Fall is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and sensory times of year, tempting pet parents outdoors with crunchy leaves, sparkling dew drops, and an array of brightly colored leaves. As the heat of summer melts away and the chill of winter approaches, fall is the bridge between extremes, and a fantastic time of year to enjoy the natural world with your pup. However, would you be surprised to know that pet hazards actually increase during fall, or that there are numerous risks that you need to be on the lookout for each time you leave home with your dog?
Here are three hazards that pose a risk to your pet's health:
As temperatures begin to drop with the arrival of fall, mice and rats will seek shelter indoors. Nobody wants these uninvited guests, so the use of traps, poisons, and bait increases dramatically at this time of year – as does the risk to your pets. Rat and mouse poison is extremely toxic to pets, so be sure to keep it well out of reach of curious dogs and cats, and only lay it in areas that your pets don't frequent.
We may not have had that first frost yet, but you can be sure that it's on the way. Engine coolants, such as antifreeze, are poisonous to dogs. Always store your engine coolants well out of reach of sniffling noses, or turn to less toxic brands that use propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
3. Wicked wildlife
Fall is a prime time for the appearance of mushrooms, and for snakes heading into hibernation. Get to know the types of snakes that may frequent your neighborhood in case you're ever greeted by a slippery customer, and always keep your pet away from mushrooms – regardless of whether they’re known to be harmful or not.
With winter on the way, it’s essential to be prepared for the new hazards that are emerging, and to safeguard your pets as best you can. Pet safety is a matter that we should all regard with seriousness, and a topic that is definitely best shared with those we know and love.
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