Keeping Pets Safe from Coyotes and Wild Animals
The hot, dry summer isn’t tough on just dogs and cats. Wild animals like coyotes and other predators grow desperate with their natural water and food sources diminishing. To survive they will sometimes turn to easy prey – your pets.
Keep your pets safe and discourage wild predators from hanging around your home by following these simple tips:
- NEVER leave pet cats or small dogs outside at night unless they are in a roofed kennel with an animal-proof lock.
- Bring in your pet’s food dish every night, or at least make sure there’s no food left in it!
- Make sure your trash containers are closed or put away in a garage or shed so coyotes, raccoons, and possums cannot get to the garbage.
- Take down your bird feeder at night. Birds are not the only animals that eat the contents of your feeder. Mice, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, and other animals also snack on the seeds. These animals are a natural food source for the coyote and if they’re in your yard, coyotes will follow!
- Make sure your fences are at least six feet tall. If you have to install a fence, consider including roller bars at the top to prevent coyotes from jumping in.
- Coyotes are night animals – it has been suggested that motion sensor lighting in your yard and on your house may discourage them from hanging around.
- Keep gardens and compost piles well enclosed. Even if they’re just full of veggies, gardens and compost heaps are another banquet for wild predators.
- Trim bushes and shrubbery on your property so there is no available place for predators to hide. Be sure the yard has no convenient den spots, a cave-like place that provides shelter, including culverts or unused sheds.
Even smaller wild animals like raccoons and skunks can be a hazard to your pet because of the diseases they carry. The Special Pals Low Cost Shot Clinics can get your pets current on all of their shots to keep them safe from deadly diseases. Call 281-579-7387 to find out when we’re holding the next Low Cost Shot Clinic.