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5 Wild Animals That Have Been Known To Attack Dogs

Written by: Renee Moen
| Published on April 13, 2014

squirrel1. Coyotes

Coyotes live all over North America. There are certain parts of the country that are coyote heavy, more so than other areas. Since their habitat has been encroached upon again and again, the coyote has taken to living in more urban surroundings and coming out at night when it is quiet. They do prey on dogs and cats. It is best to not leave a dog out at night and keep a watchful eye when letting a dog out after dark.

2. Snakes

Another “predator” that is found all over North America. The thing with snakes though is they don’t actively seek out dogs to attack and kill. Dogs often stumble across snakes that are sleeping in burrows, hiding in grass or lazing under a building. Most dogs have a natural curiosity where something that moves is concerned. Snakes just want to be left alone. An owner can keep a watchful eye out when walking, especially in snake territory. Keep the dog leased. More snake bites occur when dogs are off leash, according to Tuffts University Foster Hospital; when a dog is playing in the back yard, check on them every few minutes or so. If a dog is bitten, wrap the dog in a blanket, keep it still, and get to the vet immediately.

3. Skunks

The skunk has a distinctive smell and uses it to its advantage. Nine times out of ten it will raise its tail and spray their unmistakable perfume to ward off predators or anyone else invading their space. It doesn’t happen often, but a skunk will get into a physical altercation if necessary. They sport a fine set of claws used for digging. Skunks are omnivores and do eat meat. They also have the possibility of carrying rabies. Keep a dog up to date on its rabies vaccinations. If a dog gets sprayed, mix a solution of 1/4 c baking soda, 2T dish soap and 2 pints hydrogen peroxide. Rub this into the sprayed area and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing. Repeat a couple of times. For larger dogs, add some luke warm water to the mix.

4. Raccoons

They may look cute and harmless, but raccoons do harbor a possessive attitude when it comes to food and can be pretty aggressive when feeling threatened. Some raccoons may grow to be as large as a medium sized dog, so the fight would be a little more evenly matched. A raccoon has claws and teeth for their weapons. As a wild animal they may also carry rabies. An owner may prevent raccoon incidents by keeping the lids to the garbage cans closed (Weighted with a brick if necessary) to keep raccoons from raiding and dogs going nuts. When letting a dog out at night, keep a watchful eye out and bring them in as soon as they’re finished using the facilities.

5. Squirrels

Admittedly, I laughed when I read this. Dogs (especially mine) love to chase squirrels. The squirrels that play in our backyard enjoy taunting my dogs on the ground before darting up the tree or running along the fence, their bushy tails twitch with self confidence as they chatter obscenities at my bewildered fur babies. Squirrels would have to defend themselves if caught. Although the fight would be grossly unmatched and the squirrel wouldn’t have much of a chance at survival, they would get some good blows in with their claws and teeth. Puncture wounds take awhile to heal, claws and teeth could damage soft tissue on the dog.

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