Owners of young animals are highly aware of the experiences they provide for the new life in their care – and for good reason. The sensitive period of development (up to 3 months for a puppy and 2 months for a kitten) is crucial to long term perception/acceptance of various stimuli, such as people, places, noises, smells, and more. Without a proper introduction or positive encounter, you may risk the development of an irrational fear or pet anxiety.
Often, however, pets are adopted long after the sensitive period, leaving pet owners with questions and frustrations about how to soothe an anxious or fearful animal.
Mice, rats, voles, and other rodents are notorious for finding their way into our homes, yards, and garages. Cracks or holes in our existing structures make the perfect entrances for these critters and chances are good that if you’ve seen one rodent on your property, there are plenty more where that came from.
There’s no doubt that rodents can cause considerable property damage. Besides digging holes, chewing wires, and causing other structural damage, rodents can contaminate human food and water, and spread pathogens and parasites.
Many people turn to rodenticides to control these pests, but if you are a pet owner you may be putting your dog or cat at risk. To put it bluntly, pets and rat poison simply don’t mix.