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Fred&Mya'smum
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01-09-2008, 09:31 AM

Can dogs catch Myxomatosis?

Any ideas on this? The searches I've done on the net are conflicting, some say no and others say yes.
Mya found a baby rabbitt in the field yesterday and it wasn't moving very quickly and looked ill, we thought she was eating cow poo but notice her pawing at something, she was playing with the baby rabbitt which ran off very slowly when we approached. Now I'm v worried she might get ill
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01-09-2008, 09:58 AM
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, 10:01 AM
Originally Posted by Lionhound View Post
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, 10:03 AM
Originally Posted by Lionhound View Post
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.
Keep us posted!!!
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01-09-2008, 10:03 AM
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, 10:04 AM
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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, 06:42 PM
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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01-09-2008, 11:36 PM
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, 07:38 AM
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, 11:16 AM
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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