Wait – What was that animal slinking about in the brush there? Some kind of dog or was it a Coyote? Ether must be in terrible pain! There was something really wrong, it had no fur. Worse yet, its skin was flaky and horrible looking. A distinct odor settled in as the unfortunate animal ran away, the sores on its body stinking beyond belief! Could it be an undead creature looking for a life to replace the one it lost? More and more animals are walking around suffering from mange, a common parasite infestation found mostly on canines. Only in this case the parasite problem is out of control! Most canines are born with some parasites. Puppies are at higher risk of infection though mange during their first year because of an under developed immune system. However, mange can and does occur later in life in a canine’s life. There are two types of mange, Sarcoptic and Demodectic. The first – a result from an out of control parasite while the second form occurs due to changes in the animal’s health. Most often older canines develop mange but the skin deterioration is also due to hormone imbalances and or cancers. Either form of manage is a reason to keep your animals on a leash. Mange can be found in the soil so while a leash can help prevent your animal from coming into contact with a diseased animal it may not totally prevent your pet from walking through contaminated environments. Oh! Yes – humans can contract mange if in contact with either a sick animal or exposure to parasite infested areas. Still sleeping with your pup?
The cure for manage- keep your pets clean with regular brushing. Pets may resist but wash them on a regular basis. Be sure to check every inch of their bodies particularly the folds of skin around ears, shoulders and flanks. Be sure your pets remain healthy, vets can help spot problems early and treat them as needed. Should a need arise for topical ointments your vet can guide you in selection and application. On a parallel thought – As we age we sometimes forget our pets are aging as well, aging pets can’t tell you they hurt. Older pets are susceptible to manage as much or more so once again it is important to pay attention to their health and any loss of fur.
Our regular coverage of Coyote attacks: The Denver area has seen a rise in Coyote attacks against small animals, even over six-foot fences. One resident lost her Miniature Doberman Pincer, the tall six-foot fence didn’t slow the Coyote down at all. Meanwhile, another owner watched as her seventeen-year old cat was snatched right off a front porch. It can never be stressed enough our pets are viable food sources for wild animals. The sad part is that pets really don’t know the difference between friend and foe until it is too late. Dogs have been seen playing with Coyotes or at least what was assumed to be play. In the case of the older cat it may have considered the skulking Coyote just another neighborhood dog roaming through the front yard. Pet owners need to provide their pets as much oversight as is possible. In order of importance; Pet feeding bowls cleaned and kept inside at night, all bird seed removed, potential animal dens destroyed and last but not least, keep pets on a leash! Walk your pets early to mid-day, Coyotes like to feed during evening hours but never assume there isn’t a Coyote nearby!
That’s it for October Coyote Fans! Stay Tuned, there is more to come on the Coyote Cam