Do Dogs Eat Squirrels? Is It SAFE? (Health & Safety Risks Explained)

I have dedicated many years to the observation and interaction with squirrels around the world. In addition, my sister has a beautiful dog as well. This has led me to develop an understanding of their natural instincts – and that includes their predatory relationship with domesticated dogs. Do dogs eat squirrels? Moreover, do squirrels pose risks with health or safety implications for our beloved furry friends? In this blog post, I will draw on my expertise to explore this question in detail.

Do Dogs Eat Squirrels?

Yes, dogs are known to sometimes eat squirrels. This behavior is instinctive and driven by their wild canine heritage; as predators, canines catch and consume other animals in the wild for food. Despite being domesticated and well-fed, some dogs may still exhibit this behavior.

The most common method of consuming a squirrel is through killing one while hunting. However, some curious dogs may simply pick up and chew on dead squirrels they find in their surroundings. Therefore, pet owners should be aware that their canine friends may sometimes have a preference for rodents.

our dog - Aron
Our dog (when it was still a puppy) – Aron

Nutritional Value and Benefits of Squirrels and Other Tree Nuts

Despite being high in protein and other essential nutrients, squirrels provide little nutritional benefit for dogs compared to traditional canine food sources such as kibble. Not only are these larger mammals more difficult for canines to digest, but the fats and oils contained within them can cause serious stomach issues if ingested in large amounts.

It’s best to keep tree nuts away from Fido. Too much sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc found in these foods can interfere with your pup’s body chemistry – which is dangerous. So rather than feeding your pup acorns, opt for a healthier treat instead!

Safety Considerations When Feeding Dogs Squirrels and Tree Nuts

To protect your pet from harm when feeding squirrels or tree nuts (acorns), it is important to take into account both age-related dietary requirements as well as potential food allergies. As with any new treat you give your pet, first consult with your veterinarian prior to introducing any new food source or supplement into their diet.

In addition, owners need to ensure that they monitor their pet’s activities whenever they introduce them to something new – whether it be food related or not. Signs ranging from vomiting and severe diarrhea to bloating should not be ignored and professional medical attention must be sought immediately before serious complications arise.

Training Dogs Not To Chase Squirrels

Appropriate Dog Training Techniques for Chasing

Dogs who often chase after small animals including squirrels should be rewarded with treats every time they avert from running towards their prey without having been given any verbal commands beforehand. This will teach your pup that attention-seeking behavior towards small animals will not earn them anything positive, instead they will receive praise when they respond correctly.

It’s essential for owners to dedicate part of their day to playing with their pets, such as fetch or tug-of-war. This activity helps keep them from getting bored, which can spur them on to seek out smaller animals for an adrenaline-filled distraction.

Diseases, Parasites, and Other Risks of Eating Dead Squirrels

  • If you live in a rural area with lots of wildlife, especially rodents, you need to be extra cautious and check your pet’s fur regularly for fleas. These parasites love to hide in animals’ fur and can cause a lot of trouble if they are left untreated.
  • Additionally beware when letting your pup roam free particularly during dusk hours where certain nasty critters reside that could potentially make themselves a feast out of Fido’s blood supply leading him into malnutrition if they go unnoticed!

The Risk of Rabies, Worms, and other Infections

Squirrels can pose a serious health risk to your pup if consumed. Risks come in the form of rabies, worms, and other infections that lurk within the deceased mammal’s body. These risks should be taken into consideration before allowing your canine companion to take part in a wild game of squirrel scavenging. Additionally, wild animals like squirrels often carry parasites which may create an array of negative health impacts on dogs.


In conclusion, although dogs have a natural instinct to hunt and eat small animals like squirrels, it is not advisable for pet owners to encourage such behavior. We know that dogs do eat squirrels from time to time, but their safety risks can be potentially hazardous or even deadly. A balanced diet of age-appropriate food is the best way to ensure the health and well-being of your pet – nothing beats natural nutrition!

Do dogs eat squirrels? The bottom line is: yes, some dogs will eat squirrels; however, it’s in your pet’s best interest to feed them an appropriate diet made specifically for their size and needs. If you are concerned that your dog may have been eating a squirrel, make sure to check with your veterinarian, and make sure to train it to not chase squirrels.

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