Your domesticated pet is nothing like the wildlife that has taken up residence in your home, and the odds of Spot getting along with the raccoon under the porch are slim. If there’s wildlife around the home, pet owners should keep an extra eye on their cats and dogs.
Wildlife won’t become a problem until they’re bothered, but you want to minimize the interaction between your pet and a wild animal. Here are three concerns pet owners should have when wildlife gets too close to home.
Pets catching wildlife diseases are one of the biggest concerns their owners have. Diseases transmit so easily—it just takes contact. Wildlife in the home leave behind a number of signs that they’re present, which your pets may unfortunately come across. Whether your dog gets too close to a raccoon latrine outside or sniffs around bat guano outside the home, there’s a possibility of catching something.
Roundworm infects pets who venture into areas with contaminated soil. If your dog has rolled around in it and then licked its fur, it might contract the disease. If your pet is bitten or scratched by rabid wildlife, it could become infected with rabies. Skunks and raccoons are the most common carriers, so take extra note for pets roaming around the backyard where wildlife has been spotted.
Distemper primarily affects dogs, causing them to become lethargic, possibly experience vomiting and diarrhea, and it could even infect their spinal cord. Without vaccination, this disease could be fatal. Tapeworm occurs through the ingestion of defecation from infected animals. It ends up in the digestive track, where it forms cysts that aren’t good for your pet.
Wildlife and pets that get into a scrap won’t only leave your pet fearful, but injured. While rodents and animals living around your property are encroaching on your space, they won’t be happy to see your dog or cat up close and personal. Even if your pet is simply curious and sniffing around, the animal may mistake this as a territorial threat, and take a jab at your pet while doing so.
Wildlife in the home nursing their young will be even more protective. Your pet could find themselves in a little fight while the animal does what it must to protect its babies. While altercations between pets and wildlife aren’t planned, it’s a possible occurrence if someone gets too close on another’s turf.
3. Flight Risks
Any birds of prey in the neighbourhood might find small pets appealing. Pet owners should be cautious when taking their pets out for a walk, making sure to keep their animals on a leash in particular neighbourhoods these birds are known to inhabit.
Try not to leave small pets outside unattended if you live in an area where birds of prey are often spotted. You run the risk of a small dog, kitten, and puppy getting scooped up. For pets who love roaming outdoors, eliminate flight risks with visual deterrents. Plastic decoys, reflective strips, and mirrors are all equally effective ways to keep birds off the lawn and your pet enjoying the freedom outside. You want to be able to leave your dog outdoors, and it never hurts to add in a few precautions to do so.
Pets are part of the family. Protect them from any wildlife around your home. Ensure they’re vaccinated to lower their risk of catching a disease. Keep them away from areas populated by certain wildlife to reduce the chance of contact. If you think there’s wildlife in the home, don’t hesitate to call animal removal services. These professionals wildlife-proof your home and remove any animals from the property to keep every member of your family safe—even the furry ones.