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Q: Possums and dogs?

February 9, 2009 | By Peggy B. | 5 answers | Expired: 1977 days ago

Peggy B.

We noticed a possum feeding under the birdfeeder in the backyard yesterday morning (mid-morning). Aren't they supposed to be nocturnal? Anyway, the dog was going crazy but we kept him in until the thing was gone. Can possums hurt dogs or do they usually just run away and hide?

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Alyssa J.
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Feb 12, 2009

I just wouldnt let the dog around the possum until the dog is maybe more firmilar with it

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Feb 09, 2009

Opossums are nocturnal, but they will come out in the day if they are starving. It is very difficult for an opossum to find food in very cold areas, esp. covered with snow and ice. They tend to stay in their den until they absolutely need to find food. And coming out in the day...there might not be much bird seed left on the ground at night.

I have had them at my bird feeder...seed on the ground, with rabbits, squirrels... I put out extra food for them, such as shelled peanuts and fat.

They usually run away if a dog is around. But if starving, they may stay to eat. If cornered, they will hiss and do have small teeth. I would keep my dog inside. And I would not go near the opossum either. Supposedly they pose no danger to humans or dogs...parasites. And it is rare for a possum to have rabies. But to be sure, I would keep myself and dog away.

In the winter, I try to get food and feed the different animals that come in my yard. Not only the birds. I have gone to Petco for rabbit food! Deer. Just is, an animal is an animal and needs to eat. They are suffering in this extreme winter. Its amazing the animals that will come for food when the weather is extreme. Poor little guys.

I do not feed in spring, summer, fall.

I just stay away from them when they are eating. One reason is, they run away and I want them to eat...lol... Easy to avoid them, even if walking to my car.

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Wendy T.
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Feb 09, 2009

I can tell you my dog has killed several over the course of the last year or so. I can tell you they do come out in the early morning hours too not just evening. She has always come out with not a scratch on her I think because she thinks they are a toy and playing with them but ends up killing them instead. My mother in law plans on buying me something called REPEL that works for 3 mos. and keeps all wild life out of your yard. They swear by it especially since they have a small fenced yard with plenty of nooks for critters to hide out and I have not so wooded yard (very open0 but I need to keep these guys out of my yard so I don't have to keep cleaning up dead wild life. I do also know when I told my vet she was doing this you do have to be careful if your dogs come in contact with them because they do carry certain fluids in them that could be harmful to your pet if ingested. So if your really concerned I say call your vet.

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di
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di

Feb 09, 2009

"Opossums" are night creatures, but they do come out like stated depending on weather and food source. They usually start to stir about dusk, thus why so many are slaughtered on the roadways. They do not usually get in a hurry about anything and are great BUG eaters, slugs, roaches and snakes. They love cat and dog food. There is an official opossums web site and organization you can learn more about them and they do make great pets. As far as dogs, they are not aggressive to dogs, and may hiss and coward down showing teeth, they can bite, but more likely try to run away. They really are quite shy little creatures and not like the stories every one thinks they are dirty, opposite, they spend allot of time grooming theirselves. I like to think of them as mother nature clean up crew, yet they are great when it comes to eating slugs around the garden.

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shelby d.
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Feb 09, 2009

possums, they often get confused about day and night, especially in the winter. depending on how hungry they are, they will stay awake until the find the food the need.

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