As Autumn leaves start to fall, and our pets become frisky, we can prepare to go into the season informed and aware of risks to our pets.
Check this list to be sure you and your pet have a beautiful and happy Fall season.
This is the time of year when people check, refill, and change antifreeze in cars, trucks, and tractors. Antifreeze has a sweet taste, and less than a teaspoon is lethal to a cat. For a dog the lethal dose is just a little more. Other animals and wildlife are also at risk. Be aware of spills and clean up immediately. Keep containers tightly closed and out of reach of children and pets. Dispose of any fluid responsibly.
If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, call or visit your veterinarian immediately. Symptoms include a drunken staggering movement, weakness, seizures, vomiting and sometimes increased thirst. Severe damage to the nervous system and kidneys are the results, but quick action can often save your pet.
When the frost is on the pumpkins, the hunters return to the woods and fields. Wearing bright colors and staying in open safe areas are your first steps to avoiding harm. Pets should be kept on a leash or contained in fenced areas if not supervised. Kitties may benefit greatly by staying home for extra snuggles.
As Autumn progresses, darkness comes earlier. Children who were best friends of their pets are coming and going to school. Your child's pet may go looking to find his person or follow them from home. This could result in injury or becoming lost. Paying close attention to your family friend is truly showing the Love you return to them.
Poor visibility becomes much more common for drivers as daylight and weather changes take effect. Pets are likely to become involved in accidents with vehicles and are much more difficult to find if they wander in the dark. Pets who are not spayed or neutered will wander farther and more frequently in Autumn putting them at high risk for accidents, poisoning,and becoming lost. Please spay and nueter your pets!
As the weather becomes colder rodents move to warmer places. This includes homes, garages, and outbuildings. Many people put out poisons to eliminate mice and rats. This is a real danger for cats and dogs, as well as wildlife like owls and hawks. Mice who ingest these poisons are mobile and usually seeking water. If they are captured by another predator ( your pet) the poison then becomes the predator's doom as well. Using live traps and letting neighbors know the dangers can help keep your pet safe. If you suspect your pet has eaten a rodent keep a close eye on them. Call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has eaten the poison itself.
MUSHROOMS, GRAPES, AND HOUSE PLANTS
Autumn is the time that mushrooms thrive. There are many species. Most are poisonous, and some are lethal in minute amounts. Steer your pet clear of these and use disposable gloves to remove them. Dispose of them where children and pets cannot get to them.
Grapevines spell trouble for your dog. Ingesting only a few grapes can cause severe damage. Make note of vines, (wild or cultivated) and keep your dog at a distance.
Many of us bring our house plants in when the Autumn arrives. You may be surprised at how many of them are toxic. Research at ASPCA toxic plant list for the full story on your plants and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
Autumn heralds' times of celebration and the decorations that make them memorable. Consider the safety of pets when you are planning. Natural and safe decorations are the crowning achievement for your creativity!
Candles can be a special occasion for undivided attention to safety. Safe placement can be a challenge when you have children and pets. Flameless candles add a dramatic touch and are worry free.
Pets need to monitored for fleas and ticks well into the Fall and should be protected from the discomfort and potential diseases they carry. Your pet may also need diet changes to accommodate the need for more calories for warmth or less for those who celebrate cooler temperatures by snuggling into a cushy blanket for a long winters nap. Frequent checks on water sources to make sure they are clean and unfrozen will be something your pet will love you for.
Wishing you an Autumn full of Joy for you and your Family and Furbabies