Dogs love to chase and hunt just about any critters. If you have a yard that includes small critters, such as moles, you can bet your canine companion is out there trying to catch it! But what happens if your dog eats a mole?
Has your dog eaten a mole? Are you worried the mole will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve put together information about moles and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is a Mole?
Moles are small animals that live in underground tunnels. They have cylindrical bodies, small ears & eyes, and velvet-like fur. The critters also have short hind legs, with strong, short forelegs equipped with large paws for digging.
These animals are found all over North America, Europe, and Asia. In most places, moles are considered a pest because they dig up yards and gardens. However, moles can also be beneficial to the soil. They also eat slugs and other small creatures.
So, what happens if your dog happens to catch and eat a mole? Will the mole make your dog sick?
Moles & Dogs
In some cases, a mole can make a dog sick. There are different issues that come when a dog eats a mole, including:
Parasites: it’s possible for a mole to carry parasites that can make a dog sick, though this may take time. The dog may not become sick immediately.
Intestinal obstruction: the mole’s bones could clump together in the dog’s digestive tract and cause an obstruction. This can be a life-threatening condition if left untreated.
Toxicity: if the mole ate poison before your dog ate it, this poison would also affect your dog. He could become poisoned.
It’s also possible for a dog to eat a mole and never get sick. Or the dog may only end up with a case of diarrhea and vomiting.
What to Do If Your Dog Has Eaten a Mole
There are so many things to consider if your dog has eaten a mole. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you call the veterinarian right away. They have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best advice on what to do next to help your canine companion.
The vet will tell you what to do next and how to monitor your dog unless they feel it’s best to bring your fur baby in right away. Be sure to follow the vet’s instructions to ensure your dog stays happy and healthy after eating a mole!