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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 10:37 AM
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Don't let your dog eat rabbit poop!
Even though we watch them like hawks, one of the corgis ate some rabbit poop and developed a serious bacterial infection. He's on the road to recovery now, but he was pretty sick for a day or two.

Some sites tell you that is is harmless-- not true. Now how do I get rid of the rabbits?
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 11:34 AM
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1. I only let my dog eat its own poop.
:D
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Raffi Ella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 01:38 PM
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2. I'm glad your dog is gonna be OK, poor thing.
We used to have loads of rabbits around here. They'd eat any flower I planted and generally were a nuisance. I never did figure out a way to keep them away BUT! About 2 years ago coyotes moved into the area; They're gone now and so are the rabbits. I'm sure they'll re-populate sooner or later, I'm dreading it.

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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 07:24 PM
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7. Yikes! I think I'd rather have rabbits than coyotes!
I have heard that they are around this part of the state, but haven't encountered any yet!

The rabbits are really rampant this year. There must have been a lot of bunny-kanoodling over the winter! :)
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Raffi Ella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-11 11:58 AM
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20. lol, I saw them a few times, they chased my dog once.
I'd been seeing furry poop on the trails and thought it odd but dismissed it. After I saw them I realized ohhh. that's what the furry poop was from. scary!

Yeah, rabbits are maddening. Nothing you can do about them except try to plant things they won't eat. Or get a gun and take target practice(joking).

How's your dog doing?
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 02:08 PM
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3. I had pet bunnies for years
They eat their own poop to keep the digestive bacteria going. Seems it does not assist other creatures digestion. Yuck.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 02:09 PM
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4. Isn't a good rule to live by for all of god's creatures is this: Don't eat Poop
I mean is there good poop out there we should want to eat?

I think not!
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 02:17 PM
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5. Have you not seen this?
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 02:26 PM
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6. Really did you have to share that
:puke:

And what's crazy is this - it's not uncommon that some minute level of fecal matter ends up in our meet. :scared:

But I really don't want to eat a poopburger thank you very much.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 07:26 PM
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8. Ugh, I had that thread hidden!
Thanks.... :eyes: LOL
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:07 PM
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9. this advice seems fairly limited in applicability
:shrug:
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:52 PM
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13. Just passing it along to prevent other puppies from getting sick.
If it doesn't apply to you, then maybe someone else can benefit.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 09:05 PM
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17. :o)
:)
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:22 PM
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10. how do you know it was from rabbit poop?
and how can there be a lounge thread about any kind of poop without MFM waking the hell up and replying!??!?!?!?
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:50 PM
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12. The veterinarian diagnosed it from a stool sample.
Edited on Wed Jun-22-11 08:58 PM by femmocrat
She told me that the type of bacteria (mega-rods) is usually found in bunny poop. I asked if he could have gotten the infection from feral cats, but the vet said no, it was (most likely) from rabbits.

We have a lot of rabbits in the yard this year and the dogs are always looking around for "tasty tidbits" in the grass! A previous vet had told me that eating rabbit droppings wasn't harmful. Obviously, not true!

Would MFM really like this thread? It's really kind of gross, but darn, I wish he would reply! MFM--- do you have any cartoons about bunny poop?

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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 09:24 PM
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18. interesting
my dogs seem fairly well satisfied with horse and cow poop, but I sure wouldn't put anything past them. They are called dogs for a reason :P

What were your pup's symptoms?


Oh I am sure he has some rabbit poop cartoons, or will find them in a flash if he sees this. Rumor has it today might have been the day he went back to the rehab place, I need to find out. It probably wore him out if they did move him, though. Hope he is around tomorrow.
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bluedigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:47 PM
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11. Let your dog eat the rabbits.
Problem solved. Chain of life and all...
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:53 PM
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14. I had a cat that used to bring home whole rabbits.
Disgusting. :puke:
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:54 PM
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15. Rabbits get "wormy" in the summer
Not good for eating either way. I never thought about their poop.

Glad the li'l feller is ok.

:hi:
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:55 PM
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16. Thank you, Inchworm.
I first suspected parasites, too.... but it was definitely a bacterial infection.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 09:08 PM
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19. My parents had a rabbit in their back yard right after a crab apple tree branch
fell and was resting on the ground. Seems the dried fruit was too much for them to resist. Do you have a big garden with fruit and stuff?
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