Summer has come to a close and it’s time to turn our thoughts to fall and the possible hazards that pose threats to our beloved pets. Here are some fall safety tips to keep in mind to keep your pet safe.
- Watch out for snakes. Fall is the time of year when snakes are prepping for hibernation and they’re a little more ill-tempered during this period. Keep your dog on the trail during fall hikes and educate yourself regarding venomous snakes in the area.
- Protect pets from mushrooms. Fall is the season for mushrooms and although most varieties are harmless, some can be deadly. To be safe, it’s best to keep pets away from all mushrooms while on walks or playing outdoors. Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, excessive drooling, and weakness are all signs of mushroom poisoning. Seek immediate veterinary care if your pet exhibits any of these symptoms.
- Consider upping your pet’s food intake. When temperatures drop, it takes more energy to stay warm when exercising outdoors. Food generates body heat, so if your pet gets a lot of activity, you may want to consider a higher daily calorie intake. Of course, discuss it with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s food allotment.
- Beware of rodenticides. When temperatures start to cool off, rodents often head indoors to find shelter, causing many people to use rodenticides to get rid of unwanted pests. Pet owners should use caution because these products are extremely dangerous to pets if ingested and can be deadly. Symptoms of rodenticide poisoning include lethargy, pale gums, vomiting, coughing, and unusual bleeding. Emergency veterinary care should be sought immediately if poisoning is suspected.
Enjoy your fall but keep these things in mind for the safety of your pet!