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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Help! Dead Bird!

Maybe I'm overreacting...but....

My husband gets up before me every morning and lets Zeus out in the backyard to potty while he gets ready for work. Well this morning, he found him playing with a dead pigeon. There are feathers everywhere so I'm assuming he had it in his mouth and was shaking it. There are also bite marks on it. So of course now I'm panicking. What could he catch from a bird?? I called the vet immediately and asked what I should do. The person on the phone said that it's possible he could get a parasite, but we wouldn't know for some time. About 10 days? She said to look for diarrhea or any worms in his stool. Also, no kisses or having him on furniture because he could possibly infect us.

I feel terrible. Like...I don't know exactly why I feel so terrible, but I do! I'm worried, yes, but I also feel like maybe I should've been watching him. We let him outside to relieve himself every morning for about 5 minutes. We supervised him all the time as a puppy, but now that he's 2 I didnt feel like I should have to stand out there while he decides whether or not he has to pee or poop.

Has anyone else experienced their dog messing with a dead animal? Wha did you do?
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I'm sorry here Mouser , But LOL on ole Zeus - You bad ,bad mommy for not watching your little boy better I'm just kidding with yeah

We never had a true bird dog here till we got Mr. Business ! Talk about prey drive ! One day , wife had him out when 2 robins started to mix it up in his fenced in area - He sneaks up on them and then the attack was on - he hit bot robins with his size 12 paw , wife said he made contact with one better than the other and dazed it , but managed to fly off at the last second , the Robin just sat there looking around for a few minutes .

The best one was he figured out how to catch killdeers - he would sneak up on them - more like he was herding them into the corner of the fence , then when he got them right where he wanted them , he would attack - Now this is funny , the Killdeer cannot fly straight up , need to be back some to get over the fence , he figured that out ! He would get close , but no cigar , till that one day - I was out there with him like a good dad and seen the whole thing - he caught one the bird was beating him with the one free wing - He looked at me with BIG eyes ! Like DAD - Now what do I do with him ? I was crying laughing at him ! After about 3 seconds of that bird beating on him - he let go , Like Zeus , he had the feathers flying !

All I did was give him a good pat and a Atta Boy ,

Zeus will be fine !

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I pretty much wouldn't worry about it. Depends on whether he killed the bird, or found the bird dead. If the bird was already dead and it died of something weird, I'd be a bit more worried, but if he killed it, not worried at all. And even if it was already dead, it was most likely killed by another predator or died naturally.

Sypha is a bird killer. She's killed several (yuck). No bad effects from any of them.

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I find dead birds in my yard a fair bit. It's the only time I've seen a cedar waxwing in person and it was so beautiful - I felt really bad for that one. Usually, they have been prey of hawks or owls because I find the huge mess of feathers without a body, and I try to scrape up the feathers with the poop scooper as best I can, but I do find intact bodies as well. Anyway, Wicca is bird crazy and very prey driven when it comes to the birds. Sometimes I swear she's going to climb right into the trees after them (we have a tall cedar hedge around 1/2 of the yard). Last summer, there was a day where she got really sick. Looked like she had bloat symptoms without being bloated - lots of stretching, obvious discomfort, looking at her tummy, etc. I ended up taking her to the emergency clinic, and x-ray did show some small bones so they thought she ate a rodent, I figured it was more likely a bird. She had started to vomit in the car on my way to the clinic, and she vomited there a couple of times as well. She obviously didn't feel great, she went off her food for a few days. She was on Cerenia for the nausea. And that was pretty much it. So, something *could* happen.

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Thanks everyone...I feel less spastic than I did earlier this morning, lol!

I really do think he channeled his inner wolf and caught and killed the bird. The pigeons around here are fat (I mean like...seriously fat and big!) and pretty slow, and he loves chasing critters. I've never seen a dead bird around here before... In any case, Zeus is up to date on his Heartgard and shots (which I'm not sure if shots are helpful in preventing whatever a bird may give to a dog). I'll keep an eye on him in the days to come, just in case.

Seriously, I do not know what I'd do without this community! At this point, I'd probably have high blood pressure, a full head of gray hair, and too many stomach ulcers to count, lol!
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At this point, I'd probably have high blood pressure, a full head of gray hair, and too many stomach ulcers to count, lol!


Have you seen a picture of me lately Mouser ????? I have HBP and full gray hair and on my guy has started hurting
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With birds coccidia would be my first suspicion but usually coccidia is passes via fecal matter.

I've (unfortuately) had a number of dogs over the years who ate, played with or caught birds and caught nothing.

I'd just keep an eye on the dogs--maybe do a fecal sample in a few months to make sure nothing odd has appeared.

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If you take a big bite into the bird and it tastes sour then it has the bird flu. If it tastes sweet then you have the bird flu.
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