Bats

Asked August 18, 2016, 5:32 PM EDT

Not really a gardening question, but a question regarding bats. We have a heavily wooded yard with many mature trees. I see tons of small dark brown piles all over under the trees that I am guessing are bat droppings. Are these harmful to our dog if he eats them?

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1 Response

Unfortunately bat droppings are not good for dogs, Bat droppings carry several diseases. They can be a problem if they are ingested or inhaled.
http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_Histoplasmosis
http://www.cdc.gov/features/bats/

Bats are valuable but bat droppings and dogs should be kept apart. Bat droppings are high in nitrogen and if dogs eat a lot of it is toxic.
http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0757/ANR-0757.pdf