The Dangers of Roaming Free at the Cottage

by | General Pet Care |

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The weekend is here!  Warm weather means cottage time.  Nothing says relaxation like time away from the city.

The cottage setting is very different than urban life and many people allow their pets to roam free.  I was guilty of this, letting Moose off-leash as soon as we pulled into the driveway of our rustic little retreat.   We would always let him run free and he always came back so we never had any concerns.  What we didn’t realize, was that while he was doing his rounds around the area, he was also getting into people’s garbage.  One day, he came back very ill and we had to take him to the emergency veterinarian clinic 40 km away.   Luckily with a little rest and rehydration, he made a full recovery.

On another occasion, we were driving up the dirt road and as we came around a bend, almost hit one of the neighbour’s dogs.    This made me realize that it really wasn’t safe to let Moose roam free and from that point on, we kept him on a leash.  The only time we let him roam free was when we were down by the water so he can play in the lake.

As much as I loved seeing Moose all free and happy, this was best for his health and safety.

Make your summer at the cottage a safe one.  Check out the Ontario SPCA’s Cottage Safety Fact Sheet for useful tips such as water safety, pets and wildlife, and much more.  And remember, always keep your pets’ identification up-to-date in the event they might get lost.

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