Fall Pet Safety and Care Tips

  • By Kathy McRoberts
  • 01 Nov, 2010
With the cooler months upon us, fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy some nature time with your dog. If your dog is like mine, he loves the brisk weather, the fun of leaves blowing in the wind and watching the geese fly overhead. Fall is a perfect time for many outdoor activities with your dog such as camping at a state park, or going for a hike at a local park or hiking trail. And a perfect time to get in some quality training time before the cold winter weather sets in. Here are some tips to help you and your pooch enjoy the season in safety.

Flea and Tick Prevention Fleas and ticks can be found all year long, so be sure to keep your dog up-to-date on flea and tick prevention even throughout the cooler months.

First Aid Kit Keep a pet first aid kit with you on hiking or day trips.

Identification Make sure your pet is always wearing ID, especially if she is off-leash on hikes or walks in the park.

Water Carry plenty of water on those long walks and hikes. Even in the cooler weather it is important to stay hydrated. And as the nighttime temperature drops, watch your pet's outdoor water to be sure it doesn't freeze.

Check Equipment Fall is a great time to do end-of-season safety checks on all of your dog's equipment, including leashes, collars, fences, leads and runs. Take the time now to ensure that your dog will not accidentally escape from a broken leash or fence, before the cold and snowy weather approaches.

Mushrooms While most are non-toxic, some wild mushrooms growing in the fall can be poisonous to your pet. They can cause a range of health issues from gastroenteritis to severe hallucinations and can even prove fatal. Contact your veterinarian or Poison Control immediately if your pet has ingested wild mushrooms.

Rodents During the fall, rodents are more present as they search for warmth in shelters and even in our homes. Take caution when using rodenticides around the home as these can be toxic to pets and can cause bleeding disorders that can be deadly. Consider using traps instead.

Snakes As snakes prepare to hibernate for the winter, they may be found in unusual places unexpectedly by your pet. Familiarize yourself with the various venomous snakes that inhabit your area this time of year, and where they can usually be found, and avoid those areas.

School Supplies Fall is back to school time. Take care to keep all school supplies, i.e. pens, magic markers, glue, etc., out of reach of your pets.

Antifreeze If you are preparing your vehicle for the winter months and are changing the antifreeze, take caution in disposing properly and cleaning up any spillage. Many coolant products contain a chemical called ethylene glycol that is highly toxic to your pet. Five teaspoons can kill a 10 pound dog, even less for a cat. Kidney failure and death can occur in as little as four to eight hours. Newer products that contain propylene glycol are generally considered safe. Contact your veterinarian or Poison Control immediately if you suspect your pet has consumed antifreeze.

Thanksgiving Holiday meals can pose a medical threat for your pet. Chicken and turkey boes can get stuck or can pierce holes in any portion of the digestive tract. Rich foods can cause sudden pancreatitis or bloat. Keep holiday meals, leftovers and table scraps out of reach of your pet.

Fall is a wonderful time of year for both you and your pet. Take these precautions and enjoy it safely!

Sources: blog.k9cuisine.com; canidaepetfood.blogspot.com; dogtipper.com; aspca.org; sanluisobispo.com; arkinc.org
Originally Compiled by Kathy McRoberts  on Nov. 10, 2010

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By Pets in Need 08 Jan, 2018

Education is the first step  in pet poison prevention

Pet owners should take the time to educate themselves on the various, sometimes unexpected, pet poisons in their environments. The  Pet Poison Helpline  provides an extensive list of poisonous items for pet owners to be aware of, but here are a few of the most common items seen by veterinarians:

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Outdoor Animals:

Many people believe certain dog breed, such as huskies and malamutes, are capable of living outside all of the time because of their thick coats. However, no dog breed should be consistently left unprotected outside. According to the City of Cincinnati, when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a pet owner should not leave their dog outside for longer than sixty minutes without adequate shelter. For outside dogs, owners should provide a warm, dry, draft free shelter with fresh, unfrozen water. Heated water bowls are a great option to ensure consistent access to unfrozen water. Owners should also feed their outdoor dogs more during the winter because their bodies use more energy trying to keep warm. In 2016, the City of Cincinnati passed an ordinance with further restrictions and shelter guidelines for dog tethering and weather conditions, which can be found by  clicking here

A common winter hazard that vets encounter consistently with cats is engine belt injuries. Cats will climb into cars to keep warm, and without knowing they’re there, people will start their cars and harm the cats. Before starting your car in the winter, it’s advised to give the car hood a few raps to make sure there are no cats cozied up inside.

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Pets start an estimated 1,000 fires per year. While this isn’t a huge number, it’s easily preventable. Pet owners should identify the risks in their home and make sure they’re contained from pets. Risks to consider include, open flames such as candles, space heaters, stovetops, fireplaces, and frayed wires chewed by puppies.

Even if all fire hazards are contained from pets, there’s still always a chance of a house fire. According to the   National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , there’s a home fire reported every 86 seconds in the United States. So while the hope is that you and your pets never have to face a fire, it’s important to have a plan.

In case of a fire, pet owners should hang window clings that let firefighters know there’s a pet in the home. The   ASPCA offers a free Pet Fire Safety Pack   that includes a window decal. When leaving home, pet owners should know where their pets are and keep them close to exits if possible. Pet owners should also consider investing in monitored smoke detectors that alert homeowners of a fire when they’re not home and automatically dispatch firefighters.

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Getting your dog microchipped is an easy and relatively inexpensive procedure that drastically increases the odds that your pet will find its way home if it’s ever lost. A microchip is a tiny chip that’s about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique identification number. It’s injected into a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades on their back. When scanned with an electric scanner, the chip will show the unique identification number and manufacturer of the microchip. This unique identification number will be linked to the pet owner’s contact information in the microchip manufacturer’s database.

If a stranger ever finds your dog, a shelter or veterinarian can scan your pet for a microchip. Once they have the identification number and manufacturer from the chip reading, they will call the manufacturer in search of the pet owner’s contact information.  Therefore, if a dog owner moves or changes their contact information, it’s extremely important for them to update the contact information associated with their pet’s microchip identification number.

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