Hard to believe, but the first day of autumn was Wednesday, September 22! There’s nothing like crisp, cool air, the first months of school and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming a break from hot, sticky weather. But pet parents, beware—fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. Here are some tips to keep your pet snug and healthy during the autumn months.
- The use of rodenticides increases as rodents seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets and can cause death if ingested. If you must use these products, do so with extreme caution and put them in places inaccessible to your pets.
- Those of you with young children know that back-to-school time means stocking up on fun items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. These items are considered “low toxicity” to pets, which means they’re unlikely to cause serious problems unless large amounts are ingested. However, since gastrointestinal upset and blockages certainly are possible, be sure your children keep their school supplies out of paws’ reach.
- Fall and spring are mushroom seasons. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Unfortunately, highly toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from nontoxic ones, so the best way to keep pets from ingesting poisonous mushrooms is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms might be growing. Please immediately contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you see your pet eating a wild mushroom.
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