Seasonal Tips for Fall
Finally, fall is arriving and bringing with it cooler weather and changing leaves that draw us all to spend more time outdoors! Yet, while the dangers of the summer heat are gone, fall too has its own set of hazards for you and your pet to avoid.
Be cautious of the following:
- Parasites – even though the weather is cooling, pests such as ticks, fleas, and heartworms are still active! In fact, ticks can still be looking for a bloodmeal with temperatures hovering just above freezing, while fleas and mosquitos (carriers of heartworms) are active with slightly higher temperatures around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In our neck of the woods, that’s practically every day, all year! Keep your pet’s parasite preventatives up to date!
- Mushrooms – these funny-looking fungi will be popping up more often with the cooler temperatures, and while many are harmless, many are very poisonous. Don’t allow your pet to nibble away at them!
- Snakebites – just as with summer, snakes do pose a threat. This time, though, they will be prepping for hibernation, so keep your pet out of tall grass, bushes, and be wary around the lake.
- Rodenticides – mice and other rodents will be looking for warmer places to weather out the cold, and one place of refuge might just be your house! If using rodenticides, make sure to keep them out of your pet’s reach or in a bait station that is pet proof, or find safer, alternative ways to deal with your rodent problem.
- Back to school blues – pets can get them too! When the kids go back to school, pets lose out on playmates as the house becomes emptier. A sudden change can be stressful for a pet, so ease them into the school season by spending time away from home in the mornings so your pet can get used to being alone.
- Halloween – this holiday presents a few tricks to keep pets from including Halloween candy which can be toxic, candles and jack-o-lanterns which should be kept out of reach, and even costume makeups that could be toxic to pets. Additionally, pet costumes can be awfully “cute,” but it’s essential that your pet is comfortable in it and that it fits properly and doesn’t present any choking hazards.
- Thanksgiving – it’s all about the food for this holiday, yet that food is meant for people, not pets! Turkey bones, garlic, onions, raisins, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol are all harmful/toxic to pets, so don’t share these with your furry family!
If you have any questions or concerns about fall pet safety tips, get in touch! We’re happy to help.