Fall Safety Tips
Please follow these guidelines to protect your companion animal during the Fall season.


People tend to use rodenticides more in the colder months as rats and mice start to seek shelter from the chilly temperatures. These poisons are extremely toxic to pets. If you plan to use any this fall, try and keep them out of reach of your pooch or pussycat. 


Kids often look forward to back-to-school shopping more than they do going back to school. Although they may seem harmless, glue sticks, pencils and markers can cause serious problems if they are ingested. Be sure to keep these items far from your pet's curious reach. 


Just like you, pets need a little bit of recovery time before they jump back into exercising. If your dog took a break from an active schedule due to the summer's sweltering heat, be sure to ease back into fall activities. 


Although 99 percent of mushrooms are fine, 1 percent are highly toxic and can cause life-threatening problems in your dog if they are ingested. Fall and spring are ideal seasons for mushroom growth. Keep an eye out for them and keep them far from your pet's mouth while on a walk. If an accident happens, be sure to contact your veterinarian.


Food generates body heat, so when pets exercise heavily outdoors, they should be given more food during colder seasons. 


Snakes tend to be a little bad-tempered when they are prepping for hibernation, thus increasing the possibility of bites. Before you take your dog on a walk, educate yourself on the kinds of venomous snakes that are in your area. Try to reroute your walk so that you both can stay away from any danger.


When fall rolls around, people tend to change their car's engine coolant. When doing so, it can be a bit messy, but pet owners should know that ethylene glycol-based coolants are very poisonous and should be cleaned up immediately. If you do plan on changing your coolant, keep your dog inside and away from the car. 



Top Ten Safety Halloween Tips for Pet Parents

Attention, companion animal caretakers! The ASPCA would like to call your attention to these common-sense cautions that’ll help keep your pets safe and stress-free this time of year. 

  1. Please don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween. There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, and even killed pets on this night. 
  2. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. (P.S. It’s also our duty to remind you here that kitties are healthiest and happiest when they live inside ALL year round!) 
  3. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Sammy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
  4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames. 
  5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress. 
  6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on. 
  7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not obstruct her vision in any way. Even the sweetest animals can get snappy when they can't see. 
  8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. 
  9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside. 
  10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and become lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you. 


This is a re-print from the ASPCA.

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