Autumn, with its vibrant leaves and cooler temperatures, is a season of change that ushers in new routines for both humans and pets. However, it also brings with it potential hazards for our furry friends. Here are some essential pet safety tips to keep in mind during the autumn season to ensure the well-being of your pets.
Fallen Leaves and Foliage
Though a pile of leaves may seem like the perfect playground for your pet, it can also be a hiding place for harmful objects or small animals. Moreover, rotting leaves can grow mold, which if ingested, can lead to health issues in pets . Quick tip: Keep your yard clean of fallen leaves and sticks.
Halloween is a time of fun and frights, but not for our pets. Chocolate, especially dark or baking chocolate, can prove toxic for pets, causing problems from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures and heart problems . Always make sure to keep your Halloween treats out of your pet's reach.
Decorations such as lit jack-o-lanterns can be a burn hazard. Also, fake cobwebs or plastic decorations can become choking hazards or cause intestinal blockages if chewed on or swallowed . It's best to keep decorations out of your pet's reach and supervise them around any that are new to them.
Fleas and Ticks
Contrary to popular belief, fleas and ticks can be more active during the autumn months. Regularly inspect your pet for these parasites and use preventative treatments if necessary .
Mushrooms can pop up everywhere during the autumn, and while many are completely harmless, some are incredibly toxic. Since it can be hard to differentiate, best keep your pet away from all mushrooms .
Antifreeze is a deadly pet poison, and it's unfortunately more common in the autumn months as people prepare their cars for winter. Ensure any spills are cleaned up promptly, and any bottles are securely stored out of pets' reach .
Autumn plants like chrysanthemums, autumn crocus, and others are toxic to pets. Take note of the plants in and around your home and make sure they are safe for your pets .
Daylight Saving Time
The end of daylight saving time can confuse pets, who are creatures of habit. Ease your pet into the new schedule by gradually shifting meal times, walks, and other activities .
The autumn season can be a wonderful time to enjoy with your pets, but it's important to keep these safety tips in mind. As always, if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, contact your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.
Remember, a safe pet is a happy pet! Enjoy the beauty of the season with peace of mind.