The leaves on the trees will be changing color soon here in Austin. With fall right around the corner, there are some things pet owners should be aware of in order to keep their furry friends safe with the change of seasons.
Keeping your pet safe this fall doesn't have to be complicated. Pet owners can be proactive by educating themselves on common pet safety hazards for Halloween and fall months.
Besides the threat and danger that black cats might face, all pets should be kept indoors on Halloween night due to an increase in traffic in neighborhoods. Dogs should be kept on leashes to prevent being hit by vehicles.
And with all that extra candy and chocolate lying around, your companion animal just might try to sneak a piece or two... or more! Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. Learning what to do in case of accidental chocolate ingestion can really help keep your pet safe.
Candles are popular this time of year as well. We use them to illuminate our jack-o-lanterns or fill our homes with scents of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and apples. Fire is a safety hazard for cats and dogs. Use caution when lighting candles in a home with pets.
According to the ASPCA, the use of rodenticides increases during the fall months. This is because rodents like mice try to come inside of homes for shelter more often with the cooler weather. It's best not to use rat poison in your own home, but that may not stop other home owner's from using it.
There are many more safety hazards for pets that come with Autumn. Being prepared for emergencies and knowing how to prevent them from happening will help keep your pet happy and healthy this fall.
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