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Old 06-30-2008, 05:36 PM
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I'm not quite sure what to do about this and thought I'd run it by the forum. I've noticed there were periods of time when my dog will go for a day or two (rarely more) without eating. Turns out she's been eating lizards (the small gecko-sized ones) and whether her stomach's upset or she's full of lizard and just not hungry, I don't know.

My vet says it's not a good idea for the dog to eat these (well, yeah!) and the only way to prevent it is to keep her inside. We live in North Central Florida and there are a lot of lizards around here. Although the lizards around here aren't poisonous, they do have some kind of mild toxin on their skin, plus they carry certain parasites that can cause worms.

I'm just wondering if anyone else has had this problem with their pets and if so, how you dealt with it. I can keep her inside, but she loves being in the yard so I really hate to keep her in. Maybe the best I can do is try to reduce the number of lizards she eats by only letting her out for short periods.

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Old 06-30-2008, 05:55 PM
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My dog doesn't eat lizards, although he probably would if he had the chance, but he does snack on slugs. I have not found a way to stop him, so I will be interested if you get any good advice.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:57 PM
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My dog doesn't eat lizards, although he probably would if he had the chance, but he does snack on slugs. I have not found a way to stop him, so I will be interested if you get any good advice.
French poodle? Escargot anyone?
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:32 PM
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French poodle? Escargot anyone?
Actually he's an Australian Shephard.

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Old 06-30-2008, 07:49 PM
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My vet says it's not a good idea for the dog to eat these (well, yeah!)
Why not?

What the heck did they eat before we started feeding them?
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:09 PM
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My labs eat far worse things than lizards. Horse poop is a favorite, as is fertilizer. I have to keep a close eye on them when I let them out of our fenced in area, otherwise they think they're at an all you can eat buffet.
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:11 PM
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You'd *think* that they'd learn NOT to eat that kinda stuff?
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:14 PM
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You'd *think* that they'd learn NOT to eat that kinda stuff?
When there is something possbily edible around, there is not any thinking going on...
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:16 PM
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When there is something possbily edible around, there is not any thinking going on...
Sounds like they need to "evolve" a little more, then. Or improve their memory.

Funny thing is, they seem to remember OTHER things just fine.
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:35 PM
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Sounds like they need to "evolve" a little more, then. Or improve their memory.

Funny thing is, they seem to remember OTHER things just fine.
Their memory is quite good - they know exactly where to find their "treats." The problem is that they do not discriminate at all when it comes to eating something. They just eat as much as they can and they do it as fast as they can. They act like real animals.
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:54 PM
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I don't think eating Lizards is going to hurt the dog. Remember, dogs maybe domesticated but they are basically hunters. My dog loves to catch birds.

My dog was eating poop for awhile, but I asked the Vet about it and he said it was because she was missing some kind of nutriate. He told me to buy some basic medication from a pet store. It worked, I can't remember what it was, but it is well known. Her breath is much better, and I have saved a lot of money in bread (she liked to make sandwiches) :}
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:46 AM
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I guess eating lizards isn't the worst thing she could be eating! She loves to chase the things, but I didn't realize she was also eating them until a couple of weeks ago. I was watching her chase one, it disappeared, and since I couldn't see where it could have gone, except........... so I pried open her little jaws and there the lizard was. It was looking at me, very much alive, then it jumped out and ran away. Saved for the moment.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:35 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it. My dog used to eat toads on occasion after storms, and she was fine. Obviously, make sure the dog has plenty of food and water, and be sure to give her heartworm medicine.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:38 AM
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I wonder what the dogs are saying about us on their Forums!?!????
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:53 AM
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