|Barked: Thu Sep 11, '08 10:45am PST |
|I've fed Vance whole, feather-on poultry for dinner. Dogs are built to process whole, raw carcasses. However, as you have seen, if their system isn't used to doing it, you'll end up with some pretty gross side effects.
Vaccine-wise, there is no risk from eating a dead bird. There is some risk of bacteria overgrowth in the stomach and intestines, especially if the bird had been dead for a while. That should show up pretty quickly if it's going to. Within 2 or 3 days. At this point, my main concern would be internal parasites.
Birds aside, if your pup is sick, you need to be very careful vaccinating. The body needs a healthy immune system to deal with the vaccine. I never vaccinate a sick adult dog. Since you have a puppy, you should speak to a vet about the pros and cons of holding off on vital vaccines. If your vet dismisses your concerns, I recommend finding a new one. If you were planning on giving any of the non-core vaccines, like Lyme, I would absolutely wait until the cough is cleared up.
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