Fall brings relief from the summer heat. It also marks the re-introduction of pumpkin spice lattes. It paints the landscape with the changes in the color of the foliage. However, pet parents need to understand the unique dangers this season holds. If you want your pet safe, here are some tips to follow.
Make sure you protect your pets against fleas and ticks. These pests thrive during the fall. After exploring the outdoors, ensure you check your pet thoroughly. Ticks and fleas are hard to spot. If you are not careful, they will transmit diseases to your pet.
When you are outside, avoid the tall grass. It can harbor snakes that are more active during this season. Get to know the venomous snakes in your area; it will help you act quickly in case of an accident.
Fall is the season for fungi. They will pop up on the forest floor and in your yard. Most are safe to eat, but others are highly toxic to your pet. Make sure that you keep your pet on a leash or harness it when it is outside. It is better not to take a risk. If it is necessary to let them off the leash, keep them close. If your pet accidentally eats one, contact your vet or the poison control center immediately.
Some holiday treats like chocolates are extremely toxic to dogs. Sugar-free gum is also toxic to pets. It means you will have to keep the Halloween candy hidden away from the reach of pets. Even as you prepare your meals, remember that some fruits and vegetables are not good for pets. Raw bread dough can also be life-threatening to them.
Winter is hibernation season for some wildlife. They are busy preparing for their snooze during autumn. If you are out with your pet and you find yourself close to these animals, keep your distance. Make sure to keep your dog on a leash until the snow falls.
During the summer, you may have kept your pet’s hair short. It helps them feel cool. Fall is a relief from the heat of summer. However, the temperatures can dip down and be too cold for some pets.
Most breeds like greyhounds and chihuahuas can withstand cooler temperatures. However, some are not able to. It is important to help them transition slowly. If they can grow out their coat, let them do so. Otherwise, put out a blanket for them if necessary. It will help them until their winter coat comes in.
Make sure they do not stay out for long periods, especially in the early mornings or late evenings. These are the coldest times of the day. The most at-risk animals are senior pets, puppies, and smaller animals.
For more information on how to take care of your pets this fall, visit Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic at our office in Roselle, New Jersey. You can also call (908) 245-7853 to book an appointment today.