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Old 08-13-2013, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ground Squirrel Diseases

Have been taking the dogs out the property a lot lately and they have started to catch/kill the occasional ground squirrel. And eat them, that's generally how I know they caught one, I see them eating them.

I don't mind the catching/killing, they probably won't have much effect on the local population but if they can keep them away from the buildings, feed bags, etc that would be great.

My concern is what, if anything, can they catch from the squirrels? I'm assuming fleas and worms, going to have to start hitting them with a wormer on a regular basis (if I see signs). Anything else I should be concerned about? Is there a specific type of worm the squirrels are known to carry?
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ground Squirrel Diseases

Since I've been here in Sequim, mine really seem to have honed their hobby hunting skills and they do eat what they kill including moles, voles, field mice, and the occasional chipmunk. I've noticed no ill effects.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Ground Squirrel Diseases

Bernie has caught and eaten the occasional squirrel and rabbit. Kind of worries me because I'm assuming they're the sickly ones. But maybe he's more spry than I give him credit for.

No ill effects so far except for grossing me out. He eats the head end first.

I'd like to know the answer to your question too!

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Re: Ground Squirrel Diseases

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No ill effects so far except for grossing me out. He eats the head end first.
LOL I have noticed mine do that to, my pup caught one and I figured why fight her to take it away. Came back a bit later to check on her and she ran off with her headless prize, so gross.

I did notice that one of the dogs that ate one about a week ago has developed some stool issues, so I suspect she picked up worms or something from it.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Ground Squirrel Diseases

I learned this a few weeks ago regarding ground animals and diseases.

Squirrels/chipmunks and rabbits can carry fleas which can carry the plague. Those fleas can theoretically jump onto your dog and then to you. Hunting season for rabbits is in the winter for that reason.

Admittedly, the chances of that particular critter having a flea that has the plague then having it jump to your dog then to you is very unlikely. Still, interesting food for thought. Lol
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Ground Squirrel Diseases

Wild rabbits usually carry tape worms.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Ground Squirrel Diseases

The grey squirrels in my yard now have Worbles, AKA Bot Fly Larva which are huge, gross and truly disgusting! I mean these maggots are as big as a man's thumb. That's like having a Doxie under your skin eating you alive. I'd say check for Round worms, Tapes and nematodes.
Maybe you should cook them first? You know raosted over the BBQ grill?
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Rodents eat each other head first too. My mice do it all the time.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Ground Squirrel Diseases

The tape worm actually comes from ingesting the fleas on the critters, not the critter itself.
Eating a kill is a huge no, no for hunting terriers but it happens. I had a Norwich that could catch, kill and swallow mice in a heart beat. Never did have any problems but I always kept an eye out for the tape worm. He was showline so I guess he had a good excuse for his sins.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I shoot them and feed the dogs gophers. plus they kill them and eat them. they are all healthy
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Here's Payne with a tree rat i dinged with the BB gun. I knock them out the trees she finishes the job.
Look at that smile.
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