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Puppy Eating Snails any parasites I need to ba aware of?

#1 User is offline   frufru 

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:43 AM

Our 4 month old standard poodle puppy loves hunting and eating the large number of snails that are around our garden - we try to monitor but she invariably ingests quite a few. Does any one know of any problems caused buy eating snails - I was thinking specifically of parasites? Hopefully she will grow out of the behaviour with some ongoing training.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:49 AM

Can't help on the parasites but eeeeuuuuu :) :laugh:

Mind you Darcy the poodle loves snacking on soldier crabs if he gets the chance.

On a happy note its a very environmentally friendly way to desnail the garden. :D

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:02 AM

My Mini Schnauzer also lovesss snotty snails .. It's rather gross but i'm not 100% sure he eats them ... he loves to smash the shells and get the little buggers out ...

I'd be interested in knowing if its a good or bad thing ...

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:03 AM

I can't help either but just thinking about it makes me want to vomit

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:09 AM

:)

I suppose FruFru could always saute them in garlic. Surelyl that's how poodles should eat snails.

I just googled "snail parasites". Snails can be secondary hosts to stomach and liver flukes but I have no idea if that affects dogs or not.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:31 AM

Lung worm seems to be the biggest threat.

Heres a UK story on it

Snails and dogs

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:31 AM

Please dont let any puppy eat slugs or snails they could be infected with rat lung worm which can be fatal.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:34 AM

My main concern along with the lung worm (never heard of it before) would be if any of your neighbours use snail bait that the snails could have poisen in them, especially if she is eating lots of them. We had the same problem with Mokha so had to be very vigilant about catching him trying to eat them and telling him to leave it. Thankfully he did loose interest in them as he got older, probably about a year of age, and he is a labrador so giving up eating anything that is edible is a miracle.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 09:42 AM

View Postgrace, on 29th Sep 2010 - 09:31 AM, said:

Please dont let any puppy eat slugs or snails they could be infected with rat lung worm which can be fatal.


Just googled that - nasty. :)

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 10:39 AM

first off... ewww.

Charlie once bit into a snail and spat it out and never went close to one ever again. Whereas Emmy likes poking them with her nose and make them roll around...

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:31 PM

Thanks for the links all - as I said we do monitor but she is quite determined being a brown standard poodle puppy LOL. None of my neighbours use snail bait so I am more concerned about the parasites - never seen a rat in 10 years so I am hoping we sidestepped that one.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 03:23 PM

When Bindi was a puppy she would eat a few snails but to my horror she would mainly bring them inside one at a time, was quite commical to watch her but, we discouraged it from the start, didn't take long for her not to worry about the snails. She now has a sniff and leaves them alone.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:37 PM

my boxer used to eat them but hes too slow to catch them these days, but seriously there was a story in the news earlier this year on some guy who ate a slug as a dare and he picked up some parasite which was pretty bad.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 04:56 PM

Kosmo loves a nice tasty snail. Maybe its the canine equivalent of the crackling on a Pork roast?

Personally I find dogs chewing on 'their own stuff' far more disguisting, so was fairly comfortable with snails. I'll stop him if I see it, but there is very little you can do because snail bait is such a no-no.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 12:25 PM

View PostILoveBoundaries, on 1st Oct 2010 - 04:56 PM, said:

Kosmo loves a nice tasty snail. Maybe its the canine equivalent of the crackling on a Pork roast?

Personally I find dogs chewing on 'their own stuff' far more disguisting, so was fairly comfortable with snails. I'll stop him if I see it, but there is very little you can do because snail bait is such a no-no.

could be the poodles french origin ''escargot''
I have seen some snail baits eg (Multicrop MULTIGAUARD) which contain different chemicals and are only dangerous in large amounts, ie getting hold of a full box.We use this in a fenced off vege garden.
Has anyone used these and what do you think about their claims ?

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