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CAN DOGS GET SICK FROM EATING BIRDS?

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Sara

My new name: - SUPER GLUE
 
 
Barked: Sat Apr 1, '06 4:51am PST 
Muttman Here:

I just read Cloe Mae's posting in Food and Nutrition.

She ate a wild bird and asked for comments.

The comments were all positive.

What I'm wondering about is:

Can Dogs get Avian Influenza, Bird Flu from eating or coming in contact with our feathered friends?

The Flu is becoming a global problem.
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Pearl ~ In- Memory Of

The Original
 
 
Barked: Sat Apr 1, '06 5:06am PST 
Good question. While the bird flu has not made it to America yet, I would say that doesn't mean it won't eventually. And avian flu is scary to say the least. A species jumping virus...

I know there have been cases of hundreds of ducks dying mysteriously around the Great Lakes area and squirrels too. It's believed the squirrels fed off the dead ducks. I never read whether they published what illness this was from, but it makes you aware of the possibility of other animals getting sick from the birds.

I also wonder about West Nile virus. Can this affect the dog if the bird the dog eats had it?

I now not all dogs that eat birds have caught and killed it, but some find it dead and then eat it. What if the bird died from West Nile virus?
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