In the past week our clinic has treated four pets for deer attacks, so we thought it was important to remind pet owners to be aware and keep control of pets when these animals are around.
Mother deer are fiercely protective of their fawns and these attacks are no joke: we see many dogs with serious injuries including severe lacerations, fractured ribs, deep punctures, bruising and internal bleeding.
If you find a fawn, don’t bother it or pick it up—does will stash their babies while they’re off feeding, but will not abandon offspring. Make sure you and your dog steer clear and move away from the area to avoid a confrontation with a defensive mom.
Staying on trails and keeping your dog leashed when in deer habitat will minimize the possibility of an attack and keep both pets and wildlife safer!