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


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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lemonieBest Answer (author)2011-10-27


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

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Sovereignty (author)lemonie2011-10-27

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.

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lemonie (author)Sovereignty2011-10-27


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)lemonie2011-10-28

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.

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lemonie (author)Sovereignty2011-10-28


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)lemonie2011-10-31

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.

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lemonie (author)Sovereignty2011-10-31


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)lemonie2011-10-28

And my first instinct was that some of his senses were a lot more sensitive than mine; maybe he knows when to say 'no'.

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CatTrampoline (author)2011-10-28

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.

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CatTrampoline (author)2011-10-28

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.

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