I’m sure you’re all enjoying the crisp Autumn air and pleasant weather; a much needed break from the sticky Summer heat. While this can be a fun time to spend outdoors with your dog, there are still some things to keep in mind this season. From household products to outdoor poisons, there are still safety concerns to consider. Below are Autumn safety tips to keep your pets happy and healthy this season.
As the weather cools down the use of rodenticides increases due to rodents trying to move indoors to keep warm. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets and can be fatal if ingested. If you must use this product take extreme precaution and place them in areas your pets cannot reach.
KEEP SCHOOL SUPPLIES OUT OF REACH
Autumn is back-to-school season, so if you have kids you’re sure to have stocked up on everything from magic markers to colored pencils to glue sticks. While these products are only low toxicity to pets, it’s best to keep these things out of their reach. Ingesting any of these products can cause gastrointestinal issues in pets.
MUSHROOMS & FOLIAGE
Mushrooms grow during the Fall and Spring, and while most mushrooms have little to no toxicity, there are a few that are highly toxic and can be fatal if ingested by pets. Since it can be difficult to tell toxic mushrooms from non-toxic mushrooms it’s best to steer clear of areas where mushrooms are growing. Contact your veterinarian if you see your dog eating wild mushrooms, or contact ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435.
Certain plants and flowers can also cause health issues, while most are mild reactions, it’s best to avoid situations like that and discourage your pets from ingesting them.
TICKS & FLEAS
Ticks and fleas aren’t just a problem in the summer. Animals outdoor time is limited during the cooler months, leaving ticks with fewer victims and more desperate to find a new host. Preventative medication is the best way to keep your pets flea and tick free. Before planning your next outing check that your pet is up-to-date with their heartworm medication, or consult your vet if you aren’t sure. Flea collars are another good way to keep your dog healthy.
Accidents are bound to happen, but being prepared can help you react to the situation better and could potentially save your pet’s life. We hope these Autumn safety tips serve you well, now get out there and play!