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post #11 of 15 Old 02-07-2013, 01:52 AM
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You should bubble wrap them too. Less likely to injure themselves. Of course they wouldn't be able to live like the animal they are, but as long as your conscience is eased, do what ever it takes!! *Sarcasm* That's silly. There is nothing wrong with outside dogs or cats.

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post #12 of 15 Old 02-07-2013, 02:03 AM
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Alex I do my best. All three of my dogs weigh over 100 lbs and are 99% house dogs. What exactly am I supposed to do when they have to potty?
My kennel is under the porch roof with nice warm bedding. The boys only have to go in when they get muddy or decide they want to roll in horse manure and I can't bathe them ASAP. Lola is a 100% house dog, she likes to stay clean.
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Ah sorry. As they have a kennel outside, I assumed that they live outside.
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post #13 of 15 Old 02-07-2013, 07:19 PM
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Animals are all affected by rabies in different manners. They go through several stages, but the main thing to know that it is very neurological. After the furious stage (aggression) they fall slowly into a paralytic stage, then die sometime after. They don't react to pain (being shot at) like normal or get spooked off easily. So having trouble walking, not being afraid of people, and not avoiding stomping horses would have me greatly concerned.

You wouldn't happen to live in northern Texas would you? Rabies runs pretty prominently through the coyote population over there.

I would continue to watch for the body, and other critters, where there's one there always is a chance for more. If you do find the body it is very crucial that you contact animal control so they send it to the CDC and they can analyze the brain for the virus. Its good to let other people know in the area if there are reported cases.
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post #14 of 15 Old 02-10-2013, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks HDL, I completely agree. I notified my vet and Forest Service friend who is getting the word out.
We still can't find the carcass.

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-20-2013, 05:00 PM
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Sorry, this might sound super know-it-all like. But how do you know it was rabid? I intern at a wildlife rehab center. We get literally HUNDREDS of squirrels. This is a very common squirrel behavior, they will call an alarm if they think something in the area is dangerous (In that case it would be your dog). Many times they will not move, as an 'intimidation factor' (Even though they're tiny...). He very likely was fine, but thought you and your dog were threatening, and was warning the rest of the squirrels nearby.

Believe me, it's an IRRITATING alarm, especially when all the squirrels in the enclosure outside decide you're a threat... Like I said. I've done extensive reports on rabies. This sounds more like standard squirrel actions than rabid actions. I see behavior like that with the squirrels around my campus - and boy, do we have a lot of squirrels here!

Wow! I didnt know that that is normal! We have squirrels everywhere in my yard and I've never seen it before, mustve been why I thought it was rabies! My bad.
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