How To Keep Your Pet Safe From Wildlife
Wildlife Can Be A Danger To Your Pets- Here's What To Do About It
Regardless of where you live, the chances of wildlife being around is high. From raccoons rustling through dumpsters in the big city, to coyotes howling in your yard in the countryside, you can (and most likely will) find wildlife. We might understand that it's important to give these animals a safe berth, but that's a little harder to explain to your pets! Let's go over some good tips to keep your furry family members safe from wildlife around your area.
1. Don't feed wildlife
Although animals such as raccoons, coyotes, or feral cats might be adorable, it's best not to feed them. When you feed them you're encouraging them to come back and visit again- and we want to avoid that! Wild animals forage for themselves and eat their tasty meals out in the forest and we want to keep it that way. Along with not feeding wild animals, it's important to not leave your pet's food outside because raccoons were never taught manners, and won't hesitate to gobble up your pet's meal.
2. Keep your pets inside at night
Although we're not nocturnal, many creatures are and spend our nighttime socializing with their other critter friends. This being said, it's best to keep your domesticated animals inside during the night to help minimize the chances of a scuffle with wildlife around your area. It's hard for a pet to alert you to the fact that they're injured if they're stuck outside while you sleep.
3. Keep your pet on a leash in highly populated wild animal areas
Dogs may love to greet other dogs, and might attempt this with wildlife- which should be avoided. When walking on trails in wooded areas or hiking, keep your pup on a leash to keep them nearby and safe. Whenever you see wildlife, keep a safe distance and follow the recommended protocols provided by your local park ranger or fish and wildlife control.
A good thing to check before you go on a trip for a hike or similar trip is whether or not your destination is a wildlife hotspot. One of the ways you can do this is by verifying if an area is pet-friendly- a big part of being a "pet friendly" location is the level of wildlife in the area. There's a great site called AllTrails, which logs trails and parks around the world- you can use this site to check if destinations you'd like to go to are pet friendly.
If you're wanting to go on a hike out in the wilderness, but are worried about being able to easily keep them nearby, you might want to try our Trail Pup Hands-Free Leash. It's a great way to keep your hands free on a walk with your companion, and ensures that you can keep them within your sphere of safety in case a wildlife encounter occurs.
It's always easier to prevent fleas and ticks than it is to remove them! The hassle of cleaning your entire living space can be very frustrating, and your pet can pick up fleas or ticks in the wild. To make the process simpler, just prevent them with a prescription from your pet's vet.
We have an in-depth blog about flea and tick prevention- check it out for good tips on how to keep your buddy healthy!
5. Avoid Dawn and Dusk for walks if possible
Dawn and Dusk can be the most active period for some wild animals to take their version of a walk. So if you can plan your walk at different times of the day, you'll reduce your chance of an interaction.
6. What to do if your pet has an encounter
If your pet is attacked by an animal it's important to get them to a vet as soon as possible. Although the wound might be small, bites and scratches need to be examined and treated by a trained professional. Animal bites usually require antibiotics and to be cleaned out.
If you'd like more information about what to do in case of a wildlife encounter turning nasty, you can check this article from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources that has instruction on what to do if your pet is attacked by wildlife.
So get out there and enjoy your walk, hike, run, or bike adventure! Always remember to be safe, and if you are ever concerned about your or your pet's well being remove yourself from the situation immediately. Always consult your vet before doing anything new with your pet.
(FurHaven is not liable or responsible for anything that happens while out and about with your pet. These suggestions are supposed to be helpful and are not directions. Always consult with your vet or doctor about anything you might be concerned about.)