The leaves are changing colors and cooler weather is setting in. While autumn is a beautiful time of year, it can also be a dangerous season for pets. Watch out for these three fall dangers that can harm four-legged family members:
1.) Toxic fall blooming plants: The Chrysanthemum, commonly referred to as the mum, blooms seasonally in the fall. Ingestion of the flower, leaves, or stem can trigger toxicity in both dogs and cats. Symptoms of ingestion include stumbling, drooling, skin inflammation, diarrhea, and vomiting. Meadow Saffron and Clematis are two other fall blooming plants to be weary of.
2.) Low visibility: Since there’s less daylight this time of year, it’s more likely that dog walks will take place in the dark. Be sure you pup is seen by oncoming cars by using a reflective leash.
3.) Moldy piles of leaves: Raking up leaves is synonymous with fall, but those colorful piles can quickly accumulate moisture, bacteria, and mold. Ingestion of these leaves can cause digestive upset in pets, including vomiting, diarrhea, and a decrease in appetite.