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Top 10 cat and dog attackers

Jul 30, 2009 - 21 comments
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VPI, the insurance company, recently released the top 10 list of wild animals which most frequently attacked and injured companion pets in 2008.  Bites led to over 500 laceration/bite wound claims.

And the culprits are...

1. Snake
2. Coyote
3. Raccoon
4. Squirrel
5. Scorpion
6. Javelina
7. Porcupine
8. Ground hog
9. Skunk
10. Rat

Not sure what a javelina is? It's the same as a peccary, which of course is a "wild pig with a rudimentary tail and small tusks, native to the southwestern United States (Arizona)."

There are many other dangers out there.  I wonder, what other "animal dangers" are there is your area?

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
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by peekawho, Jul 31, 2009
Our dogs have all been bitten by copperheads when we lived in North Carolina.    None became seriously ill, although antibiotics and antihistamines were required for all.  

Don't underestimate the small rodents (squirrels and rats).   I have seen numerous cases in our ER of some pretty serious damage these guys can do.   Seeing squirrels at #4 is not at all surprising to me!!

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by Tammy2009, Jul 31, 2009
Never would expect squirrels to be on there .... they are so small and cute.  Plus living in Alberta, don't have to worry about rats since we are rat free ;)



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by jadagreen, Aug 01, 2009
Coyote. Attacks are infrequent but we'd never let a small animal outside without being there to keep any eye on it

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by Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVSBlank, Aug 01, 2009
Jadagreen,

You're absolutely right. Coyotes are a threat in many areas of the US.

I will address this specific topic in an upcoming newsletter.

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
www.DrPhilZeltzman.com

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by April2, Aug 02, 2009
We have mountains here and therefore, mountain lions. For people who live up against the mountains, they are warned to not let their dogs go outside, especially at night, alone; to go with them, especially small dogs. We had a chihuahua eaten by a mountain lion not long ago because the dog sitter just let them dog go out in the back yard without going with the dog. So, if you live in or near the mountains, stay near your pets!!!

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by Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVSBlank, Aug 02, 2009
What a sad story!

I am so sorry April...

But good advise...

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
www.DrPhilZeltzman.com

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by April2, Aug 02, 2009
Sorry, I should have clarified. I meant we had here in our city a chihuahua eaten by a mountain lion. It wasn't our dog. But you're right. I was horrified to hear that. Being in Colorado, though, we do have mountain lions and bears so we do have to be careful, without being paranoid, of course. Just cautious.

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by swampcritter, Aug 02, 2009
Swampy is pretty familiar with squirrels -- he raised six of them and has spent many hours observing their behavior...and would be very surprised if they ever attacked a pet unprovoked.


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by Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVSBlank, Aug 02, 2009
Who's Swampy?

6 squirrels???

:-)

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
www.DrPhilZeltzman.com

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by abrownga, Aug 02, 2009
Funny you should mention squirrels. My dog Abby (chow/retreiver), is constantly harassed by two squirrels that like to live in our trees. She's not a small dog, and these squirrels are not afraid of her what-so-ever. When she is inside they like to park their butts on the outside of the window in the windowsill and taunt her. It started as something funny to watch now it's just annoying. Abby takes it in great stride though, she loves little animals and doesn't mind letting our sugar baby glider curl up and sleep on her neck, its very adorable.

We do have problems with coyotes, living on a ranch we have seen the damage that they can do to horses and cows out in the pasture which are much bigger animals then our household pets. They are a pack animal, so if you see one, there is bound to be one or more close by that you may not see. They like to hunt in paires, so be ware. Much love, protect those special pets!

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by PrettyKitty1, Aug 03, 2009
How about spiders? The ones that really kill. What are they called? Black widows or Tarantulas? My cats are inside all the time. There are lots of racoons in my area, and I know they tend to carry rabies, and I also know cats and racoons sometimes share meals together, at least here in Florida it is common to see that. But I'm not sure that they attack cats and dogs. They just carry diseases :-)  right?

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by PrettyKitty1, Aug 03, 2009
I know this, to me, the top attacker is man.  I know guys who shoot cats for fun :(
I do not remember what country, but they are trying to 'clean' the cities by killing stray dogs and cats. Sometimes they just leave the creature half dead on the streets. How cruel is that.

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by swampcritter, Aug 03, 2009
PrettyKitty1 - spider venom is different in toxicity between humans and cats. Sometimes a spider that is harmless to humans is not to your pet, and vice versa.

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by PrettyKitty1, Aug 03, 2009
Swampy,

See? I did not know that :-) Thanks.

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by borntolose102, Aug 03, 2009
We had a Raccoon get brave and try to attack our momma Bulldog, KayTee Gee. The Raccoon didnt do so well.  As for Javelinas they are wild hogs....we have plenty of them in Texas...

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by Haddock_Entrap_Propulasion , Aug 04, 2009
Tammy2009-  I got bitten by a squirrel one time.  Those teeth are designed to go through acorn shells, and they can get through a fingernail just as easily.  6 months later the random bits of whatever got stuck in the bite have only just finished working their way out.  Don't underestimate them just because they're small and fluffy.  

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by GoodMewsGirl, Aug 04, 2009
Rabbits too can cause damage to cats.  Of course my cat was the predator, but the little bunny fought for it's life and the claws or teeth cut open the skin above the eye.  This was in my fenced backyard BTW, my cat wasn't running loose.  I didn't know Marley was injured & in a few days it became horribly infected and he had to undergo surgery.  It was an ordeal, he had to wear the collar (which humiliated him) and have a drain in his head for about a week or so...watch those bunnies!!!

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by lmc2132, Aug 05, 2009
We have red fox and bear in our rural neighborhood, one or both of whom has attacked pet cats.  

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by FriscoGirl, Aug 05, 2009
Neighbors that hate animals.

One has shave chunks of fur off one of my dogs three times in the last year and last month sliced open a 1 inch section of her neck (difficult since she is a Sheltie with a big neck ruff.  Found the cut from all the blood dripping down her front.

Despite trespass to go into my yard to do this, police say it is not their jurisdiction since "dogs are not property".  Funny, that is not what they say when they collect the license fees.

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by Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVSBlank, Aug 05, 2009
You're right about that.

There are, however, laws against animal cruelty.  You might want to talk to your vet and your local SPCA to see what can be done.  It also may vary by State.

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
www.DrPhilZeltzman.com


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