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Dog Theft: Preventing Injury, Loss & Death From Wildlife

APRIL 12, 2017 BY: Amber Kingsley

Dog Theft: Preventing Injury, Loss & Death From Wildlife

Animal theft, especially when it comes to dogs and cats, are on the rise all around the world. Headlines are reporting the increase in dog nappings in Canada over the past few years is premeditated and not due to money itself, but something more. This is causing concern with pet owners.


But what about critters encountering wild animals, should we be worried over these types of abductions and possible injuries? Let’s take a look at some simple precautions and defensive measures we can take to keep our beloved pets safer when it comes to other animals that could cause them distress, injury or even death.


Dangers and Disappearances From Above


We may imagine a small dog or cat being carried off by a bird of prey, and depending upon your location and circumstances, this could be a real possibility for the disappearance of a beloved pet. The obvious solution is to keep your animals inside during the day, but they still need to be outside at times so they can remain healthy and active.


Some preventative measures to help to ensure their safety is to plant some decoys to protect them. Believe it or not, similar to a scarecrow, putting out plastic owls will deter other, larger birds from interfering with their hunting grounds. Not only is this an attractive addition to your garden or yard, it can help to stop some flying menaces from looking at your property as possible hunting area for your pets.


Gardens and Grounds


Speaking of gardens and yards, there are other ways of making these spaces safer for pets besides adding some outdoor decor or hiring a professional to get rid of pests:


●     Shrubs, brush, thick bushes, compost and wood piles make excellent places for predators, rodents and other pests to nest and hide. Keep them well-trimmed and inspect them regularly for signs of wildlife.


●     Also regularly inspect the confines of your outdoor spaces for possible places where critters can invade this space, loose boards, faulty hinges, holes or tunnels.


●     Don’t feed or keep pet food outdoors and be sure that rubbish containers are either tightly closed or in another area that’s not outdoors, like a garage or shed.


●     If you have fruit trees or other food-bearing foliage in your garden, keep the ripened and fallen items picked up and the areas around them clean.


Keep Them Leashed  and Don’t Release


Even the most well-behaved dog (or even a cat for that matter) is not completely safe outdoors when they’re not on a leash. Especially at places like dog parks, or even taking your animal out for an evening stroll, the safest place for them is at the end of a leash.

 

If you do happen to encounter an animal that could be a danger to you and/or your pet, pick up your companion if possible and try to make yourself seem as large and threatening as possible. Extend your arm(s), scream and shout, throw things at them and most importantly, don’t be afraid to fight back. Don’t turn your back on a possible predator, instead look them in the eyes and stare them down.


Some of these tips and tricks will also help to keep animals thieves at bay and ensure your precious pet is safe from being abducted by humans as well as encounters with wildlife. With a little bit of planning, maintenance and forethought, your animals will be much safer from disappearing, becoming the victim of an abduction without your knowledge if you’re better prepared for this possibility no matter how remote.