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Old 01-08-2011, 08:22 PM
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Dogs attacked an armadillo

Hello. My 3 dogs attacked and nearly killed an armadillo tonight. They have all their routine shots.. I am just wondering if I should be concerned. They had blood on their snouts etc. All they did was bite pieces of it's outer shell off (ew) but still, there was blood.

They are bathed and in their crates now after some pretty stern discipline. I know it's their instinct to do this sort of thing but I don't want them to think it's ok and then attack some small dog or cat or something. I am probably overreacting, it was just a pretty crazy last hour.
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Not sure if they carry rabies you may need to call your Game and Fish department. Did you call someone to get the injured animal?
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Armadillos are known to carry leprosy (sp?).

I train all my dogs not to attack what they track. It is good when a random bobcat, or other predator gets their interest.
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Well they have their rabies shots anyways. So should that even be a concern?

Unfortunately we have a picket fence backing up to the woods and the armadillo finally got out (which is what he was trying to do while being attacked) once we got the dogs inside. But we picked up several pieces of his shell outside. I admit, I can't imagine him living. I feel really, really bad for the poor, innocent guy.
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You should call someone as he probably won't get too far and they could find him.

As for the dogs, I don't know it works if they have their rabies shots but if they don't its a quarantine issue
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It is really doubtful. It is thick brush type stuff back there. It is a reservation so there are boar and turkey and deer and God knows what else. I am not just making excuses. It is REALLY thick, we lose dog toys back there all the time and don't even think about going to get them.

And they do have their rabies shots.......

Oh and I read about the leprosy there is such a SMALL chance of that it's crazy. Like 5% of armadillos have leprosy and then even of that 5% it is unlikely it was contracted to the dog.
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I volunteer for a bird rehabilitation facility and trust me its always worth trying. These people are trained on where to look and what to do.

I honestly think its best to check with your local G&F bc rabies shots aren't 100% going to prevent anything if they carry rabies
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I agree with Pawz..despite it being thick brush it could just be a walk in the park for someone trained to look.

Making the call alone would be something you could do for the poor little thing. And if he doesn't make it at least you know in your heart that you tried.

Also maybe call your vet and ask what he would recommend.
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being that its the middle of the night and very injured I am sure the animal is not with us anymore...

didn't know there were those guys in FL..
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sorry I cannot see locations on the phone, I guess asking where you were would have helped determine time.

I still would look into whether or not they commonly carry rabies and then find out what the procedure is when dogs gets hold of something with possible rabies in your area
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