Autumn Pet Safety

pup in leaves

Ah, autumn! This time of the year brings beautiful, changing leaves, cool, crisp weather, ghouls and goblins, pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns… and a whole host of safety concerns for your pets. As you enjoy this beautiful and festive season, keep your pets happy and safe with these important tips and reminders.

Antifreeze: During these cooler months, many car owners fill up on antifreeze, which is highly toxic to pets. The sweet aroma of this poison is irresistibly attractive to pets and it only takes a very small amount to have fatal consequences. Be sure that antifreeze containers are tightly sealed are stored far from your pet’s reach. If you spill any antifreeze, clean it up immediately and completely and always have an animal poison control number stored in your phone and displayed somewhere in your home at all times, as well, just in case.

Mushrooms: Fall and spring are the heights of mushroom season and while most species of fungi are harmless to curious pets who may try to sneak a bite, some are highly toxic and even fatal. Remove mushrooms from your yard and be sure to closely monitor Fido on walks to make sure he doesn’t ingest any mushrooms. Call animal poison control immediately if you think your pet may have eaten a mushroom.

Rodenticides: Rodenticides present another highly toxic threat to pets, especially during this time of year. As rodents move into homes to find warmth during cold months, skip the rodenticides for a pet-friendly alternative or consider adopting a cat or two — they make great companions and serve as excellent rodent-control!

Decorations: While you’re busy turning your home into a fantastic fall wonderland or a spooky haunted house, always keep your pets and their safety in mind. Keep objects that they could chew on or that could pose a choking hazard far from their reach. Jack-o-Lanterns should be kept away from curious pets who may be inclined to investigate further. If your decorating plans include bringing plants into your home, remember that many varieties of plants are toxic to pets.

Parties & Gatherings: During parties and get-togethers this season (and in every season!), it’s perfectly okay to let your pets join in the fun, just make sure to take a few extra measures to keep them safe. Ensure that they’re wearing ID at all times and keep doors, gates, and any other means of escape closed at all times. Keep food and decorations out of their way and be sure to relay your safety concerns to all of your guests, as well.

Halloween night: If you’re hosting a party, make sure to follow the guidelines above, but with the addition of Trick-or-Treating thrown into the mix, be sure to keep your pets on a leash, crated or confined to a separate room while you are loading up the kids’ treat bags to keep Fido from getting too spooked or excited and making a run for it out the door. Also, be sure to keep any candy that you receive out of his reach, especially chocolate and gum!

Halloween costumes: If you’re planning on dressing up your pet, make sure to keep their safety just as important as the wow factor. Be sure that costumes fit properly and aren’t too tight on them or inhibit their ability to walk or move properly. Keep costume components away from their mouths and eyes and make sure they’re supervised at all times while wearing their costume. Immediately remove the costume if they begin to chew at its parts or if they seem overly stressed or bothered because of it.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year, everyone, and keep those pets safe!

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