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Hunting safety tips for pets

We are now into the hunting season, whether it is with guns or bows, and whether hunting for birds, bear, rabbits, deer or any wild animal.  You need to be safe and keep your four-legged companion safe.

Get your dog an orange hunting vest or bandana; these can be purchased online, or try a local store.  I got mine at Walmart in Presque Isle, or if you have a talent for sewing, you can make one quite easily.  Here are some safety tips I found online at Billings Animal Family Hospital, under Hunting Safety.

Whether you are gearing up to go out yourself or just living in the area, you need to make yourself aware of things that you can do to make this hunting season a safe one.  Make sure to follow these tips to help your pet stay safe.

Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations and is on appropriate parasite prevention.  Diseases like leptospirosis, rabies, and Lyme disease are serious.

In cooler weather hypothermia can be a concern, especially for dogs that become wet.  Be sure that they have a place where they can get out of the wind and dry them as best as you are able.

If the weather is warm, be on the lookout for early signs of heat exhaustion.  These include heavy panting, or drooling, confusion and weakness. Always provide your pet with fresh water.

Provide safety gear for your dog.  Fit your dog with a safety vest to alert other hunters to his or her presence and protect him from rough terrain.  You can always buy doggies boots to protect their paws.

Carry a pet first-aid kit with you.  You never know when your dog might need medical attention.

Never transport your dog loose in the bed of a pickup or truck or a trunk.  You may choose to mount a crate in the truck’s bed for transport. Be sure to provide shelter from the wind, and a soft dry place to lie.

Be sure that your dog is identifiable with tags and a microchip.  This will increase the chances of finding your pet should you become separated.

Know the seasons.  Even if you are not a hunter, make yourself familiar with when hunting season is.

Hope you find these tips helpful.   Good luck with your hunt and have a safe and fun hunting season.

If you are looking for a fur baby, check out the Central Aroostook Humane Society, We have some nice animals looking for loving homes.  We are located at 24 Cross Street, Presque Isle. Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed at lunch from 12 to 12:30.  

Please be a responsible pet owner and have your pet neutered or spayed.

Quote for the week: “The bond between a hunter and his dog can’t be described; but only felt” (author unknown).

Gail Wieder is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

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