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Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
Recently, Dr. Prince was presented, early one morning, with a beloved pet who had been attacked by a coyote while just outside the owners' home on a morning "constitutional." The dog was severely injured including nerve damage. He treated the dog for shock with IV fluids and pain meds, started IV antibiotics and sent the pet on to her home clinic for ongoing care.
This incident made me think and realize that we have been seeing more of this type of incident over the past few years than we have in the past. We have also experienced similar problems with free-roaming dogs and sometimes with pets who actually live together in the same home.
Injuries such as this are often severe to extreme and may result in the owner's being injuried too.
Why is this occuring more often? I am not totally certain, and the following is just my opinion, but I believe that part of the problem is the reduced available habitat for some wild animals. As we continue to develop more and more land, the habitat of the wild animal shrinks, and the natural food supply for the animal shrinks too. So, for a hungry wild animal, the sight of a plump, pampered pet may become just too tempting.
When pets are involved in the aggression, the above reason would not apply. Some pets are just aggressive. Period. I have heard people says that "it is all in how you raise them, etc, etc.," and it may be to some extent. But some breeds and individuals are just hard-wired to be aggressive no matter how you raise them.
It would be crazy to house a small lamb with a hungry lion, no matter how nicely the lion was raised. The lion will probably do what lions do. Similarly, some individual animals, no matter how "sweet" they seem to the owner, are potentially dangerous and must be handled accordingly.
So, what can we do to protect our domestic pets from harm from other animals? Here are a few things.....
1) Keep your pet leashed and under your control when he is outside. A wild animal will be much less likely to approach a human than he would a pet.
2) Keep your awareness UP UP UP (hence the title of the old Elvis song) when you are out with a pet. Be ready to pick up the pet and or to escape the situation in whatever way makes sense.
3) Be aware that MANY people do not comply with the leash law.
4) Avoid interaction with wild animals. Do not feed then or attempt to befriend them. You may cause these animals to lose the natural fear of man that keeps them alive.
5) Avoid entering the middle of an animal fight. You stand a very good chance of being harmed severely.
6) If your pet is injured, even if it appears minor, get it checked by a DVM. Sometimes injuries are much worse than they appear. If handled early, we get the best survival chances.
So, you see? Something CAN be done about animal to animal aggression.
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic