Summer has come to an end and fall is officially here! This change in season is an exciting time to make new memories with your furry friend. Be sure to keep in mind the change of environment for your pet and what you can do to make the transition a safe one for them.
Here are some safety tips to remember when enjoying the autumn weather!
- The fall season means that it gets darker sooner, so make sure to walk your dog during visible daylight hours. Consider reflective material in the collar or leash of your pet. Wearing bright colours or purchasing a collar with an LED light are also good ideas.
- Creeks and streams may be at higher levels than normal so be cautious at all times when out with your dog.
- Back to school season means there may be school supplies around such as crayons, markers, glue or pencils. These objects can be choking hazards for your pet. Keep backpacks off the floor, and clean up supplies once homework is done!
- Keep on the lookout for toxic mushrooms which are common during this time of year.
- Watch for ticks. Ticks live in leaf litter, so before letting your pet through the pile of leaves you’ve just raked – think twice. Check your pet regularly when they come inside as well. Talk to your veterinarian about tick prevention options.
- We do not recommend the use of rodenticides, however, their use tends to be higher in the fall, when mice start to look for somewhere warm to go for the winter. Make sure rodenticides are placed in areas not accessible to your pets. As an alternative, we recommend a holistic deterrent of vinegar and pepper mix spray.
- If you’re changing your engine coolant this fall, avoid ethylene glycol-based coolants and go for the less toxic glycol-based coolants. Glycol-based coolants could still make your pet sick if ingested so make sure to clean up any spills.
Get outside and enjoy the nature with your pets and family! The fall season is a great time for walks in the forest, cozy movie nights and celebrating holidays!
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