Where the Wild Things Are: Protecting Your Pets from Wildlife

A Domestic Dog Has It's First Run In With A Wild Coyote; wildlife and pets dont mix!

Your cat or dog may have the heart of a tiger and the soul of a wolf, but we all know our companion animals are more suited to the couch than the jungle. Widlife and pets don’t mix. Whether you live in a rural area or right in the center of town, Tipp City shares a home with plenty of local wildlife from hawks to coyotes. Ohio’s animal population can be a challenge for pet owners who want to ensure their furbabies are safe and comfortable.

It’s easy to assume squirrels are the closest encounter with nature your dog or cat will ever have, but a chance run-in with a predator can happen in the blink of an eye. Even the most diligent pet parents can’t always anticipate the next adventure their daily walks may bring. That’s why it’s important to take preventative measures and be proactive in protecting your pets from wildlife.

Tipp City Veterinary Hospital has put together a helpful guide for pet owners living around wildlife. Get ready to fearlessly explore the trails, parks, or your own backyard with a little more peace of mind!

Out and About

Daily walks and the occasional hike are a great way to promote canine health and wellness. Go prepared for the journey with a few basic tips for wildlife encounters.

Timing

Be especially aware during dawn and dusk when predators are most active. Stick to well populated trails if you’re planning a morning jog or late night jaunt. Be vigilant of any recent wildlife sightings in the area. Avoid short cutting through the brush and keep your dog leashed at all times.

For added safety, bring a flashlight or headlamp and consider investing in a light up, LED collar for your dog too.

Feeling unsure? Bring a friend! Doggie playgroups are not only an excellent safety measure, but a great way to meet fellow dog lovers.

Plan Ahead

While we never want to consider how easily a chance encounter can happen, it’s a good idea to have a plan in mind.

The first rule of thumb for predators is to make plenty of noise. Large cats and coyotes are easily spooked by loud sounds. Second, pick up your dog and try to make yourself look as “big” as possible. Never run. This will encourage predators to give chase. Remain calm and exit the area when it is safe to do so.

If you live an area that bears frequent, carry bear spray in case of emergency. Keep bear spray firmly secured to your belt or backpack so that it’s accessible at any time.

Consider carrying a walking stick for self defense when walking or hiking alone.

Preventative Care

Even animals like raccoons can carry rabies and other harmful diseases. If your dog or cat gets into a scuffle with any wild animal, seek veterinary attention immediately. Be sure to stay up to date on your pet’s vaccinations to minimize the risk of an accidental encounter going from bad to worse.

Don’t forget about parasites! If your dog or cat is in an area that wildlife also frequent, protect them by guarding against fleas, ticks, and heartworm.

Backyard Defenders

Wildlife encounters don’t just happen on the trails. Many predators are opportunistic and will take advantage of easy prey, including household pets. Even if you supervise your pet when he or she is out and about doesn’t mean an accident can’t happen. Kittens, puppies, toy breeds, and small pets or exotics are especially vulnerable. These animals spell “food” to predatory birds and other wildlife.

Keep them safe with a few simple rules for wildlife proofing your yard.

Clean Yard, Happy Pets

Keeping a clean yard isn’t simply great for boosting your property’s value or keeping your landlord happy; it’s a must for providing a safe environment for your pets to roam. Garbage attracts predators from coyotes and foxes to bears and mountain lions. Unless you’re running a buffet for scavenging wildlife, it’s best to keep bins secured and loose trash picked up.

Never leave uneaten pet food outside. This can easily attract raccoons and other animals who pose a threat to your outdoor cat or backyard loving dog. Try feeding your pet inside or set specific meal times and discard any leftovers promptly.

Predators like coyotes love to snack on fruit. If you allow your pet rabbit to run in an enclosed pen, be sure to clean up any treats and always supervise small animals during their outdoor adventures. This goes for gardens too. Be sure to harvest any discarded apples, peaches, and berries.

Squirrel and bird feeders present a similar allure for predatory birds. It’s best to keep feeders close to a porch or door and sweep up any remains each morning.

Got compost? We love an ecofriendly yard, but unfortunately so do predators! Be sure to rotate compost piles daily. Check the compost area for any nesting wildlife, including snakes, to minimize the risk of a surprise encounter.

Fortify with Landscaping

Brushy areas are prime wildlife habitat. Keep your yard manicured to avoid creating an unintentional forest. Instead of shubbery, consider a chic rock garden. Less greenery to maintain is low maintenance in addition to being an excellent precaution.

Trees also present a hazard when it comes to attracting birds of prey. Raptors love trees with dense, brushy crowns to roost in. Birds present an imminent danger to cats and kittens. Prune trees regularly to avoid any unwanted backyard guests.

Protect with Tech

There’s no such thing as being overly cautious when it comes to our furbabies! Consider installing motion sensitive lighting for late night potty runs.

Security cameras are also a good idea when it comes to monitoring your yard. Early warning signs of curious critters can alert owners to the presence of wildlife so that appropriate actions can be taken to keep their pets safe.

At Tipp Veterinary Hospital, we know our clients are active, fun loving adventurers! A few added precautions can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying time outdoors. Contact us today to learn more about keeping your pet safe, happy, and healthy.

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Emily Romigh
Emily Romigh
posted 3 days ago

I called Tipp City Animal Hospital when I was concerned that my dog had an obstruction after eating two corn cobs. Dr. Jim agreed to see him right away (even though my dog was not a current patient). Each staff member we came in contact with was friendly and professional. When it was discovered that my pup needed surgery to remove the corn cob, Dr. Jim promptly performed the surgery and saved our pup’s life. I was called multiple times that day to receive updates on Charlie’s progress, and Dr. Jim called me immediately once the surgery was complete to let me know it was successful. I am so thankful for the quality care my pup received and the friendly, professional manner of each staff member. We will definitely be using Tipp City Animal Hospital for future vet care for our pets!

Lori K
Lori K
posted 1 month ago

We love Tipp City Vets. The staff is always friendly and helpful. We absolutely appreciate the fact that the Veterinarians will take the time to call us to discuss any issues or concerns about our rabbit. They are also very knowledgeable when it comes to exotic pets. Their hours of operation are quite expansive. This is a definite plus. In addition to the pet-friendly atmosphere, the place is always neat and clean.

Abigail Lee
Abigail Lee
posted 4 months ago

We absolutely LOVE Tipp City Vet! All of the staff are professional and friendly, always happy to see us and my girl, Ollie! I have been bringing Ollie here for care for about 2 years and always had a wonderful experience. They are thorough and make sure you feel at ease about your pet.
About two months ago, we started bringing my girl here for doggy daycare once or twice a week and she loves it! She has a chance to get all her Aussie energy out while I'm at work. She's always so happy when I pick her up!!
My family has also utilized their lodging services several times. You can board your pets separately or together. They offer extra play sessions, bathing, etc. And if you're still worried about your pet, you can text their lodging phone number and they will send you pictures of your pet! Great for nervous Dog Moms like me!
Can't say enough good things!

Casey Laughter
Casey Laughter
posted 1 month ago

We love this vets office. We switched my dog over about 1-1 1/2 years ago and her care is the best it has ever been. The staff is so welcoming and informative. We see Dr. Jacob most of the time. We recently added to our dog family and they got us in right away because the new addition had some medical issues needing addressed. We were in the next day and got on a treatment plan and wellness package.

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