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minigoose

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minigoose says:

A dead rat in her water!!!

This morning i was mucking out my filly and found a dead rat in her water! she'd drunk nearly all her water and now im worried she could have picked up something nasty from the dead rat in her water! yuck!!! Do you think she could have done??

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Rache

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Rache says:

Re: A dead rat in her water!!!

prob not as rats tend to climb and pee on everything and horses have tough bellys, take her temp later on tonight and tomorrow morning just to see if shes got a temp but i wouldnt worry to much, she prob drank the water before the rat fell in, a horse wont drink dirty water.

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TruStar

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TruStar says:

Re: A dead rat in her water!!!

I would definitely ask my vet.Rats carry so many sort of illness in them I would make sure by asking the vet. I`m absolutely horrifid by rats, they make me run a mile.

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soniadevereux

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Re: A dead rat in her water!!!

I found a dead rat in Tia's water once ( thought it was a glove and went to pick it out with my hand!) I threw the water away, rinsed her bucket out and re filled it. she was ok. Just keep an eye on your filly  just to make sure. xxx

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Maximum Magic

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Re: A dead rat in her water!!!

I've had this happen.  I thought it was a stick in the water and went to pick it up, then realised what it was!  I think it must have run across the beam in the stable and fallen in.  It makes me wonder if the horse stood there watching it's struggles.  Horses can get Weils Disease from rat wee, but this horse was fine.  I just washed his bucket out really thoroughly.  We threw the rat right to the back of the muck heap.  Later on when YO was showing a couple of potential new clients round the yard, my dog climbed on the muck heap and was throwing the rat in the air and catching it!  So embarrassed...

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minigoose

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minigoose says:

Re: A dead rat in her water!!!

I gosh I've just research Weil's disease and it's not good. I shall keep a close eye on her over the next few days. fingers crossed she'll be ok !

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*Raychel*&*Gally*

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Re: A dead rat in her water!!!

Gallys had a few drown in his & a magpie in his field bucket! She will be ok, just keep an eye on her & wash the bucket out throughly. If you think about it, their hay, rugs, buckets... most things will have had a rat run over them at some point. Could always get a cat, ferret or terrier to keep the population down. xx

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brook

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brook says:

Re: A dead rat in her water!!!

No, I really don't think so. I had a chat with the vet as I was concerned about rats that had been poisoned and then urinating on the hay, but the vet said it would,nt affect the horses. We all need to be careful though especially when handling hay and straw, rats can carry weills disease and it can enter through a cut or broken skin. It's best to wear gloves.

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Emily0x

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Emily0x says:

Re: A dead rat in her water!!!

 Well that's just gross!
Rats are my one weak spot. Show my a spider and I won't even flinch but rats are a big no-no.

I don't think so. Think about horses that are drinking from field buckets. They have all sorts in them! Keep an eye on her, but like eyeryone's said, I wouldn't be overly worried.

I'll be on high alert now, looking out for rats. And I'd never heard of Weills disease, so I'll be double cautious! Knew there was a reason I hated them ;) x

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