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Old 08-12-2015, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I called her away from the screaming bunny. She came in the house. Good dog. Nope, she then pushed the door open and went right back, scooped it up and began tearing around the yard. I did not pannick.Tried to call her over but she was no longer hearing me as she consumed the entire rabbit. Not ill effects except blood all over her face.
1. Will she be dangerous with small animals now that she has had a taste?
2. Should I get extra dewormer?

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Old 08-12-2015, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had one dog eat a young rabbit. No ill effects except my displeasure. Talk to your vet (a phone call should get you the answer you need.)
No I don't think she will be dangerous with the pets she is used to. A wild beast or two, maybe.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Rabbits can be Lepto carriers. Eating them isn't how its normally transmitted though. Your vet will now whether your region has been seeing Lepto in the environment.

If your pooch is vaccinated for that, that's good (though the vax isn't complete protection) -- maybe ask the vet whether a booster may be a good idea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptospirosis
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She just started her raw diet! Your vet will probably tell you that it is dangerous and might have her throw up this good meat and give her Science Diet instead .
Of course it will increase her prey drive with this success. I wouldn't trust any young GSD with small animals until trained not to eat them.

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The only danger will be for the next bunny she happens across.
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting already. My other GSD just walked away after the excitement of catching it. So I was a bit surprised by this young pup. How to train to leave it while I have her chasing the tug?
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I once had a Full grown St Bernard eat a rabbit. He died. They said it was from some kind of disease that rabbits carry(I don't think it was Lepto).
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I second Lilie's comment.

I know that Kyleigh has a high prey drive, but I've worked on impulse control, and she does very well - WHEN I'M AROUND.

In the house, she is fine with the cat (do NOT trust her or the parrot with each other).

Ky has successfully caught and rapidly killed 2 squirrels and a chipmunk in my backyard.

(My other "thankfulness" is that she kills them FAST, so I don't have to finish the job, because I don't know if I could.)

She does "monitor" the tree and the fence on a regular basis, but I can call her off no problem. The three times she has managed to catch and kill? I had run into the house for a couple of minutes - the critters must have thought it was safe for them to come down ... oopps!

I have had ZERO issues getting her to drop the critter, and then I put it in a ziplock back and toss it in the garbage can.
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No I wouldn't encourage it, but that's doing what dogs do. I did save some bunnies and a baby robin from our dog earlier in the Summer.

With the hawk nest we had out front those baby bunnies are likely long gone. It's almost a 'dog eat dog' would out there for critters.
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Yikes, llombardo! I have been feeding raw rabbit to my dogs, though, it is through a BARF company and I know they super-freeze the products for health reasons.

My dog gets lepto immunization--especially since Karlo got sick and my area is at risk.

I wouldn't trust my guy with bunnies or loose cats outside.
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