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What does a fox hole look like? Are small dogs in danger?

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  • #21
    Actually, you can set out ivermectin in raw hamburger and that will take care of mange. We had a mangy fox in our neighborhood a couple of years ago and a tube of ivermec in about six meatballs made a huge difference. Mange can kill a fox otherwise.
    I have done this too. It works really well.
    I now put out baits every eight weeks to keep the foxes clear of mange- they managed to transmit it to my dogs once, who then had to be treated, so I figure "treat the source" is the better option.


    Foxes have a sort of rank smell, you should be able to tell if one is living in your hole. They also like to leave their small black poops in prominent locations- I guess it's a territory marker?

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    • #22
      I've also dosed with Ivermectin (picked up and inexpensive at local feed store) and inject raw eggs through the shell. The fox love them! I place them around the farm and they disappear very quickly. Also less chance that my dog will go after eggs than hotdogs, etc.

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      • #23
        Have you ever had a dog with cuterabra(not sure of the sp)? It's gross. The dog sticks it's nose into a rabbit hole and bot eggs(a specific kind of bot fly that lays it's eggs on vegetation outside of rabbit holes) stick to the dogs snout and the dog ingests them. Since the dog is not the true host these eggs hatch and migrate to the dog's skin and form larvae and grow and then sometimes these white worms erupt or grub like creatures grow in the dogs skin. Totally gross. Just thought you all should know. Don' know if other canines can get them too.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by bathsheba8542 View Post
          I've also dosed with Ivermectin (picked up and inexpensive at local feed store) and inject raw eggs through the shell. The fox love them! I place them around the farm and they disappear very quickly. Also less chance that my dog will go after eggs than hotdogs, etc.
          That's a great idea- they do love eggs. And golf balls, at least the ones that live along the fairway of our nearby golf course are fond of swiping them!

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            #25
            I could have lived without knowing maggots may erupt from my dogs' skin! Ewww!

            So much fox activity. Monday night after agility class I saw one trotting down the sidewalk around 11/11:30pm. The Monday before I saw one flying across four lanes of Rt. 7 at the exit ramp to 395. It looked like it was racing into 6-8 lanes of highway traffic but I tell myself it knew exactly what it was going.

            The hole appears covered with leaves and debris; a little less covered some days than others so maybe someone is stopping by once in a while. My dogs are eager to sniff around there but I don't let them.

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