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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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 and flower bulbs can be toxic to pets. Here are some plants and bulbs to
be cautious around. Death cap mushrooms, Autumn Crocus, Chrysanthemum,