If you have ever watched as a leaf danced teasingly out of your cat’s paws or a squirrel chattered abuses at your tail-wagging pup on the ground below, then you already know that autumn is a thrilling season for pets. But, as the world makes its creaky transition from summer to winter, new seasonal dangers will arise. Keep your pet plunging into meticulously-raked leaf piles for years to come with these safety tips from Hartz!
1. Hartz warns pet owners that, although outdoor pets will naturally grow thicker coats, indoor animals will have inadequate pelts for chilly weather. Cute sweaters make for added insulation—and a greater “aww” factor—when you venture out to admire the leaves together.
2. Arthritis is another serious consequence of cold weather, especially in older pets. Watch carefully: movement accompanied by whining, limping, or a slower pace could all be indicators of arthritis. Monitoring your pets for these signs could make the difference between a miserable winter and a cozy one.
3. Many pets seem to think that the more poisonous the object, the tastier it looks. In the case of dogs, mushrooms probably look like imported chocolates springing out of the grass. All mushrooms are highly toxic to dogs, at worst causing “complete liver failure.” Hartz deems “parasol-shaped” and “small brown mushrooms” among the worst. Always be sure to restrict your dog to areas clear of these dangerous “delicacies.”
4. Antifreeze is making its way back into vehicles—and into pet’s stomachs. Hartz informs us that “more than 10,000 dogs and cats” every year fall victim to antifreeze poisoning due to its sugary flavor. Stash your antifreeze where curious mouths will not find it and be mindful of any spills in the driveway or garage.
5. Dropping temperatures drive vermin indoors, and, let’s face it, some cats and dogs just were not meant to be mousers. Rat poison is a more dependable pest control technique—but potentially harmful for pets too.
As the threat of fleas and mosquitoes vanishes with the warm weather, it’s time to adapt to the changing seasons and be on the alert for new dangers. Keeping your pet safe will make for an enjoyable autumn—and perhaps fewer trips to the vet!