Protecting Pets From Canadian Wildlife
Oh Canada! A beautiful landscape well known for our gorgeous outdoors and vast array of stunning wildlife. But for those who have pets, wild animals and other pests can cause problems with our four-legged best friends. Although it’s highly unlikely one of our pets will encounter a bear or other larger threatening forms of wildlife, run-ins with animals can still cause them possible harm or even death.
Canadian wildlife – birds of prey
In an ironic twist of fate, when it comes to birds, cats are the number one reason for the decline of some species, especially in Canada. But on the other hand, a bird of prey can easy carry off a cat, kitten, puppy or small dog. That’s why it’s recommended that cats and other small animals be kept indoors as a better form of protection for all creatures involved.
If a pet must spend time outdoors, visual deterrents can help keep birds away from your property. Plastic decoys of other predator birds like owls and falcons placed around the property can keep other feathered friends away. Reflective strips, mirrors and mylar tape all give off flashes of light that can frighten birds into avoiding your yard, garden or other outdoor area.
Other Flight Risks
Mosquitoes and other flying insects can also harm our pets and carry harmful diseases like heartworm and the Zika virus. Even if your animal is on heartworm medication, this isn’t 100% effective from all the effects of these types of pests. If your pet is kept indoors, make sure windows, doors and screens are all in excellent working condition to deter insects. Also get rid of outdoor elements that encourage mosquito growth:
● Make sure there’s no standing water from puddles, buckets and barrels
● Wash out bird baths every few days to kill larvae that could stick to the bottom
● Report abandoned or neglected pools in your neighborhood to the local authorities.
Less Attractive Habitats
For larger threats that can come from coyotes and bigger hunting cats like a lynx, make sure your property is less friendly for them to use your yard as a feeding ground. Speaking of food, if you have fruit trees or other food-bearing items in your yard, keep fallen fruit and similar items off the ground. Other ways to keep wildlife away:
● Don’t feed your animal, give them treats or store pet food outdoors
● Keep bushes and brush well trimmed to avoid them hiding or residing there
● Be mindful of compost and wood piles for the same reasons
● Make sure garbage cans are either kept in an out-building or tightly shut and secure
● Keep doors to out-buildings closed at all times
If you do happen to encounter a predator, stay calm, don’t run away from them and keep eye contact with them at all times. Make yourself seem as large and threatening as possible by making noise and waving your arms about. If you have a smaller animal, pick them up to help protect them from being picked off.
Again, it’s unlikely you’ll encounter a threatening animal, but if you live in the wilderness, your odds are much higher. For most of us living in the city or suburbs, we can still protect our pets from becoming prey in the great country of Canada.
Amber Kingsley is a freelance writer whom has donated countless hours to supporting her local shelter. She has spent most of her research with writing about animals; food, health and training related. She also has experienced numerous methods of training with local Southern California trainers.
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