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frufru   

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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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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LoTTy   

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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:)

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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grace   

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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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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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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W Sibs   

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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frufru   

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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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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mac'ella   

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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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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mac'ella   
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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One of my dogs (can't honestly remember which one now, might have been the greyhound) used to eat snails and they made her sick - as in throwing up sick. I then started using snail traps and end of problem.

Snail traps are a much safer alternative to baits. You should be able to find them in garden supply shops. :laugh:

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