Fall pet safety can protect your pet from spooky things

Autumn is on the horizon, one of our favorite times of year. Cooler weather, changing leaves, apple cider, and pumpkins in the market. Chances are, your pets love it too. They may love to roll in the leaves and cozy up on the couch, and the cooler weather means they may be able to be outdoors more without the risk of overheating.

But fall has its hazards, too – like any other season – some of which you may not be aware of. Here, Old Derby Animal Hospital shares how to keep your pet healthy and safe in the season of falling leaves.

Fall Pet Safety

Fall skin allergies – the changing seasons means that certain trees and bushes are in bloom, releasing allergens into the air. Allergic reactions in pets may include itching, licking, biting, hair loss and secondary infections. If your pet has allergies, contact us for help.

Ticks – even though fall heralds cooler weather, there are generally a few warm days that cause ticks to appear. Every state in the country now has ticks every month of the year, even if they are not around daily. Year round tick prevention is important to prevent ticks and tick borne disease from affecting your pet.

Poisons – many poisons that are toxic to pets come out of storage in the fall. Store all chemicals out of reach of your pets. If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, bring them to the veterinarian immediately – it’s an emergency. Some of the most common and deadly poisons seen in the fall are:

  • Rat and mouse poison
  • Antifreeze
  • Mushrooms growing in wet areas
  • Fertilizers

Compost – compost is a wonderful way to handle kitchen waste, provided there is no meat or dairy in it. However, even proper composting methods can be hazardous if your pets decide to sample. Decaying and molding food have the potential to create mycotoxins, which are potent neurotoxins with disastrous side effects for pets. Keep your bin sealed and fenced off to ensure fall pet safety.

Inside and Out

The changing seasons means that it’s darker outside a bit earlier each day. Visibility may be an issue for evening and early morning walks, so take some precautions for fall pet safety.  A reflective or blinking collar can ensure motorists, bikers, and other dog walkers can see your dog. If hiking with your dog, consider a blaze- orange vest and collar so hunters won’t mistake him for a deer or other animal.

Inside, the season begs for new and festive decor. “Homey” touches are fun, but can pose safety hazards for your pet. Keep the following off the floor and out of pet’s reach.

  • Stringing lights
  • Decorative gourds and dried corn cobs
  • Lit candles, potpourri, and essential oils
  • Fall plants and flowers

Kids and Pets in the Fall

With back to school season, chances are your kids are bringing home something new every day. Make sure that school art projects and materials are kept out of pet’s reach, in order to prevent a possible foreign body obstruction.

Any chocolate or xylitol sweetened foods need to be safely stored as soon as they get home, as these substances are extremely toxic to dogs. Pets have been known to sneak into backpacks looking for treats there, so be aware of this area especially.

Please call to let us know if you have any questions about fall pet safety. Your pet’s health and happiness is our top priority, so let us know how we can help you support that goal.