Autumn Safety Tips for your Pet!

There is nothing like the crisp days of Autumn. The humidity gives way to cooler days and most people relish the time they can spend outdoors. However, keep in mind the following safety tips from the ASPCA as we enter the fall season:

Cold Weather Poisons

According to the ASPCA, the use of various poisons increase during the fall as rodents begin to look for shelter from the cold. Many times, mice and other pests try to enter homes, garages, and sheds. Make sure all poisonous materials are kept out of reach from all pets.  Rodenticides, mouse, and rat poisons come in many different materials so it is important to remain educated about the harmful effects when using these products.

Engine Coolant

Engine coolant, or ethylene glycol-based coolants are highly toxic. Pets often become sick when they drink coolant that has been spilled in the process. Even a small amount of coolant is dangerous for pets. Although switching to propylene glycol coolant is a good idea, it still contains toxins. If possible, take your vehicle to a local garage for this service.

Kids School Supplies

Your pets are attracted to school supplies such as glue sticks, scented markers, and pencils. This is especially true with puppies. Keep all supplies off the floor to avoid unhappy kids and sick animals.

Wildlife

Depending on where you live, it may mean snakes, owls, vultures, coyotes, or hawks. Make sure to keep small pets indoors and watch them while they are outside. This is especially true of cats and small animals that weigh less than 10 lbs. It is always a good idea to take a metal or wood walking stick when walking your dog so that you can protect yourself and your pet if attacked.

Mushrooms

Fall is mushroom season and many types grow wild. Visit the ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants page at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants for more information for dogs, cats, and horses.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control for videos and additional information.

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