There’s nothing like fall! The leaves change color, the air gets a little crisper, and the jackets get a little cozier. While this season is loved by many, the onset of fall also means a few dangers for four-legged friends. Below are three fall hazards to protect your pet from:
1. Leaves: This may seem like a silly threat, but piles of leaves quickly accumulate moisture, which contributes to mold and bacteria growth. If your pet ingests some of these microorganisms, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite could be the result.
2. Less Daylight: As the days get shorter, morning and evening dog walks are often done when visibility is poor. Drivers have a harder time seeing animals (and people) during daybreak and twilight hours, so pet parents should take the proper precautions. Make sure your dog is always in your control and on a harness and a leash. It might even be a good idea to invest in a reflective leash to increase visibility.
3. Rodenticides: As the weather starts to cool down, rats and mice often seek refuge indoors for warmth. Rat poison may help rid your home of these pests, but it can also cause life threatening toxicity in dogs and cats. Some rodenticides contain Brodifacoum (which inhibits the blood clotting function), while others contain Cholecalciferol (which is known to cause kidney failure, liver failure, and death). If your pet ingests rat poison, immediately seek veterinary care.