Sadly, it’s a regular occurrence around my neighborhood. Each week, a new “lost pet” sign gets posted and almost every time it’s either a cat or a small dog. Fifi is missing, Snickerdoodle didn’t come home last night. So what’s going on? Coyotes most likely.
We have tons of coyotes around our house. One even likes to hang out on Lola’s dog bed on the driveway from time to time. For the most part, they are harmless and they keep the rat and snake population in check. But for those that let their small pets roam wild or even briefly off leash, it’s not uncommon that these become coyote targets.
So what can be done to help protect your pet other than keeping them locked up inside all day? Enter the CoyoteVest — body armor for your small pet.
The CoyoteVest is made from stab-resistant Kevlar that can withstand sharp canine teeth and uses sharp spikes to protect the areas that are usually targeted during an attack — the back and the neck. The vest also comes with a full set of removable chrome spikes. The spikes are made from very hard plastic and they’re not dangerous to handle, but with enough pressure they’re sharp enough to hurt. All the different spikes provide an important line of defense but Velcro makes them easy to remove whenever you want.
Despite turning your little pup into a badass, the purpose of the vest is to help slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs. While nothing can protect your dog completely, the CoyoteVest offers multiple levels of protection. The unusual appearance makes your dog look strange in the eyes of a predator and may cause them to hesitate before attacking.
The CoyoteVest comes in a large variety of sizes so you could even get one for a bigger dog. The company also makes spikey collars for bigger dogs and even vests for cats.
Even with no fear of coyote attacks, many pet owners are using the body armor vests to prevent attacks from other dogs. Not sure if I would be comfortable with that one as what happens if the other dog gets really hurt just trying to play with your dog?
Anyway, if you need a way to protect your small dog or cat from coyote attacks, the CoyoteVest retails for $100 and is available from the company website.