Posted by: Teresa | 2008/08/27

Depressed dog

My dog was 11 years old and became quite depressed. I didn'  t know what to do to lift his spirits. Anyway, a month ago I left some rattex out because we had a rat problem at our house and the dog " accidentally"  ate it and died. Do you think the dog committed suicide? Is it possible for a dog to have this type of emotion? Have you come across it before in your practice?

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Dear Teresa

He may have faked his death and is living on an remote island at your expense. Be sure as to check your bank statements. All the dogs I have councelled with suicide tendancies have not committed suicide to date. Yours is a first (if not living on that island)

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Posted by: Chill | 2008/08/27

Very sad, but how in the world was the dog supposed to know the rattex was toxic?

A rather severe case of anthropomorphism, I think.

Please, if you have to kill rats, try to use Racumen - it' s less toxic to pets AND to wildlife that might eat the dead rodents. But keep it out of the way, as Mandi said!

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Posted by: Mandi | 2008/08/27

if you read the box it clearly states that Rattex is a poison and should be placed out of reach of animals and children.
He obviously thought he was eating something nice.
What if a child had gotten hold of it and thought it was sweets?

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