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    Hi all, we use to have a lot of snails, the ordinary garden variety, I have noticed this year they seem to be diminishing but didn't take any notice of it, however, today our girl Misty came to me with something in her mouth, when I told her to drop it ( I hate to think what she has eaten in her three short years) she dropped a snail out so I'm assuming that she is eating them. My question is, can these snails harm her? the fact there isn't many left in our back yard I'm assuming she is the one responsible, and if so they haven't done her any harm up to this point in time but then I don't know when she started. I can't bait the snails as she will definitely eat the bait, hence the snail increase over the past few years, and we have a big yard which extends beyond the house yard if you like so walking around picking them up by hand wouldn't work either, too many places for them to hide. Thanks in advance for any responses.
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    If they're just your normal variety of garden snail, I can't see what harm they could do. They are the type of snails that the French regard as a delicacy, though they do tend to clean them before they eat them. Snails that have eaten bait don't get far at all so there's no chance of her eating poisoned snails either.


    If you still need to kill the remaining snails to protect your garden I would buy our design a sturdy snail trap and lure them with beer. Alternatively you can just put some bits of wood or similar around the garden and then collect the snails that shelter under it during the day.

    I wish my dog ate the snails that completely destroyed my bean plants!

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    Jorjie is a snail eater too, but she tends to peel the tough skin off first, and just eat the soft centres.

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    If they eat too many of them it can make them feel sick but one or two here and there wouldn't hurt.

    You can get rid of snails by placing traps in the garden, that way you aren't using poisonous baits. The traps can either be shallow dishes of beer (tempting for a dog) or you can buy special convered plastic traps that they actually crawl inside.

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    There is a particular parasite that is in Snails that can cause problems in all animals that eat them (including ducks).

    There is also a virus or bacteria carried by snail the can cause a form of meningitis, which is not very common, but does happen.

    Drowning them in beer works well and we do use ducks.......We worm ours regulary for that reason
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    Thank you all so much for your replies, much appreciated. Knowing our Misty she would sniff out the beer and there would be none left for the snails LOL, the traps sound good. We've got some beer here that is so old it would be no good to drink anymore, I might put some of that out near the vegie patch and keep Misty locked in the back yard where she can't get to it, would be better than snail pellets. Misty will eat anything, she always has to have something in her mouth. I taught her as a puppy to swap, I would give her a treat and she would (and still does) drop whatever is in her mouth but I didn't know she had taken to the snails recently. Thanks again.
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    i am probably being paranoid, but there have been cases of Rat Lungworm in australia i dont know if dogs can get it, but it has killed a number of small children quite recently.
    here is some info about it
    Angiostrongylus cantonensis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    I'm sure mine would love snails, but only if they are cooked in peanut sauce or something like the frenches do lol.

    never seen her partake in a snail or slug.
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    Geez maddogdodge, that is scary stuff, our Misty seems fine so far, fingers crossed. When our son was a baby he crawled out into the back yard and when I went to see what he was up to he had a mouth full of snail, I still feel sick now just remembering it, my son is now 38 so I guess we were lucky then as well. I think I'm just going to have to get out there with planks and beer etc and do a cull myself. Thanks for the reply.

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