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Old 01-26-2018, 07:19 AM
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Dog killed a rat but I didn't notice till the next day.

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My crazy little miniature Patterdale hit the Motherlode last night by finding a rat in the garden and ripping it's throat open as per pic, she is so proud and happy with her evening's work no doubt but my concern is I didn't notice until this morning and as you can see from the pic the blood is quite dried up.

She has been in the house causing her usual chaos running around and jumping all over the place and yes licking my face as always !

Should I be concerned? I have bathed her disinfected her and also had a bloody good shower myself!

I cannot help being proud of her I must say but it does make me wonder if it is a possibly dangerous scenario?

Here is a pic of the crazy but utterly lovable little scamp!

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Check her over to make sure she didn't get bitten, rat bites can get infected. Otherwise she should be fine, that's what they were born to do! Good job!

I'm actually in a terrier group on facebook where people hunt rats with their dogs regularly to clear out farms of vermin. The guy who runs it has a FB page called "JReed and his Mongrol Hoard," it's really cool to follow and see these dogs being used for what they were meant to do.
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Check her over to make sure she didn't get bitten, rat bites can get infected. Otherwise she should be fine, that's what they were born to do! Good job!

I'm actually in a terrier group on facebook where people hunt rats with their dogs regularly to clear out farms of vermin. The guy who runs it has a FB page called "JReed and his Mongrol Hoard," it's really cool to follow and see these dogs being used for what they were meant to do.


Great advice revolution, I have checked her over and no bites thankfully, Like you say she is only doing what she has been bred to do , I just liked that FB page it is excellent! Thank you !
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Mine hunt n kill eat in garden. I call them scoobie snacks. Best home alone game for dogs development and pest control. I dont have vermin problems my neighbours do. Fb page is great! Thanks for link? hers juice and her snack she hunted laying by her prize ?
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The presence of the rats in the surrounding is not good. They have the ability to spread diseases and are the major source of food contamination. Better have a check of your dog, as a rat bite can be infections and can cause your dogs health. It would be better if these rats are eliminated from the garden area. One can avail pest control services by Rat Control Roseville CA to get rid of these nasty, creepy rats.
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Mice carry an airborne fatal virus called hunta virus. I'm not sure how to spell it. This virus is fatal to people just from being in the environment with them. I don't know if rats also carry this but they can have rabies and many other diseases.
The fleas that attach to rats caused the bubonic plague outbreak that killed many people many years ago. The plague still is in the US and other areas.
I'd at least call your vet and hour doctor.
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She's a Patterdale. She's going to kill small vermin with frequency.

Yes, there are disease risks with a dog that goes after vermin, but there are plenty of dogs who do it. Presumably she's vaccinated against Rabies. You may want to consider giving her additional vaccinations for wild-animal-spread viruses that may be common in your area. For example, Lepto is a big concern among vets near me right now. I'm taking a wild stab that you may be in the UK given your use of the word "garden", and because those kinds of working terrier breeds seem to be slightly more populous out there still. Don't know what the big concerns are there, as I'm in the US. You could talk to your vet about whether there are any additional vaccines they recommend given that the dog is likely to be killing small vermin frequently.

It might also be worth getting in touch with some people who do use their terriers for ratting to learn about what they do to keep their dogs safe. FB has a lot of active ratting groups. If you can find a breed specific patterdale or working terrier group I bet you'll find some good suggestions there.
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