The leaves are changing, the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are starting to drop… there is no doubt that fall is setting in. Every season presents some new challenges when it comes to taking care of our pets and fall is no different. Get yourself and your pet ready to enjoy this colorful time of year with these fall pet safety tips.
Be prepared for cooler weather
It doesn’t have to be mid-winter for the temperatures to plummet, there have been plenty of fall seasons that have been much colder than we are used to. It is just as important to keep pets warm in the cooler climate as it is to keep them cool in summer. Get started by letting their coat grow back to full thickness and don’t leave them outside for prolonged periods of time, especially if the weather is changeable.
Stay up to date with their preventative care
Many inexperienced owners think that the end of the summer also means the end of tick season, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. Ticks can be found across the country all year round, hanging on trees, plants and leaves to attached to your passing pet. This means that while playing in fallen leaves is great fun for your furbaby, it is also an easy way for them to pick up a tick. Keep your pet’s parasite preventatives up to date throughout the year for the best protection against harmful diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease.
Be mindful of chemicals
Us humans prepare for new seasons in a variety of ways. You may be anticipating the cold weather and topping up the antifreeze on your car to keep it running smoothly through the winter. Or you may be cleaning your pool ready to cover it up for the colder months. If you are doing anything that involves chemicals, be sure to keep them locked well away and clear up any spillages immediately. Chemical ingestion is a key cause of pet poisoning and could put your pet or other animals, including wildlife, in the neighborhood at risk.
Think twice about holiday treats
Halloween and the fall season usually mean some extra tasty treats – particularly candies and other sweet snacks. Unfortunately, many of the fall foods that we find delicious are actually harmful to animals and, since our pets don’t have the ability to distinguish these from others, it’s crucial that we keep any hazardous or poisonous foods out of their reach. Chocolate, cooked bones, raw bread dough, candies, gum and more can all make our animals very sick so keep them well away from your furry pal.
Decorations can be deadly
Decorating the house for Halloween is great fun, but not all decorations are suitable or safe for our inquisitive pets, who may view them as fun new toys to play with rather than a potential danger. Small animals can become entangled in artificial spiderwebs, and creatures of any size can choke on pumpkin seeds or knock over candles that are alight, putting them and others in danger. Balloons can be popped, swallowed, and choked on, while fake blood and similar products could be poisonous.
Check their chip
Microchipping is the best way of attaching permanent identification to your pet so that they can return to you if they become lost or stolen. Halloween and other fall events can be unnerving for some animals, and if they become frightened, they may try to escape. By making sure your pet’s microchip is up to date with your current contact details, you increase the likelihood that you will be safely reunited in the event that you become separated this fall season.
For more fall pet safety tips, or for further advice on any of those we have shared here, please call Noble West Animal Hospital at (317) 218-3731 to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable veterinary team in Noblesville, IN.