With spring fast approaching, many wild animals begin to venture beyond their natural habitats. Typically, this occurs when they searching for their next meal. Equally, your pet may also be spending increasing amounts of time outdoors. Unfortunately, many nuisance wild animals will mistake domestic pets for food, potentially creating a devastating encounter for pets and their owners. This is why it is important for pet owners to take extra precautions when it comes to protecting their pets, especially dogs, from wildlife attacks. Here’s how.

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe

Dangerous wildlife animals can greatly harm favorite family pets, resulting in cuts, diseases and even fatalities. Run-ins with predators including hawks, owls, snakes, coyotes, raccoons, foxes, bears and even alligators are all too common across the country. Being a responsible pet owner means that you will take extra measures to make sure your pet is safe and sound at all times. Here are a few helpful tips on mitigating the risk of your dog being attacked by a wild animal:

#1 Secure Your Fence. For dogs that are granted yard access, ensure your fences are properly secured. This can prevent them from not only escaping, but can also prevent dangerous predators from getting in and potentially cornering a helpless pet. Gaps in fence planks, holes or other easy access points could be detrimental to an outside pet. By fixing any vulnerable places on your fence you can keep your dog safe and sound while they are enjoying the front or backyard.

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#2 Keep Your Dog Leashed. Never underestimate the importance of keeping your dog on a leash when going for exercise. A leash lets you keep a close eye on your pet, ensuring they do not venture off by themselves into a wild animal’s territory. Some animals may feel that an encroaching dog is a threat to their safety and will attack out of defense. Others may prey on a lone pet, having sized them up as food. You can lessen the likelihood of such instances by walking your pet and keeping them on their leash for the duration of the walk outside. This is also true for swooping birds where you may be able to save the life of your small dog by keeping him or her leashed at all times.

#3 Secure Trash Cans. Further critter-proof your house by properly securing your outdoor trash cans. Trash and food remnants are inviting snacks for many animals who are searching for food. An open trash can is a direct invite for many predators and a nearby pet could be threatened if these visitors become aggressive. Remember to tightly tie bags and to also keep the lids on your trash bins closed at all times to keep uninvited wildlife away.

#4 Keep Your Pet Up-to-date on Vaccinations

Lastly take preventative measures by keeping your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations, including their rabies shots. No matter the precautions you take, there may still be the threat of attacks from rabid animals who will display very unpredictable behaviors. For instance, bats and foxes pose a very high risk of transmitting rabies to beloved pets. Make sure your pet sees their veterinarian often to prevent the spread of disease from such wildlife attacks.

While the danger of wildlife predators poses a serious threat to homeowners and their pets, there are measures you can take to keep the family dog safe from harm. Consider any of the aforementioned tips to lessen the likelihood of your dog encountering a dangerous wildlife animal. 

 

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