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Squirrel Appreciation Day

Did you know that Squirrel Appreciation Day is coming up January 21? Although squirrels don’t really make great pets, there’s a good chance that your dog or cat spends a lot of time watching these furry little guys, and perhaps chasing them. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a local Newmarket, ON vet discusses squirrels.

Live Entertainment

Pets can get bored and restless with nothing to do all day, so it’s important to make sure your four-legged buddy is getting proper stimulation. Watching birds and squirrels can be great entertainment for our furry friends! Make sure that your dog or cat has access to at least one window with a good view, so they can look outside and spy on local wildlife.

Chasing

Has your canine pal ever lunged on his leash, trying to get to a squirrel? This is not uncommon behavior in dogs. Fido is a predator at heart, and has a hard time resisting chasing small animals. Make sure you have a good, sturdy leash. (Tip: changing direction when your pet pulls can help break this habit.)

Hunting

Do you let your cat go outdoors? If so, we recommend curbing your furball’s outdoor privileges. Kitties are both safer and healthier living indoors. This will also be safer for small animals, such as squirrels, which are one of our feline pals’ main targets.

Parasite Control

Just like any other wild animal, squirrels can transmit dangerous parasites, such as fleas and ticks. They can also carry viruses and bacteria. Make sure your four-legged pal is up to date on their vaccinations and parasite control products is very important! Ask your vet for recommendations.

Reasons To Appreciate Squirrels

Did you know that squirrels help trees grow? These little guys don’t retrieve every nut or seed they bury. Many of the forgotten treasures end up sprouting as new trees!

Orphaned Squirrels

If you find a baby squirrel in your yard or while walking your dog, the ideal solution is to reunite it with its mother. Put it near the tree it fell from, keep pets away, and give the mother ample time to come and get it. However, if it is injured, or if the mother doesn’t come back, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator for instructions.

Does your pet need vaccinations, an exam, or parasite control products? Contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON pet hospital, today!

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