Seasonal Pet Hazards: Autumn

Now that the hot, humid, sticky days of summer have dissipated, you and your pet are probably ready to relax in the cooler weather. Remember that autumn brings its own set of pet hazards! Beware of the following dangers as discussed by your Holt veterinarian.

Insecticides and Rodenticides

As the weather chills, insects and small rodents are looking to get indoors in search of warmth. To combat the problem, many homeowners use insecticides and rodenticides to keep the pests at bay. Don’t forget that these substances are poisonous to our companion animals as well. Make sure you’re placing these chemicals in areas where your pet can’t reach, or consider pet-safe alternatives. Ask your vet for further advice.

Snakes and Other Outdoor Critters

Snakes are about to go into hibernation for the winter, so they’re extra irritable this time of year. If your pet is exploring and accidentally disturbs a snake, the chances of a bite are greatly increased. Ask your vet about the types of snakes that may reside where you live. Also remember that other critters like raccoons and opossums may be active this time of year, so take steps to have your pet avoid them.

Wild Mushrooms

Wild mushrooms experience peak growth in the spring and fall seasons. While the vast majority aren’t toxic, a small percentage of mushrooms are in fact very dangerous and could cause serious health problems in a pet that ingests them. It’s safest to keep your cat or dog away from all mushrooms that grow in your yard. Call your vet immediately if you witness or suspect your pet has eaten one.

Engine Coolants

Many car owners change their engine coolant in the fall, just before the harsher winter months. Did you know that antifreeze is highly toxic to pets? It contains ethylene glycol, an alcohol that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and worse. Plus, it has a sweet taste that might even attract pets. Always keep your pet indoors when using antifreeze, and clean up any spills promptly.

Colder Temperatures

Of course, it’s starting to get colder in the fall. If your pet spends time outdoors, especially in the evenings or early mornings, he might get quite cold! Remember to keep your pet warm as the autumn season continues.

Ask your Holt veterinary professional for more great fall-season safety tips.

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