Can Rodents Harm Your Pets?

While you may have seen cats and dogs run after mice and eat them in kids’ cartoon shows, the reality is different. While running after a mouse or catching one can be a normal activity for your pet, eating one can have severe consequences for their health. There are various possibilities, from minor infections to intestinal worms and/or toxoplasmosis, as well as fatality. 

If you are finding rodents around your place and you have pets, there are a few things you should be wary about. While most rodents do not physically threaten your furry companions, there is still a little bit of risk of picking up a disease. Along with the safety of human occupants, you should take care of the little ones too. If there is an infestation in your home, call Rove Pest Control

What is toxoplasmosis?

When cats and dogs with rodents like mice, rats, squirrels, or rabbits have Toxoplasmosis cysts developments in their muscles, they also get infected with the protozoan organism Toxoplasma. While the condition is not essentially fatal for dogs, it can make your pet quite ill, and they may show symptoms like diarrhea, liver disease, pneumonia, or nervous system diseases. Similarly, in the case of cats, this parasite lives in the intestinal walls and only causes little harm that can be cured when taken to the vet at the right time. 

When inside the body, the adult parasite produces cysts that pass out of the host animal’s system through the feces. It is these cysts that cause harm to your pets. Dogs can fall ill when they ingest these cysts. 

Is there any physical risk?

Since most rodents commonly found in the house are physically smaller than cats and dogs, they do not pose a physical risk to your pets. You do not need to worry about your pet getting hurt if they ever get into a fistfight with a mouse. Moreover, cats and dogs have a prey instinct and like to go after and attack small rodents for food or fun. Therefore, you can rest assured that they can hunt without sustaining wounds. 

Roundworms from rats and mice

Cats and dogs can get roundworms in their belly if they eat a rodent already infected with intestinal roundworms. These worms are often found in dogs and cats. They live in the intestines and feed on your pet’s foods, thus not allowing them to get the nutrition they need.