Welcome to Autumn!
Here are some tips for keeping your pet healthy this season.
As the temperature gets cooler mice, rats, and other rodents start looking for a warm place to spend the winter and end up in people’s homes. No one wants to share their home with these critters, but it’s important to keep your pets safe if you decide to use poisons or traps. All rodenticides are harmful to dogs and cats, and can be fatal if eaten. Talk to your veterinarian about the pest control methods that are safe for your pet.
Just because fall is here it doesn’t mean that ticks aren’t hiding close by. In fact, many species of ticks, including the one that carries Lyme disease, are active when temperatures hover around 4C and up – even in the dead of winter! Be tick-savy: clean up leaf and garden litter – two of their favourite places to over-winter; frequently check your pet for ticks; continue using tick control and repellent products especially if you enjoy activities such as hiking and camping. Check out this link for more info (and check out the Ticknado!)
Anti-freeze is a killer. One to two teaspoons of it can kill a 5kg dog – much less can be lethal to cats. Take care when topping up your car’s fluids and wipe up spills immediately. If you suspect your pet has ingested any, call your vet immediately or go straight to an emergency clinic.
Remember to keep human treats away from pets. Some foods that are fine for us are downright toxic to pets – grapes, onions, chocolate – others will just cause g.i. troubles such as vomiting, diarrhea, and gas. Cooked bones can splinter and get caught in your pet’s throat or even perforate their stomach or intestines! No one wants an emergency trip to the vet during Thanksgiving or Christmas, so keep garbage out of your pet’s reach and don’t be tempted to let Fluffy enjoy some of that delicious dinner.