Coyote attacks on the rise

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SAN DIEGO -- Coyote attacks in San Diego County are on the rise, and veterinarians think it may be because of the October heat wave.

Coyotes, which are always a problem in neighborhoods near canyons and open space, are coming into populated areas earlier in the morning and later at night looking for water. When they come across small dogs, the meeting can be fatal for pets.

Dr. Trevor Garb at Pet Emergency and Specialty in La Mesa said he has been busier than usual lately.

“We’re seeing a couple attacks every day, which is really abnormal for this time of year,” he said.

Fortunately there are some easy steps that pet owners can take do to keep their animals safe from coyote attacks.

  1. Don’t let your dog out alone from dusk till dawn.
  2. Lock the dog door at night.
  3. Leave coyotes alone.
  4. A tall fence may not be enough.
  5. Don’t think your larger dog is going to protect your smaller dog

For more information, check out the Pet Emergency and Specialty website.

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