Geese are very prevalent in some parts of the US. While they’re beautiful birds, there are times when they are a little bit of a hassle. The problem is that geese leave behind nasty poop after eating. And for some reason, there are dogs who are very attracted to goose poop!
Has your dog eaten some goose poop? Are you worried the goose poop will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be concerning when your dog eats things he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at goose poop and whether or not it can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
Goose Poop is Gross
Many people agree that goose poop is gross; however, what’s even worse is when your dog eats it! Why on earth would a dog eat goose poop?
That’s a good question, and no one has a definitive answer. It seems that some dogs are attracted to any type of poop, including goose poop. Then there are dogs who may have nutritional deficiencies or even be hungry. So, they turn to goose poop to remedy these conditions. We’re also pretty sure there are dogs that like the taste of goose poop. Yuck!
OK, so there are dogs who like goose droppings. But can goose poop make a dog sick?
Goose Poop & Dogs
Goose poop can make dogs sick. Goose droppings can carry some nasty bugs such as salmonella, campylobacter, and more. Goose feces can also be infected with parasites, viruses, and even toxins. So, goose poop isn’t really a healthy treat for a dog.
It’s true that a dog’s digestive tract can handle many types of bacteria and more. However, there are times when a dog may become very sick. This is usually caused by the campylobacter bacteria.
Symptoms of Goose Poop Ingestion in Dogs
If your dog has eaten goose poop, you may notice these symptoms:
- Diarrhea that doesn’t stop after a day or two (maybe watery and contain mucus)
- Abdominal cramps
If the diarrhea and vomiting last longer than a day or two or are severe, then it’s time to call the vet.
Treatment of Campylobacter Infection in Dogs
If the vet diagnoses your dog with a campylobacter infection, then they may put your dog on erythromycin and/or other medications.
It’s possible your dog’s symptoms could be caused by another bug. In that case, the vet will prescribe a specific medication for that bacteria or parasite.
The good news is that most dogs won’t become sick from eating goose poop. However, if they do, then dogs who receive medical treatment for their infection will make a complete recovery!