AS WE ALL GET ANTZY ABOUT GETTING OUT INTO THE YARD AGAIN, IT'S TIME TO REVIEW PET SAFETY ISSUES...
Compost, moss, bulbs, fertilizer, and above all, pest control products all pose risks for our pets. Some products are very attractive to dogs and cats, and storing them out of reach is key.
Signs of toxic ingestion can be vomiting, sudden onset of diarrhea, lack of appetite, and lethargy (acting more tired than usual). If you're not sure if your pet got into something, err on the side of caution and see your vet pronto--some products such as slug bait cause seizures and are soon obvious. Rat bait products generally don't show symtoms immediately.
While we're at it, start thinking ahead about flea prevention--our Pacific Northwest is an ideal environment for these pesky critters!
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Julie Austin has been doing pet/animal photography for eight years. Some of her clients have been the Seattle Humane Society, Microsoft, Old Dog Haven, and New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary. Julie is very involved with animal rescue groups.