It’s that time of the year when the leaves start to change color and hunting season begins. Some readers may be surprised to learn that hunting is permitted in parts of Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Dupont State Forest. Thankfully, most hunters are responsible, and hunting isn’t allowed in densely populated areas.
Taking the right precautions during hunting season will allow you and your pooch to still enjoy the great outdoors! In western North Carolina, hunting season usually begins in mid-September.
Hunting Season and Your Pets
In western North Carolina, hunting season usually begins in mid-September (September 9th this year) and ends in May (May 12th this year). A good rule of thumb is to assume hunters will be out between September and January through May. Here are some tips to keep you and your dog safe this hunting season.
- Wear bright colors! Orange is the default safety color for hunters, but any bright color will keep you spotted. Many pet stores and outdoor retailers carry brightly colored vests for your dogs or you can use an orange bandana to keep them safe.
- Don’t let your dogs off their leashes, especially if they are prone to chasing prey.
- If there are hunters in the area, make sure they can hear you and your dog. You can buy bells to attach to your dog’s collar.
Are Your Pets’ Vaccinations Up-To-Date?
Another thing to consider is making sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccines and fully protected from whatever Mother Nature throws at them. Leptospirosis is a bacterium that can live in water sources contaminated by urine from infected wildlife. It attacks the dog’s liver and kidneys and can be spread to humans via direct contact with urine. The best way to prevent your pet from contracting this serious disease is by vaccinating them.
At Avery Creek Pet Hospital, we would be glad to talk to you about your pets’ current risks and about having them vaccinated. For wellness check-ups, vaccinations, and other veterinary needs, contact us, or visit our website for more information.