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Pet's and Hunting Season Safety

Posted by lhvs on November 25, 2015

Hunting season can be a dangerous time for pets. Here are some safety tips to keep your beloved pets safe from hunting dangers:

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOGS OFF LEASH!  Keeping your pet on a leash is the best protection for them. If gets fired near you, a leash will keep your dog  from running off in fear.
  2. WEAR BRIGHT COLORS!  "Hunter orange" is the best color of choice. Vests for your dog can be purchased at any pet or hunting supply store. If your dog refuses to wear a vest, a brightly colored bandana tied around your dogs neck can be used as an alternative. This makes it easier for hunters to see you in the woods or fields.
  3. IF YOU SEE A HUNTER, GET THEIR ATTENTION!  Getting a hunters attention is the best way to make sure that they see you and your pet. Trying to sneak around to not ruin their hunt is putting you and your pet in danger. Once you wave, yell a few short loud words and get their attention, simply return the way you came.
  4. PLAN YOUR OUTING WITH YOUR PETS!  The best time to walk your pets during hunting season is mid-day. Avoid walking at dawn and dusk. Also, if the woods are your favorite plave to walk, go to a park where hunting is not permitted.
  5. KNOW YOUR LOCAL HUNTING SEASONS!  Having a knowledge of the hunting seasons will better prepare you for when hunters are in the woods.
Here is a checklist to follow when you are going to take your pet out for a walk during hunting season:
  • Keep your pets up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Have your pets microchipped.
  • Keep your veterinarians phone number in your phone in case of an emergency.
  • Apply a bell to your pet's collar so they are heard by hunters and can be more easily tracked.
  • Carry a small first aid kit with you. Here are a few things you can include: latex gloves, bandage material, neosporin, sterile eye flush, a small pair of scissors, flashlight, etc.

Visit  www.vet.cornell.edu/news/hunting.cfm for more information of pets and hunting season safety

 

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