The Dangers Posed To Pets By Foxes
There is a lot of debate on whether foxes need to be controlled because they pose a danger to domestic pets. Animals such as cats and dogs, which will defend themselves if attacked and fight back, whilst caged and small animals living outdoors are considered to be the ones most at risk.
Dogs are generally not in danger from foxes, although there is a risk that very small dogs or puppies may be attacked because of their small stature. Cats have defensive behaviour in their nature, so foxes tend to leave them alone.
The biggest threat foxes pose to cats and dogs is the transmission of fleas and ticks, which cause a big problem for your pets. Foxes can spread parasites and worms also, so if you feel that your pet has come into contact with a fox it is best to have them treated immediately.
Small pets, like rabbits and guinea pigs, act as prey for a fox. All small animals need to be securely house so foxes cannot get access to them. Denying a fox food or shelter around your home will prevent foxes coming too close to your property. You can even use a fox repellent around your home, but it is best to seek the advice of a pest control expert before doing so, as it may put your pets at risk.
There are many natural deterrents for foxes, that are humane and safe for your pets too. Although a fox may not present an immediate danger to you or your pets, you do not want them close to you. There is the potential for the aforementioned diseases, and also they create a lot of mess around your home. While there isn’t much to fear from a fox, always approach them with caution and if a fox enters your home (which is rare but it does happen) then call us for pest control immediately. They have been known to be aggressive if frightened or cornered.