This week’s cooler temperatures
this reminds us that fall and cooler weather are right around the corner. While
it’s the perfect time of year to get outside with your furry friend, it’s also
a time to refresh yourself on how to keep your pet safe during the season.
There are new dangers during the fall that could be hazardous to
your pet with new important safety issues to consider. Here are some tips that
Highsmith Animal Hospital recommends.
Watch Out for School Supplies
This holds true every year. However, during the COVID-19 era that
we currently find ourselves in, many kids are learning from home which means
school supplies are placed throughout the house more than ever before. While we
understand that many school items are considered low toxicity to pets, if
ingested they could cause a gastrointestinal blockage or upset stomachs. While
your children are learning from home, always make sure that they keep all
school supplies out of reach from your pet.
Keep Away from Wild Mushrooms
When it’s fall, it means mushrooms will start sprouting up more
often than any other season outside of spring. In Colorado, there are over one
hundred mushroom species that are considered poisonous. Since there are many
varieties of mushrooms throughout the state, we advise keeping your dog or cat
away from areas where any mushrooms are growing. To see a list of the most
common poisonous mushrooms seen throughout the area, follow this link.
Watch for Snakes
Fall is the time when snakes in Colorado start to prepare
themselves for winter hibernation, which could increase the chances that your
pets may experience an unprovoked bite. Keep an eye on areas throughout your
yard, and places where you walk, that could be the right environment for a
snake to take shelter. Knowing where these areas are ahead of time could help
prevent being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Early on in the season, your cat or dog will start to shed their summer
coat to allow room for their winter coat. This means you could start seeing
their hair everywhere, from your clothes, the couch, and everywhere else you
can think of. To help alleviate the amount you have to deal with, make sure you
put aside time at least once per week where you can brush your pet. Depending
on your pet’s shedding habits, you may even want to make sure they are being
brushed daily. It’s important to maintain a regular pet grooming schedule
to help ensure that your pet’s safety and health.
Bundle Your Pet Up
Once we get to the end of summer, we are ready for chilly days and
colder nights. Your pet is just as ready as you are! However, always make sure
that they have a warm place to go at night. As we all know, Colorado’s weather
can change rather quickly so always keep an eye on when a cold snap is going to
hit or if a snowstorm is heading our way. Always keep your pet inside to help
prevent her from getting wet and possibly getting frostbite or hypothermia.
With Halloween and Thanksgiving coming soon this means lots of
yummy food! Remember your pets do not process these foods the same as a human.
Even just a “little bit” can cause pancreatitis and gastroenteritis.
!! Human foods are too rich for these pets to process. These can be very
dangerous and if not treated be deadly.
Keep the candy locked up in a safe area, these pets are very smart
and creative. When the holidays start and we are running in different directions,
that’s when we see pets investigating snacks they shouldn’t.
As long as you take all the safety precautions needed, you and
your pet will enjoy the fall season and everything that comes along with it!
If your pet has ingested any and/or dangerous foods, toys ,
decorations or other items. Please call our hospital 910-799-5587 Or call the
Wilmington Animal Emergency and Trauma Hospital
910-791-7387 Located 50 Greenville Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403