Squirrel Appreciation Day

Did you know that January 22 is Squirrel Appreciation Day? While you probably don’t have a pet squirrel, if you have a dog or cat, there’s a good chance that your furry pal spends quite a bit of time watching these little guys. . . and perhaps chasing them. Here, a Coon Rapids, MN vet discusses squirrels.

Squirrel Watch
Does your dog have a yard to run around in? If so, that’s great! One of your pet’s duties as a watchdog is running after tiny trespassers. (At least, that’s what Fido thinks.) Just make sure your pooch has other ways to entertain himself outside, aside from chasing squirrels. Offer your canine buddy fun toys to play with.

The Chase
Fido almost can’t help trying to chase squirrels. It’s probably safe to say that thousands—if not millions—of pooches have hauled on their leashes, trying to reach their tiny little adversaries. This can be quite a dangerous habit, especially with bigger dogs! To teach your pup not to pull on the leash, immediately turn around every time he does it. As you can probably guess, training can get a bit tiresome, but with patience and consistency, your furry friend will soon get the hint.

Fluffy’s hunting prowess was a valued skill in the old days, and was in fact a big part of the reason that we initially domesticated cats. However, unless you have a farm, you probably won’t be quite that appreciative of the ‘gifts’ your kitty may leave on your doorstep. If your cat is a hunter, put a bell on her collar to warn her potential prey. This will help protect fragile wildlife populations.

Does your feline buddy make funny noises when she sees a squirrel or a bird outside her window? No one is quite sure why cats do this, but it seems to be Fluffy’s response to seeing small animals that she would consider prey in the wild. Offer your furball a comfy window seat, and perhaps a catnip squirrel.

Parasite Control
Just like other wild animals, squirrels can harbor fleas and ticks. These parasites can transmit dangerous viruses to your pet. They can also transfer other parasites. Keep up with your furry companion’s vaccinations and parasite control products.

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