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01-09-2008, 10:31 AM   #1

Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


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01-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #2

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


I have always been told that it cannot be passed on to any other animals apart from rabbits.

If you are worried, give your vet a call



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01-09-2008, 11:01 AM   #3

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


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Originally Posted by Lionhound
I have always been told that it cannot be passed on to any other animals apart from rabbits.

If you are worried, give your vet a call
Exactly what I was going to say



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01-09-2008, 11:03 AM   #4

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Lionhound
I have always been told that it cannot be passed on to any other animals apart from rabbits.

If you are worried, give your vet a call
I agree...I have always been told that to.
But I would be a bit worried if my boy was playing with an ill rabbit to, give your vet a buzz to put your mind at ease.
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01-09-2008, 11:03 AM   #5

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


Thanks, I'm waiting for the vet to call me back. Mya's fine in herself, just me worrying as usual



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01-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #6

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


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Thanks, I'm waiting for the vet to call me back. Mya's fine in herself, just me worrying as usual
I would be the same, let us know what they say



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01-09-2008, 07:42 PM   #7

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


I always Tracy , I always understood Myxomatosis to be species specific and designed specifically to control the rabbit populating (in Australia initially) so I would not worry unduly if your dog has come into contact with an affected rabbit .

That said I would not permit a dog to eat/mess around with a diseased rabbit..



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02-09-2008, 12:36 AM   #8

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


Dogs can't catch myxomatosis, myxomatosis can be spread by direct contact and fleas, so many dogs and cats would be suffering from it if it wasn't species specific. If you think about it, we would have foxes suffering from it everywhere as a lot of their diet would be diseased rabbits in an affected area.



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02-09-2008, 08:38 AM   #9

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


Thanks for the replies everyone, I spoke to the vet after surgery last night and he said to stop worrying (he knows me quite well now) but the usual take her in if she's unwell etc - pheeeeeeew!



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02-09-2008, 12:16 PM   #10

Re: Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?


I know that Selkie has eaten a mixy rabbit before. No ill effects. But still I watched this thread with interest, always a worry, we still have regular outbreaks on one of our walks and all of them enjoy hunting them. We avoid the infected areas as soon as we know where they are, but even so. Not too pleasant.



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