I live in a rural area and we have feild mice. Well, this evening I was outside watering and I saw Lucy with something in her mouth. I went over to see and it was a dead mice. She was chewing on it and probably ate a small amount of it. Not all becasue my husband took it away from her as soon as we saw it. I rinsed her mouth out. It was soo gross. Should I be worried? What can happen if a puppy eats a small amount of a dead mice? I do not know if it was dead prior to her catching it. I do not know if she is that fast to catch it, but anything is possible.
i doubt you have anything to worry about. sometimes animals will get into things like that most often cats and maybe they might get an upset tummy from it if they ate the whole thing. cats that are hunters need to be wormed more often as they can pick up intestinal worms from eating rodents. if her stools change at all have the vet check a stoll sample but i think your dog will be fine.
I wouldn't worry. Keep an eye on your dog for any odd behavior. If in doubt call the vet, but it is not something that should be worried over. When we lived in the country our dogs were always eating some kind of animal. They all died of old age.
sarah, my huski ate a few field mice when we had him...he never got sick. but my SHWTerrier ate a shrew once and throw it back up because of the toxin in it (the stuff it sprays at it's attacker) but other then that he was fine. so it's pretty normal for dogs ta catch and eat rodents of any kind. hope it helps! :)
I would consider it, because even though heartworm isn't common in your area, interceptor also protects against roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms, which may be in the ground or in small animals. I actually went looking for a map that showed heartworm incidence by percentage, and while there's a 1 to 45% chance of a dog getting heartworm in my state, there's only a 1 to 5% chance of him getting it where you live in New Mexico. And that's just heartworm, I suspect whipworms, hookworms and roundworms live pretty much anywhere.
Minniyar- THanks for the info I knew the risk for getting heartworm here was low, but didnot know the exact percentages. Thanks for looking it up! Yes, there probably are the other worms you mentioned here. I will look into getting her on something that protects against the ones you mentioned.
Be careful about putting her on a product like heartguard that has Ivermectin in it. I have heard from many people that herding dogs in particular are very sensitive to Ivermectin, almost to the point of having an allergic reaction that can cause seizures or death.