Four Ways to Protect Your Pets from Wild Animals

Springtime represents new life, hope and beginnings as it signals the end of the snowy apocalypse we all know as winter. Plants will start sprouting from the earth, while trees will take the initial steps to restore their former glory while animals, like deer, rabbits, raccoons, coyotes and bears will once again tread the wild.
Though  animal interactions would be fun, such occurrences will likely get your pet hurt. As responsible pet owners, you need to be able to prevent or minimize your pet’s meet-ups with wild animals. Here are some tips.

Keep their food and water inside

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If you have cats who go outdoors during the night, be sure to put its food and water indoors – leave it outside and it will be a magnet for animals like coyotes and raccoons which are natural predators . These hunt in packs, and are sure to overpower a Maine Coon cat and small dogs. Remember, if you don’t keep your pets’ food inside, they may end up being a nice meal for the wild ones – and attack you as well.

Keep up to date with vaccinations

Skunks, raccoons, coyotes and even opossums are carriers of various diseases, most notably, rabies. A bite from these animals could result to dire consequences, which is why it is better to be proactive in cases like these. Also ask your veterinarian about the diseases prevalent in your area, like if you live in a tick-infested region, it’s best to prepare for ailments like Lyme’s disease.

If exploring, bring the essentials

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Let’s say that you live in the countryside, and seeing wild animals around your neighborhood isn’t a rare occurrence. If you’re going out with your dog out into the woods or the wild frontier, keep it on a leash and bring items which will enable you to defend yourself. Wolf packs , coyotes (albeit rare and minor) and especially bears WILL easily overpower you and your dog. Your best bet is to LAWFULLY bring a firearm while treading around the wild, be equipped with survival techniques .

Suggestions: a handgun with ample stopping power, a knife, a flashlight, bear sprays, and a mobile phone to call emergency services and your veterinary hospital after an attack happens. Bringing a non lethal weapon, like a paintball or a shotgun with a rubber slug may be necessary, but you can’t fire these weapons if your other hand is holding your dog’s leash!

Clean your yard

Scoop your poop! Photo from Minghong (Wikimedia Commons).

Scoop your poop! Photo from Minghong (Wikimedia Commons).

If your pet poops on the yard, be sure to regularly clean the place considering that feces can quickly lure in wild animals. Ensure that outdoor trash cans are not serving as temporary homes for small predators (like raccoons) and clear out large bushes!

Overall, wild animal attacks are a common occurrence in the United States, so be sure to take the above mentioned precautions. Other reminders include chipping your pets (since an attack can make them run away), having a first aid kit in tow and by calling animal control services in case you see a wild animal residing near your home.

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