Every year, over 100 people in the US are attacked by animals. Most of the time, wildlife attacks are easily preventable. A few simple precautions can keep both you and your pet safe from the unexpected dangers of wildlife.
Be Aware of What’s Out There
Even if you live in an urban setting, places like parks can still harbor unexpected wild animals. Keeping your eye out for signs of unusual animal behavior is smart. Your dog should always be kept on a leash in public areas, also. Leashes aren’t just for the comfort of other people. It’s for the safety of both you and your dog. A few reasons leashes are a good idea are the dangers of traffic, rambunctious children or teens who could upset your pet, as well as items your animals might ingest that could make them ill.
What’s more, keeping your dog on a leash provides a safer boundary between wildlife and your animal. Venomous snakes exist in every one of the continental states. Snakes are harder to spot than a large animal but can be just as lethal. Common wild animals such as raccoons and skunks can carry rabies. Even if you’ve had your pet vaccinated, don’t assume that means you can let your dog play near wildlife. No loving owner wants to deal with a rabid animal attack. While rabies itself is a natural concern, you must also keep in mind the actions of a rabid animal. If your dog or cat is bitten, your pet will still need a trip to the vet to check wounds and also as a precaution for yourself. The disease is transferable to humans.
Take Precautions Even at Home
If you happen to live in a state with coyotes, they can be a threat to cats and small dogs even in dense neighborhoods. When you let them out at home, if you don’t have a fence keep your pet tied up and within clear view. If you have a cat, don’t let them out to strolled unmonitored around the neighborhood. Cats are excellent hunters. However, the small rodents and birds they catch can carry several diseases. Monitor your animal companions just as a parent would a child.
Be Smart with Your Pet Outdoors
It takes minimal effort to protect yourself and your pet from wildlife. Plenty of dangerous animals roam the outdoors, and we must remember it is their natural habitat and home. So, it needs to be respected. Keep your pet on a leash. Do not stray from hiking trails. Be sure to monitor your cat or dog even at home. A responsible pet owner is a loving pet owner.