As fall settles in there are a lot of potential dangers to our pets, both within the house as well as during outdoor time, and even weather situations can impact our animals. This time of year many people start to do pre-winter cleaning which could mean winterizing your cars or houses, bringing outside plants in from the cold, and more. Each of these things adds to toxicities our pets can get in to so it's extra important to make sure that these things are kept far out of the reach of our curious animals. Chemicals such as cleaning agents, antifreeze, and others should always be put away immediately after use and stored properly. Not all plans are pet-friendly, and even those that are may have inadvertently been exposed to toxins while outside, so any time you bring plants back in to the home you should make sure they are far out of reach of paws. If you aren't sure whether a plant is toxic to pets, make sure you check in to it by visiting or contacting a store or searching for information online.
Even regular outside outings can become dangerous to pets in the fall as there seems to always be a lot more debris strewn about than usual. Sharp sticks, leaf-covered rocks, standing water from rains, and similar things can pose dangers so keep a close eye on your pets even while you are just outside on your daily walks. Never allow pets to drink from puddles, streams, or other outside water sources as you simply don't know what things have gotten mixed in to them and there are many health issues that can come from ingesting unwanted crud.
Stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more tips and tricks all throughout the month, and check out our calendar for upcoming seminars, classes, community events, and online chats! Stay safe and enjoy the fall... it can be a very fun time for pets, and doesn't have to be scary for owners!