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Tortoise ate dog poop

Discussion in 'Marginated tortoises' started by Rascal Rock, Aug 11, 2019.

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  1. Rascal Rock

    Rascal Rock New Member 5 Year Member

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    My question is my dog keeps pooping in my Marginated Tortoise enclosure because he likes the greens[emoji848] and today I saw one of my torts eating the poop. Is the tort gonna get worms, what should I be concerned about, do I need their poop ? I’m going to make the fence higher for the enclosures.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Tortoises can die from eating dog poop from dogs that are on heartworm medication.
    Dogs eat tort poop. Torts eat dog poop.
    Just another reason to keep them apart 100% of the time.
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    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    This!
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    Always keep dogs and tortoises separate. Just search dog and tortoise here and the forum, and you will see countless heartbreaking stories of tortoises coming out on the losing end when they meet with dogs. It is simply not worth the risk.

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    Go out with your dog when he goes out to do his business and pick it up as soon as it is deposited. Some parasites are species specific and some can be transferred from the dog to the tortoise. If you can't clean it up right away, you're going to have to make the tortoise's fence taller so the dog can't get in there.
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