Autumn Safety Tips for Pets

 

The temperatures have cooled off, the days are noticeably shorter, and the leaves have begun to turn colors; it’s autumn! And finally you can enjoy some time outside with your pet without feeling like a baked potato. However, along with the change of season, there is a new set of safety precautions to take for your pet.

>> The use of pest traps and rodenticides increase in the fall as rodents seek shelter from the cooling outdoor temperatures. Most rodenticides are poisonous to household pets (and children) and should be placed in areas that pets cannot access.

>> If you live in a part of the country that has a lot of venomous snakes, make sure the area your pet will be in is free of snake dens.

>> While it may seem obvious, even large dogs with heavy coats need extra food and water when the temperature declines. This is especially true if your pet spends most of its time outdoors.

>> Harvest mites and fleas run rampant in the fall, therefore it’s important to protect your pet from tall vegetation and wooded areas. If necessary, use flea and tick repellant on your pet. While fleas and mites are rarely deadly, they do cause uncomfortable itching and blisters.

>> Jack o’ lanterns, decorative gourds, and squash aren’t poisonous for dogs, but if consumed in large amounts, they may cause an upset stomach.

>> Bees, hornets, and wasps are also potential dangers to pets during the autumn. As flowers die, these insects search for new sources of sustenance, including garbage bins and composts, and build nests underneath piles of leaves. As a precaution, keep your yard as free of fallen leaves as possible. Insect stings usually are not fatal for pets, but will cause discomfort.