Protect pets from wildlife, find a 'safe zone'

Protect pets from wildlife, find a 'safe zone'
(AP Photo/Black and Orange Cat Foundation, Kristin Ramsdell)

We're surrounded by wildlife; that's one of the great things about living in the northwest. It's also a potential danger for your pets - dogs, and especially cats.  

"They're viewed as prey to coyotes, which are everywhere, cougars, and even things like raccoons."

Dr. Brad Crauer, DVM is director of veterinary services at the Seattle Humane Society.

"I think it's real important that we protect our pets. Keep them close to the house unless you are right with them. Keep them on a leash if you are out and about. Wildlife is attracted by food sources, so keep your garbage cans covered, keep any dog food and cat food in bins in your garage so you are not attracting that wildlife, those are some real important things to do to be able to get a nice safe buffer zone between your pet and the wildlife that's out there."

That's why Dr. Crauer says it's always best to feed your pet indoors.

If you see something like a coyote, you should make lots of noise. Generally, they're more scared of you, than you are of them.