Autumn Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Autumn has arrived! Your pet is probably welcoming the cooler breezes as the seasons change. Remember, though—autumn brings its own set of potential pet hazards! Here, a Troy veterinary professional discusses the most common dangers for you to be aware of.

  • Rodenticides and pesticides are used quite commonly this time of year, because small mice and other pests are infiltrating homes in order to seek warmth. Remember that these products are poisonous to our companion animals, as well as the pests they’re designed to get rid of! Place pesticides carefully where pets can’t get to them.
  • Antifreeze is another common fall-time poison. Car owners usually put antifreeze in their engines before the wintertime, but you should do so while keeping your pets inside. Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, a known pet poison. Even worse, it has a sweet taste that attracts pets!
  • Cold and flu season is approaching—don’t let your pet ingest any human medications, because many of them are harmful. Even regular aspirin can poison a pet!
  • Wild mushrooms experience peak growth in the fall and spring. Even though a very small percentage are toxic, there’s no need to risk it. Keep your pet away from any and all mushrooms that grow in your yard.
  • Snakes are a hazard in many areas during the fall, because they’re preparing to hibernate for the winter. This means they’ll be extra irritated when disturbed. Don’t let your pet explore in thick underbrush, grassy areas, or other snake hotspots.
  • As the weather chills, you might set up indoor heaters around your home to stave off the cooler air. Pets often like lounging by these devices, but make sure your furry friend doesn’t get too close. Pets can easily burn themselves on portable heaters.
  • Halloween comes around the end of this month. Trick-or-treat night is particularly hazardous: candy and chocolate are floating around all over the place, both of which are big no-no’s for pets. Plus, some pets might try to dart out the door when you open it for trick-or-treaters. Make sure your pet is secured if she’s a flight risk, and talk to your vet if she needs properly identified with a microchip or ID tags.

Ask your Troy veterinarian for more great autumn safety tips to keep your beloved pet safe.

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