It’s the time of year when early morning fog lingers, sunshine eventually breaks through and warms the day, leaves begin to fall and the days become shorter and shorter. At Totally Tails Pet Care, we value the safety of your pets and have put together some helpful tips to keep your pet warm and safe as the temperature drops and we head into the fall/winter season.
1) Rain, Rain and more rain, hmmm, we do live in the Pacific Northwest! Autumn is just as wet as springtime here, which means there are lots of opportunities for fungus to grow. Keep an eye out for mushrooms growing in your backyard and don’t let your pets eat them. If you suspect your pet may have ingested anything, call the Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435 (a fee may apply) or your local vet.
2) Leaves, leaves and more leaves – Fleas and ticks love hiding under fallen leaves. Be sure to rake up leaves and dispose of them properly as well as treating areas indoor to keep your pets pest-free.
3) Rodents and Racoons – The weather turns brisk and furry critters start looking for warmth. They may scurry into your garage, attic, or crawlspace. Best not to use poisons when trying to control them as pets may ingest the poison as well. A better alternative would be to use live traps.
4) Antifreeze and chemicals – Most people will typically winterize their cars when the colder winter months roll in. Ethylene glycol, found in antifreeze, is a deadly ingredient and smells sweet to pets. Keep pets away from spillage sites and storage areas of antifreeze and other chemicals.
5) I love an ugly sweater! But sometimes dressing our pets in sweaters for warmth, we need to use caution as it’s not always the safest option. If your pet spends time outdoors, pets can be frostbitten if their fur gets wet in freezing temperatures. Wet clothing left on a pet can aggravate the situation. Be sure to remove the clothing, dry your pet and replace with a dry garment. I promise, your pet will be grateful.
6) Tis the season to indulge in lots of food and treats. Company arrives and celebrations focus around family and food. Guests may spill food or slip Fido an under the table treat or snack which may be poisonous or too rich for them. We’ll be posting a detailed do not give your pet list of foods at a later date but in the meantime, our short list includes: chocolate, alcohol, avocado, grapes, onions, yeast dough and apple seeds.