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Will a rat problem put my dog at risk?

March 1, 2019

We love our pets. In particular, dogs are among the most loyal, responsive friends we could have. They’re part of the family. So, when your home is being invaded by an unwelcome visitor (like a rat), it’s important to make sure your dog is safe.

First, it’s important to remember rats can be dangerous, vicious creatures. Unlike your typical household mouse, a rat will defend itself when cornered. If you have a dog that likes to hunt, is territorial, or just wants to do their part to clear out your rodent problem, a scrap is a real possibility.

Also, because of the size and ferociousness of rats, it’s important to note that a smaller or older dog may not win the fight.

If your dog does come face to face with a rat and there are bite marks or evidence of a confrontation, take your dog to a veterinarian right away.

Most of the time a flesh wound is the worst your dog will endure if it does battle with a rat, but vigilance is still key. That’s because even though it’s unlikely your dog will come down with a serious infection, rats still carry dangerous (and potentially fatal) diseases.

If you have a rat problem and a dog (particularly a small or old dog), you don’t want to mess around. You could be putting your dog in harm’s way. We recommend calling a licensed pest control technician immediately.

For a free consultation on how to solve your rat problem – and keep your pet safe – call us today at (902) 817 9200.