Most pet owners spend time and money to make sure their pet is protected. They put up fences, provide vaccinations, provide a good diet and plenty of exercise, and keep pets away from harmful substances. But one area that is sometimes overlooked is pet interactions with wildlife.
The results of some interactions with wildlife may only be annoying, such as when an overly curious dog gets sprayed by a skunk. But some encounters can be dangerous to a pet, such as encounter with a porcupine.
There are several ways to reduce the likelihood that pets will have an encounter with a wild animal. Dogs should be kept leashed when they are in an unfamiliar area, especially when out in the country. Pets can be kept in the house at night when wildlife is more likely to be active. Putting pet food and other wildlife attractants (such as trash) away so that wildlife is not drawn to the area will also help.
Discouraging pets from having contact with wildlife is not only beneficial to your pet, it is also better for the wild animal. Interacting regularly with domestic animals could cause wild animals to lose their fear of humans. Leaving food or garbage out for wild animals to scavenge could cause the wild animal to be considered a nuisance. In the city limits, all nuisance wildlife is live trapped and destroyed.
Taking some basic steps to protect your pet and help keep wildlife wild will benefit everyone.
Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue’s pet of the week is Abigail, a feisty little kitten. Abigail is an orange female kitten and is about seven weeks old. She has more personality than seems possible for something so tiny. If you are looking for a new addition to your family, Abigail would make an entertaining choice.
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