can dog drink bird nest

DEAR JOAN: The wild birds who frequent our yard enjoy bathing in our dog’s water bowl, which sits on our deck.

We have placed an identical bowl under the tree where our bird feeders hang, but the birds prefer the dog bowl. Should we be concerned about our dog drinking the bath water? We change the water daily, but we often find the bowl contains feathers and sometimes droppings.

Dogs are at risk of contracting Avian flu or cryptosporidiosis, a parasitic disease, if they ingest bird droppings. It doesn’t mean that every dog that drinks from a bird bath or mud puddle gets sick, but it is a risk.

In addition to diseases spread by birds, dogs also are susceptible to leptospirosis, a bacteria that can lead to kidney damage and death. Leptospirosis is spread in the urine of rodents, raccoons, skunks, opossums and deer.

These ailments used to be uncommon in urban areas, but as humans have encroached on wild lands and the wildlife has encroached on developed areas, the numbers have increased.

So, it’s important to stop the birds — and other animals — from using the dog’s dish. I recommend replacing the dish with a water dispenser. This may not keep the birds out for long, but the new configuration should confuse them for a while.

You also need to move the bowl you’re using for the bird bath away from the feeders. Birds don’t like their food and their bath to be too close together, probably because they are more vulnerable with their feathers wet and there’s usually a lot of traffic around bird feeders that can be unsettling.

You want the bird bath to be near trees and shrubs so the birds can make a quick getaway should a predator arrive, but not so close that the same safe haven gives the predator a place to hide and pounce on the unsuspecting birds. Putting the water dish about 10 feet away from plants is good.

You also might consider getting a more traditional bird bath, shallow enough that birds can comfortably touch bottom.

Stores that specialize in birds are the perfect places to go for both the bath and advice on where to put it.

DEAR JAMES: Rabbits can be ravenous creatures and are capable of going through a lot of plants. Probably the best way to stop them is exclusion. A fence no higher than 3 feet tall will serve the purpose. The openings should be small to keep them from slipping through.

If you can’t fence the entire garden, you can protect individual plants by surrounding them with welded wire.

Remove cover and nesting sites — thickets, brush piles, weed patches, stone piles and other debris. You might want to create a hospitable rabbit area on the other side of your house, far away from the garden, then plant some grass for them to eat.

First Aid for Fido: Immediate Actions Post-Ingestion

Keep your cool and take immediate action if your dog has consumed any of the Birds Nest Snake Plant. Remove any plant bits from your dogs mouth. Offer water to help flush their mouth and throat. Dont attempt home remedies or induce vomiting; this could backfire.

?? When to Call the Vet

Call the veterinarian if your dog exhibits any of the aforementioned symptoms. Dont dilly-dally; with toxins, youre racing against the clock. Be ready to describe the symptoms in detail. Bring a sample of the plant to the veterinarian if you witnessed your dog engaging in the behavior or if your plant appears to have been hit by a lawnmower a few times. This can expedite the diagnosis and provide your dog with the necessary assistance right away.

Be truthful about any additional possible toxins your dog may have come into contact with when speaking with the veterinarian on the phone. This isnt the time for secrets. The veterinarian may inquire about your dog’s past mishaps, current medications, and exposure to any unfamiliar plants or substances. To identify the issue, a urinalysis or complete blood count may be necessary.

Remember, your dog’s reaction could still be severe even if the plant isn’t known to be particularly toxic. Seeking professional advice and erring on the side of caution is always a wise decision. Ultimately, we want our animal companions to continue being as energetic and joyful as they do.

?? Vet Intervention: What to Expect

Here, time is not on your side. Contact your veterinarian or an animal poison control center right away. Prepare to share the foods, amounts, and symptoms that your dog consumed. Treatments at the vet may involve IV fluids, activated charcoal, or vomiting induction. Expect a thorough examination and possibly blood work. The aim of your veterinarian is to prevent any harmful effects.

FAQ

Is bird’s nest fungus harmful to dogs?

To date, there is no evidence to suggest that bird’s nest fungi are pathogenic to plants or toxic to humans or other animals. Thus, there is no need to worry when you see them in your garden. On the contrary, bird’s nest fungi could be beneficial because they decompose unwanted organic matter in your backyard.

Is it safe to drink birds nest?

Potential downsides and restrictions Some people are allergic to edible bird’s nests and could experience life-threatening anaphylaxis after consuming. The saliva of the swiftlets, insects eaten by the swiftlets, mites living in the nests, and cleaning practices of the nests may all be sources of allergens ( 3 ).

Is bird’s nest fern toxic to dogs?

No, Bird’s Nest Ferns are not toxic to cats, dogs, or humans.

Can dogs eat wild birds?

They can eat the whole bird. No need to worry about that. Meat and bones make them a healthy dog. Wild dogs survive on this.