Autumn Pet Health
by Rhonda Baillargeon, LVT
Fall foliage, pumpkins, crisp air, and football means autumn is here. We are lucky to live in an area that has distinct seasons and the special activities that go along with them. Fall is a great time to get outside and have fun with your furry family member. From pumpkin and apple picking to hiking and celebrating holidays, fall is a busy time so be sure to watch out for these potential dangers.
Ticks do not disappear in the fall. In fact, there is often a fall hatch of new young ticks so be sure to continue using your flea and tick products and do daily tick checks of both your pet and yourself. This is especially important after that awesome fall hike!
Fall is the time of year when rodents are finding a warm nesting place and stocking up on food for the long, cold winter. If you use mouse or rat poison, be sure to place it in an area that is inaccessible to your pet. Many of the poisons used today have no antidote and can be fatal. Even if you do not use these products, you never know what the neighbors might be using so be sure to keep your fur babies under your supervision at all times. If you think your pet may have ingested a rodenticide, contact the Animal Poison Control Center immediately! (888-426-4435)
Depending upon how much rain falls, there may be a bumper crop of mushrooms. Most mushrooms are harmless but there are a few that can cause some serious problems if ingested by our pets. Try to eliminate them from your yard and watch out for them when away from home as well.
Many people do a fall tune-up to their vehicles to get ready for the cold weather that is coming. This can mean changing fluids like antifreeze. Everyone knows that antifreeze can be deadly and even the “non-toxic” varieties can cause problems. To be safe, clean up after all fluid changes and keep your pet clear of the car while you are working on it.
Fall kicks off the holiday season and that means holiday parties, decorating, and gift giving. Keep certain foods away from our pets and while sharing the goodies with them is great, remember that a little bit goes a long way. No chocolate, onions, or raisins and keep fatty foods to a minimum. Be cautious with bones and if you are not sure if they should have them or not, err on the side of caution and do not offer them to your fur baby. Keep decorations out of reach of our pets and try to offer something else to help keep them busy. Also, watch out for ribbons and gift wrap that could be very attractive to inquisitive pets.
Get outside and enjoy the fall season with your furry family member!
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