My 4 pound Yorkie got bit by a rat.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by vclark321, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2011
    Bonney Lake
    I have a 13 year old Yorkie who I am guessing got bit in the face while trying to kill a rat. It is under his left eye & I found it after it swelled his face up. I ended up popping the darn thing & I clean the wound daily. It is healing nicely & I am happy he is doing well. The rats are from my neighbors wood pile. My dogs have killed them before & now I have my war paint on! I am going by PetCo tomorrow & asking for their ferret litter to put around the wood pile. I haave some traps too. Darn pests! The coons got my garbage last night. I thought I woke to chicken noises. For them I will use my gun! My neighbor too. We will be vigilant & prevail!
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I'm glad your dog is recovering from his adventures.

    Happy hunting!
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    That's why Yorkies don't make good guard dogs. [​IMG]
  4. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2011
    Bonney Lake
    I can't speak for all yorkies, my little man has an attitude! Normally when he kills a rat it is fast & neck snapping, but since his eyes are not as good as they used to be, he got ithe rat by the toes. He might only be 4 pounds, but he is the brains & my 110 pound mastiff is the braun.

    As long as he keeps killing rats, I am happy. One of the best things about my yorkie? His unwavering loyalty to me. That & the fact a bog of dog food can last half a year! LOL! The mastiff? She is anotherr story!
  5. remuda1

    remuda1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2011
    Granbury, Texas
    Here's my mighty rat hunter!! 4.5 pounds. He wants a bigger bed though [​IMG]


    Wow! That picture was from a long time ago,
    Haha [​IMG]

    ETA: This one is much more recent..... He likes his beds, lol!
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2011
  6. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2011
    Bonney Lake
    He is absolutely the cutest! The bigger the bed the better! The King wouldn't have it any other way, right? I am not at the top of Duncan's favorite people list right now, since I am the only one on wound duty. It is healing very well, but all he knows is that I put him high on the counter & make his face hurt. It will be over soon & I am really happy I avoided a vet bill!

    Thank you for sharing your precious pictures!
  7. FrenchToast

    FrenchToast "Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven

    Jan 10, 2010
    UP North WI
    Silly question as I"m sure of the answer but is he current on his rabies?

    Adorable picture !! I love small dogs but love my Great Pyrenees too !! [​IMG]
  8. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    Rats don't carry rabies. Raccoons - that's another story.
  9. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    Quote:Rats don't usually carry rabies. It is possible, but unlikely.

    Anyway, if your dog's face abscessed and he isn't on antibiotics, I'd be concerned about there still being an infection. You said you "popped" it, meaning you drained the abscess? A very painful process, should have been done by a veterinarian. I'd suggest taking him to get seen, since infection on the head or face can become serious quickly.
  10. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2011
    Bonney Lake
    Both my maastiff & yorkie have had rabies shots within the last 8 years. Thank you for asking. While I love & care for my animals, I am under no fairy tale illusions when it comes to life & death. It is the natural order of things. I am just thankful the rat didn't get his eye. The bite is less 1/2 away. My little 4 pound man is the boss here. He has no problem taking on the mastiff & gladiator dobie frrrom the picture. They both outweigh him by more than 100 pounds. I am writing this to avoid wound care for a minute. (Sigh) here I go! He is going to hate me again...

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