I received an email from Heather Castronovo asking about the CoyoteVest. She mainly asked if the vest would protect a small dog from a big dog like a German Shepherd. Well, I think it would definitely protect against a large dog attack.
If you are regular readers, you may remember the column I did about the company (see https://bit.ly/3vkcZCU). You can find more information on the CoyoteVest at www.coyotevest.com. This vest is the creation of Paul and Pam Mott and Nicole Mellom. Their goal has been to help prevent the heartbreak like the one they suffered when losing their dog Buffy to a coyote.
It’s not cheap, costing around $134, but it’s a quality deterrent. It has two rows of spikes along the back and a collar of spikes that would slow down any predator. The side panels are reinforced with DuPont Kevlar to make the vest stab-resistant so that it can withstand sharp teeth.
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The spikes are made out of strong plastic so they are easy to handle, but with pressure applied are sharp enough to hurt. The spikes are removable and attach by Velcro strips.
The whole vest is easy to put on so your pet can be dressed before you go out for a walk. It is designed to help slow down or prevent an attack, and to give you some time to react and help your pet if it is attacked.
I love this concept and I really applaud their ingenuity in creating a vest that will protect a little dog. There are also other products in the line, such as the Hawk Shield that can attach to the vest for added protection. The Hawk Shield is also made of sturdy Kevlar that will withstand the claws of the hawk. It is attached to the CoyoteVest with Velcro and will pull away from the vest when the hawk tries to lift, leaving the pet safely on the ground.
Another item of concern
While I am revisiting things, I would like to revisit pet insurance. Like all insurance, you don’t think you need it until you need it. Pet medical costs are increasing. A great time to get pet insurance is when you get a new puppy. Many of the accidents and illnesses that occur in the first year of a pet’s life or toward the end of the pet’s life.
If you are unsure if you want to get and keep a medical plan for your pet, I recommend getting it just for the first year. If, after the first year, you have not needed the plan and don’t want to keep it you can cancel it. But keep in mind that once you cancel, if your pet becomes ill, you cannot get coverage for that illness.
One of the most common questions I get about pet insurance is “which company should I go with?” Here is a web site that can answer questions you may have about the different pet insurances: forbes.com/advisor/pet-insurance/best-pet-insurance/. They list the best pet insurance companies of 2022.