|Posted by petemergencyclinic on November 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM|
Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
I have written before about attacks on our pets by coyotes and other wild animals.
The frequency of these attacks seems to be increasing, so this week's update will review this topic....
I recently treated a very nice pet dog who, while outside on a "constitutional, " was viciously attacked by a coyote and nearly eviscerated. Luckly, the owners intervened pretty early, and stopped the attack. Yet not long before the pet received severe injuries requiring surgery and lots of treatment.
So, why is this happening more? I do not really know, but I believe that, as we humans encroach more and more on certain animals' natural hahitat, these animals are having a harder and harder time finding acceptable food. So, though these animals would prefer to be nowhere near humans, they are forced to hunt soft targets such as pets out of desperation.
What can we do?
Prevent prevent prevent is the best idea. Keep your pet generally indoors when possible and when taking them out, always on a leash. Most wild animals are not yet bold enough to directly approach a human, even when they do see a "tasty tidbit" at the end of a leash.
If you should find your pet being attacked, try to scare off the wild animal, but BE CAREFUL. Sometimes, in the heat of battle, a normally-shy animal may actually take you on.
If your pet is attacked in any way, even if it seems minor, get it seen by a DVM. Many of the wounds from these animals look more mild than they are. My recent case had some deep, crushing, punctures that, at first look, did not look too bad. Remember, if the abdomen is punctures at all, there is a good chance that your pet will need surgery.
So, watch your pets closely when outside. If trouble occurs, get the pet to a DVM. Your own DVM if during busness hours, and after hours, Pet Emergency Clinic. 337-562-0400.
You CAN do something about pet illness.
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic