Important Tips to Protect Your Family and Pets from Coyotes

March 1st, 2017 by Daniel Mudrick

Coyotes have been in our neighbourhood for many years, but we have noticed an increase in coyote attacks on pets recently. These animals are smart and have adapted to urban life, having been displaced from their wooded areas. While there are always risks outdoors for people and pets, the coyotes in our area are becoming a real danger.

Just recently, a 15lb dog named Lola was attacked by three coyotes in her own backyard and brought to our clinic for emergency care. She’s a strong little warrior and is now doing well. Read the full story here and see Dr. Mudrick on CityNews.

This is a wakeup call for all of us to be aware and take preventive measures.

How to Protect Your Family and Pets from Coyotes

  • Do not feed coyotes – feeding coyotes causes aggression toward humans.
  • Store garbage indoors until collection day.
  • Feed pets indoors.
  • Install motion sensor lights or sprinklers.
  • Install a 6’ solid fence and extend with mesh underground to prevent burrowing.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Keep dogs on a short 5’ leash.
  • Do not allow your dog to chase wildlife.
  • Check your property for wildlife before letting your pet outside.
  • After dark or at dusk, use a short leash if you’re taking your pet out.
  • Vaccinate your pet against rabies.
  • Never leave young children unattended.
  • Teach children not to approach or harass wildlife (or pets!).
  • Avoid walking alone in areas with coyotes, at dusk or dawn, or when it’s dark.
  • Carry protection, like a personal alarm, umbrella, flashlight, cellphone, etc.

What to Do If You Encounter a Coyote 

  • Stay calm and wait until they move away.
  • Do not turn your back or run. Like dogs, coyotes are hardwired to give chase if you run.
  • If approached, stand tall, wave your arms, and make yourself as large as you can. Clap, yell, shout loudly, make startling movements, throw and object toward the animal. Coyotes will avoid scary situations or aggressive behaviour.
  • Startle the animal by opening an umbrella, using a flashlight, or activating an audible alarm.

Please keep these tips in mind and stay safe out there!


Has your pet been injured or attacked? Call us at 905-855-2100 immediately and bring them in for emergency care. We are always open 24/7 with a vet on site (never “on call”).

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About Daniel Mudrick

I'm the owner and founder of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has always been a dream of mine, and by caring for one patient at a time, the hospital has continued to grow. During those rare times when I'm not at the hospital, I'm at yoga, hiking, gardening, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading to stay current on the most recent advances in veterinary medicine.

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