Fall Pet Safety Tips
There are plenty of fall hazards that can pop up and cause your pet (and you) trouble this time of year. Here’s what to look out for so you can keep your pet safe!
Protection from the Elements
The weather gets blustery this time of year, and it’s only going to get worse. If your pet has a short or fine coat, invest in a sturdy, functional jacket they can wear for walks or any other time they’re outdoors. Damp, cold days can be harsh for even the thickest fur coats, however, so be sure to bring your pet inside after they’ve done their business.
If your pet prefers the outdoors, make sure they have a sturdy, dry shelter built a few inches off the ground and filled with straw and clean, dry bedding for warmth. Keep their food and water fresh and check in on them frequently.
Parasites Are Always Lurking
Because common parasites like fleas and ticks merely go dormant in cold weather, it’s important to keep your pet current on their flea and tick prevention. As long as the temperature stays above freezing, these pests will still be hanging around. If you need to refill your pet’s preventive supply, just let us know!
Update Your Pet’s Identification
It’s fun to play with your pet outside when you don’t have to worry about sun and heat risks. However, millions of pets still manage to run off and go missing every year, so make sure that your pet has a secure harness and/or collar with updated ID tags and a microchip for extra insurance. A microchip is a permanent form of identification that makes it easier for shelters, animal hospitals, and other pet facilities to trace lost animals back to their families.
Beware of Fungi
Fall can bring its fair share of rain, and the damp ground is the perfect place for mushrooms and other fungi to set up real estate. Many wild mushrooms are toxic for animals, so make sure to check around your property for these hidden hazards and remove them right away. If you think your pet may have eaten a mushroom, you have several options as to who you can contact:
- Pet Poison Helpline – (855) 764-7661
- Animal Poison Control – (888) 426-4435
- Garden State Veterinary Specialists – (732) 922-0011
You are also more than welcome to call us if you have any questions!