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03-23-2013 03:50 PM
evilhorde My two bits:
1. Don't intentionally feed your dog moss or any other random bits of vegetation, dogs are carnivores. While they can eat veggies, they are much better suited to digesting muscle tissue and organ meat.
2. Don't lose any sleep over your dog eating moss or any other random piece of vegetation of his (or her) own volition. Dogs are stupid and seemingly have no idea what is good for them.

If the moss was mildly toxic, then your dog is going to barf/poop all over your carpet and/or new couch and then be fine in a day or so.
If the moss was highly toxic, it's too late already.
03-23-2013 02:21 AM
Art by Stef*
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Folk lore and urban myth. Maybe if you're already dead, the dogs will scavenge your body. Why not? Most Americans are fat enough to feed a feral pack for a week!

However, I don't buy that the family Fido suddenly became a survivalist hunter, tracking and devouring human prey. It was a rain shower, not the zombie apocalypse.
I agree 100 percent. I live here. A big threat was the "human zombies" (BTW-LMAO-Zombie Apocalypse) and gators being disturbed from their habitats.
The worst, although not serious threat, are the damn floating fire ants.
However, plenty of dogs go "missing" and bones found mysteriously after a large gumbo feast.

A lot of dogs were rescued, some were scared, and when cornered showed fear aggression, but most seemed to be happy campers when rescued.

There are feral dog packs that arise on occasion, bugging livestock and killing pets. Also coyotes. But that can be any state. More documented cases of Pits attacking people, in other large cities, singly and in groups. Sorry pit people-just because there's more of 'em and illegal pit fighting-breeding for aggression

-Stef*
03-22-2013 10:24 PM
samee
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Originally Posted by gSTiTcH View Post
Folk lore and urban myth. Maybe if you're already dead, the dogs will scavenge your body. Why not? Most Americans are fat enough to feed a feral pack for a week!

However, I don't buy that the family Fido suddenly became a survivalist hunter, tracking and devouring human prey. It was a rain shower, not the zombie apocalypse.

It so happened that after a week I guess of no food, dogs were starving. What happened was bigger dogs formed packs and hunted down the smaller weaker dogs. I remember reading this along time ago. A quik googly search will do the trick, but too lazy atm.
03-22-2013 09:47 PM
gSTiTcH
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If the dogs hungry enough for several days, without food, you become its next meal. Mans best friend....yea right. A few deaths were related to dogs hunting down humans after Katrina destroyed NO.
Folk lore and urban myth. Maybe if you're already dead, the dogs will scavenge your body. Why not? Most Americans are fat enough to feed a feral pack for a week!

However, I don't buy that the family Fido suddenly became a survivalist hunter, tracking and devouring human prey. It was a rain shower, not the zombie apocalypse.
03-22-2013 06:02 AM
Couesfanatic I found this video of a liver fluke I found in my tank a few months back:

03-22-2013 05:56 AM
Couesfanatic
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Most parasites are host-specific. A lot also have a multi-part lifecycle with specific hosts for each stage. I doubt there would be many things that you would find in an aquarium that would be able to use a dog (or a person) for a host.

Not saying it won't ever happen, but your dog is more likely to get a parasite from eating bugs or mice then some dried aquarium plants.
Your second comment is right on. But there are many parasites than can be in a human, that come from water. Our tank water is cleaner for sure, but these things can live there.

see here for a list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterborne_diseases

The parasite being host specific has nothing to do with it. If we or the dog ingest them, they can cause us harm. Why allow the problem to happen and then fix it, when you can easily avoid the whole issue? Thats my thinking anyway.
03-21-2013 10:18 PM
lochaber
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Originally Posted by Couesfanatic View Post
and a few intestinal parasites.

Most parasites are host-specific. A lot also have a multi-part lifecycle with specific hosts for each stage. I doubt there would be many things that you would find in an aquarium that would be able to use a dog (or a person) for a host.

Not saying it won't ever happen, but your dog is more likely to get a parasite from eating bugs or mice then some dried aquarium plants.
03-21-2013 08:59 PM
samee If the dogs hungry enough for several days, without food, you become its next meal. Mans best friend....yea right. A few deaths were related to dogs hunting down humans after Katrina destroyed NO.

Not sure why but I guess it was an interesting piece to share.
03-21-2013 08:21 PM
gSTiTcH
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Why let him get the parasite in the first place?

Most people are not treating their dog with preventative medicine constantly.
The aquarium is the last place I'd worry about parasites entering a dog.
03-21-2013 08:14 PM
Blackheart If the dog did it without you seeing, that's one thing. But don't give it to him? I, for one, would definitely not eat or drink anything out of an aquarium. seriously.
03-21-2013 08:10 PM
caykuu Majority of dogs happily eat lawn grass, chew on twigs, eat wood, and some eat their own poop when they're puppies....
Though dog stomachs aren't bulletproof, they're sure a lot tougher than ours. :P

If nothing in your dog's behavior changes in the next few days, I wouldn't worry about it a bit.

A dog consuming a bit of moss is the least of his/her digestive worries. LOL

- I have three dogs
03-21-2013 05:20 PM
Couesfanatic Why let him get the parasite in the first place?

Most people are not treating their dog with preventative medicine constantly.
03-21-2013 02:46 PM
gSTiTcH
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Originally Posted by Couesfanatic View Post
Roundworms are very common in freshwater tanks. I killed a liver fluke in my tank a few months back. Intestinal parasite are common in pond water. Our tanks are obviously cleaner, but many parasites have an aquatic stage in their life cycle. I wouldn't let the dog eat the moss. It's risky.
Then again, if you're treating the dog with a preventative (ivermectin, I believe) like you're supposed to, intestinal parasites will not be an issue.
03-21-2013 01:15 PM
Cannonbolt
Re: Okay to eat moss?

I would never give it to the dog but there's been a few times where I've forgotten to empty out the tub I drop my clippings into. I'd say he's eaten it at least 3 or 4 times and he's only interested in it when its dried out. Seems fine. He also ate a bag of pellet food. The bag was the only part he seemed to have any trouble with.
03-21-2013 08:22 AM
fusiongt Moss is okay - I'd say if it's been out for a while (you said it was dry) that it's probably like eating dried grass. Yea 2 full sticks of butter is a no no heh
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