Now that the weather has gotten better, many people are starting to take advantage of the sunny, warm days of spring and take their dogs out for walks, hikes, and the dog park.
One thing to be aware of is the risk of your pet encountering another animal that may pose a danger to them. Skunks, porcupines, and rattlesnakes are just some of the many critters that can harm your pet if you’re not careful.
This week’s issue of The Intelligent Pet highlights the most common critters that our pets can come in contact with while out in the “great outdoors”. You’ll uncover how to prevent a major catastrophe from occurring in the first place as well as tips on how to handle yourself and your pet should an altercation arise.
Stay safe out there!
Amber Keiper and the rest of the BARF World team
P.S. We recently published a couple of articles on food allergies and environmental allergy problems in our pets. Since allergies and skin/coat conditions seem to be a BIG problem in our companion animals, we have decided to host a LIVE webinar on this important topic. Keep watching out for our email alerts about this upcoming webinar!
|If Dogs Could Talk|
When Critters Attack: How to Prevent and Treat Your DogBy Amber Keiperr
For dogs that have been cooped up inside all winter, there is excitement in the air as the spring season means more chances to go outdoors and have some fun. This means that other critters are also out and about, some of which may unfortunately pose a risk to your pet. The common culprits are:
HawksPeople don’t often think that their dog would be considered a victim of a hawk attack, but I know for a fact that it is possible. My mother-in-law’s miniature pinscher, Louie was recently the target of a hawk attack.
Mr. Louie was out on the front lawn running around and chasing the butterflies that were fluttering near the flowerbeds. Suddenly this huge hawk swooped down and tried to snatch him up. Luckily Louie is a quick little dog – he was able to run right past the hawk’s razor-sharp claws and evade his attack. However, the hawk was persistent. He flew a large circle in the air then dove down for another attempt. Louie seemed to think it was a game as he ran a huge circle across the lawn and evaded yet another attack. The hawk was no match for Mr. Louie and he eventually flew up to the roof of the neighbor’s house and watched him for a few minutes no doubt dumfounded to this little dog’s quick thinking and fast legs!
SkunksRambo is a regal golden retriever and a longtime BARF World fan. A couple of years ago, he encountered a skunk in his backyard. Before his mom, Pai Pai had a chance to stop him. Rambo leapt into action and attached the invader. Pai Pai was frantic as she thought Rambo was going to be injured or bitten by a possibly rabid skunk. The skunk unfortunately lost his life but not before he hit Rambo with his pungent skunk spray.
Pai Pai knew that the old wives tale of tomato juice or sauce would not work and would only turn her gorgeous golden’s fur orange. So she went online and found a recipe for skunk odor removal which did the trick in removing the foul smell from Rambo’s glorious coat. She swears by this recipe and over the years it has helped get rid of skunk odor from many of Rambo’s other dog friends. Here’s the recipe:
PorcupinesLike Rambo, most dogs have a natural instinct to attack an animal they see as a threat or food, especially if they are invading their “territory”. Porcupines are yet another animal, which dogs seem to often get into altercations with. Much to the dismay of the dog owner, these animals are well equipped with about 3,000 quills to help them stand up against a dog’s attack.
RattlesnakesWhile humans know to instinctively be weary of snakes, dogs are however not as inclined to shy away from them. In fact, they will often approach a snake and "investigate". That’s why the statistic that over 150,000 dogs fall victim to rattlesnake bites each year may not be very surprising to hear1.
While there isn’t much that you can do to treat a rattlesnake bite at home, you can definitely start by dosing yourself and your pet with Rescue Remedy while in route to the vet. The best thing to do is take the appropriate steps to avoid a rattlesnake encounter from happening in the first place. Keep your pet on a leash, stick to the trails and avoid high grass areas or places where snakes can hide such as rock or woodpiles.
The best way to minimize the risk of critters attacking your pet is prevention. Make sure to keep your yard well secured so intruders can’t sneak onto your property. Keep your pets leashed and in sight so that if they do encounter a possible threat you are able act swiftly and avoid a major catastrophe.
1: UC Davis website (http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=7763)
Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud “BARF brats” – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.
|Bark Out Loud|
Wags of Wisdom:“Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a Wolf at heart.”
–Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, author
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-William Maxwell, American novelist and editor
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Here are some of the responses we received from last week's article, “Why Does My Dog Bark?”:
“I am owned by 2 Adopted Greyhounds, and their barking is certainly ‘readable’. Lazy (38k male) [84 lb.] is not timid but ‘likes to be near his Mum’ type dog. He has a game that is played only on MY working mornings (I work from a home office). The moment I start work, he goes in a high pitch excited bark, short sharp sounds. Of course the first time I rush to him thinking he had cut a paw, got stuck, etc., but NO he was lying in the middle of the bed having made a nest of the covers. I now just answer him saying something like "I know what you are doing and get off the bed”.
After about 4-5, he comes and lies down in the office, but he is so pleased with himself it is laughable, he knows what he is doing and it is just a big game now. If I shut the bedroom door, he stands by it as if asking for it to be opened. Having done this, (he) whoops straight onto the bed, makes a nest then a ‘laughing’ face (please don't say dogs cannot laugh, I am sure all dog owners know they do).
The other greyhound only barks if strangers walk within inches of the gate and if they come in, it is ‘this way to the fridge’ behaviour.”
-Peta K. from Australia
Sounds like you have a little trickster there, Peta. It must pretty interesting at home – never a dull moment!
“I really enjoyed reading your article on dogs barking. We have a very interesting, very noticeable, barking situation at our home. My husband is out of town frequently and I notice that when he is home, our male Lab mix and female black Lab rest more and their barks are not as intense. As soon as he leaves, our male Lab mix is on point for everything! The male Lab mix guards the outside and our female black Lab gets between me and the open door and stands guard over me if the male has signaled some concern. She will NOT leave her post until the male signals the ok. She does none of this behavior when my husband is home.”
-Debi H. from Southern California
Debi, you’ve got two loyal protectors there while “dad” is away. You and your husband must never need to worry with this canine time is around.