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My golden/chow mix just caught a squirrel inside our screened area and ate it!

He's never done this before. Will he get sick? Surely he won't be able to digest a SQUIRREL will he?
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Man that must have been gross.

I'd be worried about rabies. Is it common in squirrels in your area?
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I think it's fine. Yep, they can digest squirrels. That's what they were made to do, kill and eat.

Disturbing for us, to be sure! But probably a good morning's work to your doggie.
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No - I don't think that's a concern but geesh! I can see him catching it and taking it outside but EATING it? Bleck!
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I think it's fine. Yep, they can digest squirrels. That's what they were made to do, kill and eat.

Disturbing for us, to be sure! But probably a good morning's work to your doggie.
I was proud of him for catching it.
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Our cat killed a squirrel once. She brought it to the door, all proud and full of herself. She's pretty badass!

We have the plague in the squirrel population here so we're all being very careful. Dogs don't tend to get very sick from the plague though.
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UPDATE:
Well, my 11 yr. old boy is very proud of himself.

He brought the squirrel back inside by the pool and laid it down by his bed.

Good boy!
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Ack, our 11 year old greyhound caught one the other day! what is it with these older dogs lately? :
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My Swissy caught a squirrel once and all we saw of it was the fluffy tail sticking out of his mouth as we ran up shouting, "Nooooooo!" and then it was gone! After that I had to always wipe the windowsills clean of his drooling as he watched the squirrels play outside

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Ack, our 11 year old greyhound caught one the other day! what is it with these older dogs lately? :
I dunno, but I do know that our dog is mighty proud today.

I really think he was trying to protect the girls. The girls were out there w/him and they were laughing thinking it was pretty funny. Then he cornered it and I swooped the girls inside so we didn't have to watch the rest.
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My Swissy caught a squirrel once and all we saw of it was the fluffy tail sticking out of his mouth as we ran up shouting, "Nooooooo!" and then it was gone! After that I had to always wipe the windowsills clean of his drooling as he watched the squirrels play outside
Oh no!
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My dogs have only eaten one squirrel this week. Seriously! Just watch for any signs of stomach upset. He must have been so proud!
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Fresh squirrel



Seriously, it's fresh, raw, wild-caught meat- isn't that GOOD for cats and dogs?

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Fresh squirrel



Seriously, it's fresh, raw, wild-caught meat- isn't that GOOD for cats and dogs?
Gotta be!
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Man that must have been gross.

I'd be worried about rabies. Is it common in squirrels in your area?
Rabies should not be a concern unless your dog has never been vaccinated or you have some reason to believe that rabid squirrels are rampant in your area. Rabies in squirrels is very very very rare (there was a link in a previous thread just recently regarding this info).

YUM YUM...fresh squirrel. My guys were all going nuts in the backyard yesterday ~ 4 squirrels were running around the top of our privacy fence and driving them nuts! I think they just taunt them because they know they have short little legs and cannot jump very high

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My beagle-dachshund once ate a mouse, unbeknownst to us. We could not figure out why she was sick so we brought her to the vet and EGAD! There were mouse bones in her belly. She eventually passed them... I do know that certain breeds have the ability to digest these things.

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Rabies should not be a concern unless your dog has never been vaccinated or you have some reason to believe that rabid squirrels are rampant in your area. Rabies in squirrels is very very very rare (there was a link in a previous thread just recently regarding this info).
Good to know. Thank you. I must have gotten muddled after reading about the squirrels with plague and trying to find rabies info for my area.
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If the squirrel had fleas, you might want to deworm for tapeworms (fleas carry these in their gut), but otherwise, squirrels themselves are perfectly fine for dogs to eat - saw one of mine eat a squirrel just this morning! You may notice a "furry poop" (like a coyote dropping) next time you pick up...

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YUM YUM...fresh squirrel. My guys were all going nuts in the backyard yesterday ~ 4 squirrels were running around the top of our privacy fence and driving them nuts! I think they just taunt them because they know they have short little legs and cannot jump very high
They DO taunt them!! My mom has a squirrel that LOVES to torment her yorkie and maltese girls!! It will literally lay on top of the fence and hang it's leg over the side! The girls go nuts! And if they are on the porch, the squirrel will run down the fence and into the middle of the yard until they give chase and then run back up the fence and turn around and chatter at them! It is the funniest thing I have ever seen.

The pooch should be fine. Raw is GOOD for them!!
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My dogs love to chase squirells but our squirrels are too fast. We live by a big river and if it is very high we get rats up here for a few weeks. The dogs LOVE to catch rats and we love it too. My oldest dog was taught by the dog I had when she was a pup and her learned it from an arctic wolf pup six months older than him. The wolf and her person puppysat him while I was at work.

Am I allowed to tell a cat story?

One morning I woke up and went in to the bathroom to run a bath and in the bottom of the tub was a small red stain, a fluffy squirrel tail and four paws. I had a sponge bath that morning.
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I remember when m dad's dog caught a field mouse and ate it right in front of me. I can still hear the bones crunching....
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