Protecting Our Pets From Wildlife

November 1st, 2017 by The Clarkson Team

Our urban environment is embedded within a natural world of wildlife and living organisms. It is important to be aware of the wildlife within our habitat to ensure that our pets are protected from this natural risk.

Wildlife sighting and encounters have become a prevalent issue in the Mississauga area over the past several years. According to the Mississauga Animal Control, the most common Wildlife sighted and encountered in Mississauga include the Coyote, Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, and Deer. As a result of increase encounters with Wildlife, Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has successfully treated and rehabilitated emergent wildlife confrontation cases. You can check out our City TV News segment from this spring 2017 regarding the increased risk of Coyote encounters in the Mississauga area.

City Wildlife poses a risk to all canine and feline owners, especially if our pets are left outdoors and without supervision. Our pets encountering wildlife puts their health at risk through pathogens, parasites, and diseases. Pet owners are susceptible to zoonotic diseases, defined as diseases that animals can transmit to humans. This includes the viral disease Rabies, which is most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Another recent common zoonotic disease found in Canada is Echinococcosis multilocularis. This zoonotic disease is the transfer of tapeworm eggs through the canine host to accidental human hosts. E. Multilocularis is a tapeworm that dwells within the small intestine of domestic canine and wild canid. This ultimately causes a shed of tapeworm eggs through defecation (feces) in the environment which is immediately infectious to human and nonhuman counterparts. According to the Center for Disease control and prevention, since 2001 there have been 12 diagnosed human cases of E.Multilocularis in Canada with 5 % cure rate. Further, if human infection of E.Multilocularis is left untreated, this can lead to fatality.

The Mississauga Animal Control website includes recommendations for pet owners to follow to ensure the safety of their pet from wildlife. They recommend to keep cats and other pets indoors, keep dogs on a short five-inch leash, not allowing your dog to chase wildlife, checking your property for wildlife before letting your pet outside, and ensuring that your pet is fully vaccinated with their species-specific core vaccines, including rabies. It is also recommended for pet owners to take precautions with the family against wildlife risk such assuring young children are never unattended, educating children not to approach wildlife or unfamiliar pets, avoid walking alone in areas with coyotes or other wildlife.

Please visit the Mississauga Animal Control website and the Toronto Wildlife Centre website for more information.

We are open 24 hours, 7 days a week, even on Holidays for anything that you need! Please feel free to contact us anytime at 905-855-2100.

Written by Chantal, CCR

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