Fall and Your Pets: How to Keep Your Pet Safe as the Seasons Change
As a pet owner, you are constantly on the lookout for ways to make sure your pets are safe and sound, as they are a part of your family. What many pet parents don’t realize is that the autumn season of the year can be just as dangerous to your canine or feline pal as the sweltering heat of summer. From Halloween candy in the fall to holiday food in the winter, there are many fall dangers out there to be aware of. Luckily, there are ways to keep your pets safe as the seasons change, and you should know all of them.
Keep on with the Flea and Tick Prevention
Many pet owners who live in the Moxie Pest Control coverage area, for example, make the mistake of stopping pest control visits for tick prevention. They also stop keeping an eye on their pets for any signs of fleas and ticks. This is because, as the temperature in the area starts to drop, they think the fleas and ticks die out for the winter, not to return until the spring of the year. In reality, the fall is prime tick season. Those same ticks carry diseases that can not only make your pet sick but your family as well.
Brush Out Those Coats of Summer
As the fall is ushered in by falling leaves and bonfires, your pets will start to shed. A lot. Everywhere. You can help your pet get rid of that summer coat by brushing him daily, and it’ll be much easier on your floors and furniture as well. If you’re unable or don’t have the time to brush your pet daily, there are professional groomers who will be glad to take care of the task for you.
Watch the Holiday Foods
Halloween happens in the fall and shortly after that is Thanksgiving–all times of the year when candy and food are more than plentiful. However, as you probably already know as a pet parent, candy and many other foods are not meant for cats and dogs to eat. The main foods to avoid are anything chocolate, raisins, onions, garlic, and pitted fruits, among many others. Don’t fear, however, there are plenty of healthy foods, such as cranberries, turkey, and sweet potatoes that grace the holiday table, that your pooch can have a taste of and still be fine.
Schedule a Vet Appointment
The autumn season is the perfect time to schedule an appointment for your pet’s latest checkup. While these checkups should be scheduled regularly throughout every season of the year, it’s particularly important in the fall, as winter isn’t far behind.
As the weather cools, the need to put antifreeze in your vehicle becomes a necessity. Unfortunately, antifreeze has a sweet taste that dogs especially are drawn to, and it is responsible for killing thousands of animals on a yearly basis. The way to combat this is to keep your antifreeze as far out of reach as possible and to make sure that you look for small, dark puddles when walking your dog or before you let them out to play.
These are a few of the top tips out there to help you keep your furry friends safe as the seasons start to change. Remember, it’s just as important to be vigilant about the health of your pets with everything from food to ticks and fleas, in the fall of the year, as it is in the summer season. Schedule an appointment with your vet to ensure your pet is healthy enough to start the fall and winter season, and then follow these tips from there.