5 Fall Health Tips for Dogs and Cats
Summer nights are behind us, but fallen leaves are making an entrance! The start of a new season means that your pet will have to adjust to new weather and new potentially harmful surroundings. In order to prevent that, we recommend that you keep these five health tips for dogs and cats top of mind.
#1: Increase Exercise Habits
If the heat of the summer kept you from taking your pet to the park or on a walk, fall is the best time to get them outside again! In between the high temperatures of summer and the cold chills of winter, you will want to make sure your pet gets enough exercise. Start off slow to prevent injury, and work up their endurance with long walks. The benefits of exercise include a stronger heart, lower blood pressure, more energy and denser bones.
#2: Keep Back-to-School Supplies Out of Reach
It’s the time of the year where crayons are left out and glue is left open for your furry one to get into! Here is a list of school supplies that you will want to keep in backpacks for the health of your pet: erasers, glue sticks, markers, pencils, pens, paperclips, and more. Eating non-food items like this could cause intestinal blockage.
#3: Remove Poisonous Mushrooms
The fall season can be extremely rainy and with that comes the opportunity for fungus to grow in your backyard. Make sure to keep a close eye on your own yard, and remove mushrooms as soon as you see them. If you take your pet on walks, make sure they steer clear of areas with mushrooms. Symptoms of mushroom poisoning can range from mild vomiting and diarrhea to severe digestive problems to complete liver failure. If you fear your pet has eaten a poisonous mushroom, visit your veterinarian immediately and remember to take a sample of the mushroom with you.
#4: Beware of Anti-Rodent Products
Mice and rats find their way to warmer surroundings as soon as the weather starts to cool down. They are likely to be found in your garage or even within your home. You will need to make sure that any rodenticides you use are safe for your animal to be around. Most rodenticides are extremely poisonous to cats and dogs alike. Alternatives to the use of chemicals for the health of your pet are traditional traps, bait stations or the catch and release method.
#5: Don’t Share Your Treats!
Believe it or not, Halloween is right around the corner, and grocery stores have already started selling bags of candy! Most pet owners know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but so are sugar-free sweeteners and raisins. A lot of ingredients found in treats can harm your pets as well as their wrappers. Keep candy bags and bowls completely out of reach to prevent sickness.
It is important to be aware of the health of your pet as the seasons change. Just like humans, they have to adjust to a new season, and it can lead to sickness in a variety of ways. In the case that your pet gets into any of these items or others that cause harm, please contact us right away.