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    Fresh dog slobber freshens 'em right up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    I've been wondering lately about the potential for disease spread through shared bumpers and birds.

    It seems to me that one sick dog slobbering on a bird at a test or trial has the potential to infect a lot of dogs.

    Sick dog slobbers on his flyer, flyer gets stuffed into a bag of birds that are reused over and over again, germy slobber distributed among many a bird retrieved by many a dog...


    What say you, EdA, and other vets? I looked but could find nothing about fomites spreading disease such as Bordatella.
    I'm not a vet. I did however spend a night at a Holiday Inn Express. Do not ever take a portable battery operated black light to your motel room!!!
    I had to google fomites. They were everywhere.
    Every couple of years I take all bumpers and stack them loosley in milk crates and run them thru the sanitize cycle of the commercial dishwasher at the local steak house in the afternoon while the kitchen staff is on break.
    Note; does not work well with frozen birds. JD
    PS The patrons of said steak house seem mostly unaffected....
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    Ok, my dogs have their nose up other dogs butts, fetch two day old birds at hunt tests after baking in the sun and soking in a pond, and drink swamp water like its fine wine .... My bumpers have never been washed and unless they some how end up bouncing in toxic waste may never get washed.
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    Hmm salmanila (sp?) from eating rotten fish. I had a dog get very very sick from this when I lived in the northwest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdA View Post
    Of all the things to worry about with our dogs sanitizing bumpers is at the bottom of the list, I would worry more about alien abduction.
    While neither pathogens on bumpers nor anal probes are high on my list of things I worry about, I have found that throwing the bumpers in the dishwasher is a good way to clean them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Nutt View Post
    Hmm salmanila (sp?) from eating rotten fish. I had a dog get very very sick from this when I lived in the northwest.
    FYI Salmon Poisoning not Salmonella. Not from rotten fish. Is from salmonids in the Pac NW in their blood. Bacteria from a parasite. Several varieties.

    No I do not wash bumpers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bora View Post
    i do this -
    You must not be married.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Robinson View Post
    You must not be married.
    John, that washing machine is circa 1970 and bullet proof. The new ones aren't worth a flip for cleaning anything but clothes.
    I do clean mine occasionally but only to make them brighter and get the dirt off, figure any animal that can lick his own nuts is
    safe from most BBP (BUMPER BORN PATHAGENS).
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    Quote Originally Posted by labsforme View Post
    FYI Salmon Poisoning not Salmonella. Not from rotten fish. Is from salmonids in the Pac NW in their blood. Bacteria from a parasite. Several varieties.

    No I do not wash bumpers.
    Thanks, we don't have that parasite in our slamon populations.
    Point is, dogs are dogs and they eat almost anything. Nope, don't sanitize my bumpers, ever. Heck, I use dead ducks until they are so far gone I don't want to handle them, but the mutts love um. Don

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