A cat by a tree trunk

Thanks to books and cartoons, we grow up thinking that raccoons are cute and fluffy, foxes are smart, and coyotes are artful opportunists. And while these species (and others, like skunks or deer) enjoy widespread popularity and protection, they should be given a wide berth.

Not only does a healthy space bubble protect diverse species in Mecklenburg County, this approach goes a long way toward keeping your pet safe from wildlife encounters. 

Be Prepared

One of the best ways to keep your pet safe from wildlife is to understand which animals are out there, times they’re more likely to cross paths with your pet, and how to avoid a frightening situation.

Bats, coyotes and deer are commonly spotted around Charlotte. Mostly, they are simply looking for food in housing developments and neighborhoods. This time of year pets like to stay out a little later, increasing the odds of a dangerous encounter with nocturnal wildlife. 

Pet Size and Lifestyle

Smaller dogs and cats can become prey for many wild animals, including raptors. That being said, however, even a larger dog with an inclination to defend their territory can easily become a casualty of a dangerous fight.

Keep Your Pet Safe From Wildlife

White-tailed deer are definitely beautiful, but they have the capacity to carry and spread diseases and parasites. As a result, we recommend keeping your yard fully fenced, free of low hanging branches, dense shrubbery (where ticks can easily be found) and plants known to entice deer. 

On a similar note, be sure to keep all of your trash receptacles fully closed or secured. The fewer attractions to your property, the better. This goes for compost heaps, wood piles, and accessible hiding spots, like the crawl space, and more.

An Extra Step

Without a doubt, the fencing and gate systems on your property are essential for keeping your pet where they belong, but reduce the chances of wildlife roaming in. Periodically check latches, closures, and sturdiness to ensure top-level security.

Deer can jump over a low fence, and many animals equally disruptive to your pet’s safety, can burrow or dig beneath fence posts or gates.

Out and About

Many dogs are encouraged to run free on nature trails, but this increases risk when it comes to wildlife. To keep your pet safe from wildlife on trails, keep them leashed and close to you at all times. 

Eye on Prevention

While you cannot anticipate every wildlife encounter, you can take preventative measures against the spread of contagious diseases. Be sure that your pet is fully vaccinated and up to date on their parasite prevention medication. Additionally, train your pet so they can respond to simple commands like “come”, “leave it”, or “drop it”.

If you have further concerns about keeping your pet safe from wildlife encounters, we’re always here for you at Animal Medical Hospital and 24 Hour Urgent Care