Fall is in the air! Leaves on the ground, the kids back to school. An oasis of fall foliage and changes everywhere we look! However, there should be some changes for your pets as well. Some adjustments to the fall weather need to be made for your pets! They need to be prepped for any seasonal change just as we humans. Dependent upon where you live there may be minor or major weather changes as well! Hot and humid weather will be replaced by the cool and comforting fall season.
Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and sound this fall season:
• With the kids back to school most families have stocked up on their needed school items. Glue, markers, scissors and erasers. In a way these everyday items are not considered toxic or unsafe as we send our kids out the door to school with them, however keep in mind that our pets don’t really know that a glue stick is not a “chew” stick so make sure your little ones don’t leave their supplies out where your pets can easily get to them. They can pose a choking hazard as well possible blockage in their tummies!
• The arrival of fall means a dip in the temps in most regions of the United States. Rodents get cold too, so this is the time when folks lay out traps and rodent-icides. Please, keep an eye on your pets when they are outside. This will help avoid unintentional harm by curiosity. The ingestion of these poisons is very dangerous to your pet and a tango with a mouse trap can be pretty painful.
• If you have been avoiding the outdoors during those final dog days of summer, please brush up on your training tips with your dog. They may need a refresher, most especially when it comes to the “Come” command. Getting outdoors and catching that crisp fall air may distract them which can lead to danger.
• Steer clear of mushrooms! They are very toxic to our four legged friends. Most are pretty safe however there is a few that do fall into the toxic range and you don’t want to take that chance!
• Be on the lookout for snakes. As snakes prepare for hibernation, they can be a little more on the aggressive side! Know the area in which you live and be prepared. There’s no time like the present for snake avoidance training!