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Small Dog VS Centipede

jones_st.croix
May 22, 2008 04:25PM

Registered: 6 years ago
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My wife, I, and our small 7lb dog will be moving on island on June 4th. We've lived on STX for half a year but we've never had a dog on island. I've seen a centipede kill a young chicken and I was wondering if any of you have had problems with your dogs? I guess it would only take one time for him to learn? Just wouldn't want our dog to get seriously hurt or possibly die because of a centipede.

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

piaa
May 22, 2008 04:32PM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 560

I have no idea how a centipede would kill a chicken (or a dog) - anyone
Are you sure you don't mean a Mongoose??
Pia

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

Sabrina
May 22, 2008 05:21PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 235

I haven't had a dog bitten by a centipede, but I had one stung on the nose by a scorpion (on another island). Luckily I was home because his nose started swelling more and more every minute. The Vet said he probably would have died if I hadn't got him there in time, because his airways would have become totally constricted. He suggested keeping Benadryl handy in case of an emergency, because it might at least buy me enough time to get to the Vet. (In liquid form with a syringe to get it in the mouth, because tablets might be too difficult to administer in an emergency)

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

jones_st.croix
May 22, 2008 09:12PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 58

I'm sure I mean centipede. The little chicken we saw only lasted about 5 minutes after it was bit. It was quite a bit smaller than our dog but just wondering the effects?

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

Sabrina
May 23, 2008 12:49AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 235

My point was that just like us, if your dog is allergic to a centipede bite, I'm sure it could be fatal.

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

piaa
May 23, 2008 08:21AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 560

Thanks for the heads up - I have Benedryl but in tablet form so I think I will be getting some liquid :)

Pia

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

Betty
May 23, 2008 09:45AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,061

Make sure you get the plain benedryl, not the one with asprin/tylenol or anything else combined with it, which is not good for dogs. After they are bitten it takes about an hour for them to get comforable. Hope you never have to use it.

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

Sabrina
May 23, 2008 10:03AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 235

Betty, thanks for mentioning that. Please dog owners, don't ever give your dog Tylenol, it is extremely dangerous and could be fatal!

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

dougtamjj
May 23, 2008 11:13AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,128

I have a teacup poodle under 4 lbs and a cat. Both of them have gone after centipedes. I grabbed the poodle. She mostly was barking and rushing at it. The centipede was trying to get away. The cat kept batting at it and the centipede tried to bite her but she was too quick. It then escaped under then escaped under the grill. Anyway we have been here 2 years and none of our animals have been bitten.

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

limetime2
May 23, 2008 12:05PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 345

I have had dogs for all the years I've been here and I've never known any of them getting bitten. Two of my dogs are 'hunters' (at least in their own little minds) and they chase lizards and anything else that move so they have the best chance of being bit... but haven't yet (knock knock). They have been stung by bees and jack spaniels (they chase them and try to catch them in the air - nutty dogs). Fortunatly no allergic reaction, just a yelp and run.

I've heard bad stuff about frogs too and I've been fortunate that I've not had a problem (I've got tons of frogs on my property, evidenced by the noise at night) but evidently not the bad kind or I surely would have had a problem by now.

Its a dangerous world out there. Keep your pets with you and watch them closely.

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

Betty
May 23, 2008 03:31PM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,061

Centepedes do try to get away. I've caught my cat toy with one that was almost 10 inches and about gave me a heart attack. I've had two seperate dogs bitten and I really dont think they were "hunting", in fact, I know one of them was just sleeping when he got stung. Maybe he rolled over or one or spooked one walking close to him. I don't think they are usually agressive.

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

jones_st.croix
May 27, 2008 05:31PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 58

Thanks for all the replies. I guess i'll just have to keep some liquid benedryl around and keep a close watch on our little dog. Thanks again.

Re: Small Dog VS Centipede

Alexandra
May 28, 2008 09:57AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 1,432

my small dog has gotten stung on the foot a couple times outside. She yiked for a while and favored it for a few hours and then had no further effects. My cats have always killed centipedes and then played with their dead carcasses for a while.

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