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Old 01-29-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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I am considering moving to the San Antonio area from PA. Ideally, I'm thinking somewhere on the outskirts of the city, in an area with a more rural or small town feel and find a property with a couple of acres. I have three small pups ranging from 10-20lbs. My main concern is whether my pups will be safe in the San Antonio area. Can anyone offer insight as to the dangers or scorpions, rattlesnakes, etc... The likelihood of encountering them and whether its feasible to keep them away from my yard and my pups?
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:56 PM
 
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Snakes, Coyotes & Heartworm control are all a consideration.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: New England
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there is a very good chance they will be made into fajitas.

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I am considering moving to the San Antonio area from PA. Ideally, I'm thinking somewhere on the outskirts of the city, in an area with a more rural or small town feel and find a property with a couple of acres. I have three small pups ranging from 10-20lbs. My main concern is whether my pups will be safe in the San Antonio area. Can anyone offer insight as to the dangers or scorpions, rattlesnakes, etc... The likelihood of encountering them and whether its feasible to keep them away from my yard and my pups?
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:10 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Lol fajitas, that's just wrong!

Seriously, if you plan on keeping your pups inside or if you have a fenced area, you should be pretty good to go.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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There are hundreds of thousands of pet owners in SA. Scorpions are no worse than bee stings. Rattlesnakes are around but avoid you just as much as you avoid them. They've got the same chance of being hit by a car.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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there is a very good chance they will be made into fajitas.
yeah... that's helpful. thanks for replying to what is obviously a serious question with douche-baggery.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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blakesq, that's just too dang funny!

Honestly, they'll be safe if you keep them in your fenced yard. Let them run around loose and you may have a problem.

I've actually witnessed a dog kidnapping although I didn't realize that was what was going on at the time, my neighbor had someone visiting and the vistor's dog got loose from their yard. I saw two women on the side of the road with the dog just a block away, but thought they were just letting it out to go to the bathroom. Turned out they were snagging it. Unfortunately, I did not get a license plate although I could describe the vehicle and one of its occupants; but the police pretty much shrugged and said unless the people who got the dog called the number on the tag, there was no chance of finding it. Big surprise, they never called. Most likely the dog was sold on the side of the road somewhere on the other side of town...I felt bad about the entire ordeal, but honestly who would have suspected it?

The bottom line is be a responsible pet owner and chances are everything will be fine. We have two terriers and they've had no problems...

Cheers! M2
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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If your acquire a significant amount of land, you may want to have an inner fenced area for a yard. If they are small and not used to large spaces, they will most likely be happier and more secure with that type of arrangement.

Also, there are several places in the area that you can talk to that offer "snake school" for dogs. I'm completely serious here. My neighbor rescued a dog and took him out to the ranch a lot. His dog got to go to snake school! They train them how to be aware of snakes and how to respond. I really don't know the details about what they do.

Your dogs should adjust fine. Scorpions should not be a problem at all.
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:55 PM
 
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As a dog owner, I had the same fears when I moved to SA.

I agree we Blakesq, you have more of a chance of your dog being made into fajitas or kolaches depending how far outside of SA you go. Just joking...

My dog has not encountered a rattlesnake or scorpion just yet.

But a word of warning though she has encountered her first tick and that was walking about in an area that has more deer than you will ever see, and these spiny seeds that get trapped in her paws when she is out in our backyard. We have to pluck them out now and again.

All the best...
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:48 PM
 
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I would agree with the previous posters. Scorpions in this area are much like bees. The danger is not significant unless an alergic reaction occurs.

Snake school is a great idea as you get away from the center of town. snake schools will start up here right about the time that the temperature starts staying up. so in the next month or so. I have seen a few ways that it is done. They often take a rattlesnake and de-fang it. Then they use a major negative consequence to tell the dog to leave it alone. The last one I witnessed used a cattle prod. They reached in and touched the dog right as the snake made a strike at it. The dog had absolutely no interest in snakes after that thinking that the shock came from it. I have actually seen the dog come across snakes since and he jumps far away from them to give them all the room they want. He then stands off and barks at them till the owner deals with it.

As for coyotes, that is just something you have to be mindful of. They are known to take small unattended animals. All I can say is do not leave them out at night and make sure any area you are going to leave them in unattended is solidly fenced with a high fence and that digging under is not an option. You are more likely to have the dog stolen than eaten however.

You also forgot that there are reports of mountain lions moving back into the countryside around here.

I would personally recommend a full enclosed dog run if you are going to leave small dogs outside unattended. They are sold all over the place.
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