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What to Do When You Encounter a Wild Animal

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Confrontations with Wildlife

Unfortunately, incidents between pets and wildlife occur every day around the country. If the wild animal is hurt in the attack, follow the protocol outlined previously on page two. If your pet gets bitten or scratched by a wild animal, follow these steps:

1. Use gloves and a hose to wash your petís wounds. Never touch the wounds with bare hands because there may be saliva from a rabid animal present.
2. Call your petís veterinarian immediately, even if the wound does not seem serious.
3. Call an animal control officer to come remove the wild animal if she is still present.
4. Have your pet re-vaccinated immediately, even if he is up to date on vaccinations.
5. If your petís vaccinations are expired, he may need to be held for observation. Animals cannot be treated after they have been infected with rabies, so it is very important to stay up to date on all vaccines.

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4:42AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Such a privilege to encounter a wild animal in its habitat.

4:40AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Noted thanks

4:22AM PDT on May 5, 2014

thanx for sharing this great post

3:35PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Thanks for this informative post.

4:55AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Very interesting, one is never too old to learn, thank you :)

2:45AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013


1:38AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Nice article, thank you very much :)

7:02PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Thanks for the good information

9:17AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Excellent article, thank you!
I must admit that my "caring instinct" for wildlife is a mix of good will and wishful thinking. I really hadn't known what I read here about birds and young animals but it makes a lot of sense to let Nature (and the mother) "take her course."

As for larger wildlife, I'd better learn the ropes as I migrate between two habitats with entirely different local fauna. So far I've been fortunate, but I'd rather be prepared than risk my luck running out. It's 20 years since my family had a run-in with rabies: our dog's vaccination protected her after she was attacked and bitten on the nose by a rabid fox one-third her size, on our lawn in broad daylight. (She got fat spending nearly 3 months in quarantine and cried when we had to leave at the end of our daily visits.) As both my preschool daughters and I touched her wound in cleaning it we had to go through the series of shots. Almost every year there are reports of more cases, even this week. So scary!

1:42PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Lyn S.,

What I learned long ago, live in rural farming area and have had to protect and rescue many animals (companion and wild) that you did wrong for baby birds. Next time leave the baby birds exactly where they are and keep all companion animals away, even if you handle them the mother bird will work to get them back in the nest.

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