FALL PET SAFETY TIPS
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: With
kids going back to school, we sometimes overlook potential danger their
supplies maybe for our pets. Some can be toxic, others may pose a risk of
gastrointestinal upset, or blockages.
ALLERGIES: The cooler weather can bring out
allergies, most common are ragweed, mold, along with dust. Some signs to look
for are scratching, biting and chewing, sneezing, and hives or rashes.
temperatures can cause joints to become inflamed. If your pet starts limping,
and having trouble moving, or starts to cry out when moving they may be showing
signs of arthritis. Speak to you vet about medication that may help.
COMPOSTING: Your compost pile may be good for the
environment, but can be toxic to pets.
The organic material that is decomposing can contain Mycotoxins which
can cause hyperthermia, excessive panting, or seizures.
RAT/MICE POISON: When temperatures turn cooler
rats/mice come looking for warmer places to be. The rodenticides we use can be
fatal to beloved pets. So make sure they are put where pets are Not going to be able to reach them.
SHEDDING: Remember indoor pets do not get warm
under coats that outdoor pets get, and cannot be outside for long periods of
time. If you are planning to be outdoors with your pet you may want to purchase
a doggy coat for your furry friend.
HEATING DEVICES: Outdoor
fire pits, and indoor fireplaces can be a danger for beloved pets. Please make
sure they are blocked off to prevent pets from getting into trouble. Also electric
heaters are dangerous as pets may try to rub up against them and get burned, or
they may try to chew on the cords and get shocked. Please make sure you turn
them off, and unplug them when not in use.
on taking a trail walk through the woods, remember fall starts the hunting
season. Make sure you keep your dog is leashed at all times during the walk,
and stay on marked trails.
POTPOURRI/OILS: We use both to help our homes smell
good during the fall/winter months. Both can be dangerous for our pets- the
oils used to scent potpourri can be toxic especially to cats (causing liver
damage). Some examples are Peppermint oil, Lavender oil, Tea Tree oil, Cinnamon
Bark oil, And Wintergreen oil.
SAFETY GEAR FOR PETS:
Darkness comes on quicker
in the fall and winter months- having reflective collars/leashes on walks can
help keep you and your beloved pet more visible (they even make pet vests).
FLEAS/TICKS/ MOSQUITOES: Those little pests can make homes in
leaf piles and live out the colder months. So continue to use flea and tick
medication year round to protect pets, and your home from infestations. Also
mosquitoes can make their way into our homes, so make sure to keep up on your
pets Heartworm medication (year round).
PLANTS: Some plants and flower bulbs can be
toxic to pets. Here are some plants and bulbs to be cautious around. Death cap
mushrooms, Autumn Crocus, Chrysanthemum, Tulip/Hyacinth/Daffodil bulbs.
WATCH OUT FOR
WILDLIFE: With cooler weather remember snakes, rodents, and even
bugs are looking for warmer places to stay. Which increases the
possibility of bites to unlucky pets who happen upon them. To keep out any unwanted company check and close
off any opening along your foundation.
TOUCHDOWN/FOOTBALL SEASON: Who does not like
cheering for your favorite team? Just make sure
your furry family member does not pull a
quarterback sneak, and grab food off the table. Ingesting people food can be deadly for pets. Watch
drinks also Caffeine/Alcohol/Artificial sweetener can cause major health problems. Loud cheering by
you or a guest may also be stressful for pets, you may want to keep them in a different room
while watching the game.