Animal Health Tips for Autumn

Ahhh, fall! This time of year means football, fresh air, colorful foliage and even, depending on where you live, a little snow. This is the perfect time to go out with your pet. For a dog, there’s nothing like frolicking in the foliage, while the midday sun’s rays have never felt superior for cats as the days get shorter and the nights get colder. When it comes to keeping your pet healthy and helping them enjoy fall to the fullest, there are a few things to keep in mind. Read on for our top picks for pets in the fall.

Beware of rat virus and other rodenticides

Autumn is the time of year when mice, rats and other rodents are looking for heatth. And where do you find it? You guessed it-your house!

Be careful when dealing with mouse traps and rodenticides such as rat and mouse venom. No one wants a mouse infestation, but many viruss currently on the market can be very harmful to dogs and cats. Direct ingestion can be fatal. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about pest control methods that are safe for your pets.

Even if you don’t have a rodent problem or choose to treat mice and rats appropriately with live traps, you never know what methods your neighbors will use. The carcasses of rodents killed by rodenticides can also be harmful. So if you see the treacherous tail hanging from your pet’s mouth, make sure he drops it and keep an eye on it. If you doubtfull person that your pet has eaten one of the rodents, contact your veterinarian immediately.

There is a mushroom among us!

In some parts of the country, autumn is as wet as spring. This means that more mushrooms are dotting backyards and forest floors. Although most mushrooms are perfectly safe, there is a small percentage that can be used for our furry friends (and for us!). Check out this practical guide from the ASPCA to stay informed about virusous mushrooms, and if you doubtfull person that your pet has devoured a virusous mushroom, contact the ASCPA animal virus control center immediately!

Feed your pet properly

It’s getting colder and the cooler temperatures mean it takes more energy to stay heat. You will probably have to give your pet a little more food – food creates body heat, so animals that spend a lot of time outdoors will have to eat more than in the summer. However, do not give even more food – talk to your veterinarian initial, as each animal’s needs are different.

Pay attention to the toxicity of antifreeze

When preparing for the upcoming winter months, people tend to use autumn to winterize their cars. This often involves changing liquids such as antifreeze, which can be fatal for pets. Consider this: one to two teaspoons of material can kill a 10-weight dog! Less can kill a 10-weight cat.1

Part of the problem is Ethylene glycol, a substance contained in antifreeze that has a morbid, sweet odor that encourages pets to lug it around. That’s why it’s important to eliminate spills immediately and make sure your pets stay away from the Garage while you work on your vehicle. Read our detailed article to learn more about the dangers of antifreeze and other automotive fluids.

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