As the leaves start to change color and the temperature begins to drop, we know that fall is officially here. For many of us, that means pumpkin spice lattes, cozy fires, and watching our favorite football team on Sundays. But for our furry friends, Fall can pose some hazards that pet parents need to be aware of. Here are a few tips on how to keep your pet safe this season.
Pets and Halloween candy are a dangerous combination. According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, chocolate is the number one toxin pet parents need to be aware of during Halloween. Dogs especially are attracted to the smell and taste of chocolate, but it can be very harmful—even fatal—if ingested in large quantities. So be sure to keep your Halloween candy out of reach of your furry friends!
The Holidays can be full of tempting treats for your pet, but many common holiday foods are actually poisonous for animals. Don't let your pet eat any candy, chocolate, raisins, grapes, or nuts, and be careful with foods that contain onions or garlic. Turkey skin can also be problematic for pets, as it can cause pancreatitis. Keep all food out of reach of your animal companions, and make sure they have plenty of toys and attention, so they don't feel left out while you're busy cooking.
Another hazard to pets during the fall season is cold weather. While we can bundle up in a warm coat when the temperature starts to dip, our pets can't do the same. If you live in an area with cold winters, make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep inside your home. You may also want to invest in a doggie sweater or coat for extra protection when they go outside. Just like us, cats and dogs can get colds when they're exposed to chilly temperatures, so if you notice your pet sneezing or coughing more than usual, it's time for a trip to the vet.
Finally, autumn is peak season for ticks and fleas. These pesky critters love nothing more than to hitch a ride on our four-legged friends and make themselves at home. Not only are they annoying, but they can also transmit diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Be sure to keep up with your pet's flea and tick prevention during the fall months (and year-round!) and check them for any unwanted visitors after they've been outside playing.
Need your preventatives this Holiday season? Bring your pet into My Pets Wellness for their wellness exam so we can make sure your pet is happy & healthy this holiday season. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your furry friend has a safe and happy fall season!