonie5 years ago

I think he should eat more squirrels - less money spent on dog-food.

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Sovereignty (author)  lemonie5 years ago
That was my reasoning too, but sometimes the carcass will get nasty before he gets around to it. I don't know biology, but I can imagine there're some unpleasant germs or bacteria on it.

Wasn't sure if dogs had a tolerance for such things.

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

Dogs will eat "anything" sometimes - I didn't realise that you meant rotten-squirrels. What is causing them to die?

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Sovereignty (author)  lemonie5 years ago
He's the culprit. He catches them, 'plays' with them and buries what's left; then, sometimes a couple days later, he'll eat it.

Every once in a while he only half buries them or I'll see where he put it and dispose of it.

Ah right, it's a natural thing where good food is hoarded. Dig them up chop them up and in the food bowl.
I am impressed that you dog catches them, I seen cats fail repeatedly...

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Sovereignty (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Yeah, that would be pretty spectacular, but he has my two other dogs helping trap them. And he's head honcho out there.
Thanks, I just needed the reassurance that he's simply doing what's natural.

I've seen cats turn their furry-noses up at many things, but dogs eat pretty much anything, and I guess they are hardened to it. Else the species would have died-out due to food-poisoning.

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Sovereignty (author)  lemonie5 years ago
And my first instinct was that some of his senses were a lot more sensitive than mine; maybe he knows when to say 'no'.
If he is finding dead squirrels and they have been poisoned, he will also be poisoned by ingesting the carcass. If they died of natural causes that is bad too.
Squirrels have a lot of little bones in them. They might cause a problem being the same size as chicken bones. I know every vet I've ever know has said not to give chicken bones to dogs.