Prep Your Best Friends for Your Autumn Adventures
There’s a bit of a chill in the air. The leaves are starting to turn from green to shades of red and gold. And our furry best friends can't resist frolicking in the fallen foliage. As temperatures change and nature transforms, it's important to ensure the safety and comfort of your four-legged companions. Check out our list of autumn pet safety tips to keep tails wagging and whiskers twitching during the changing season.
Dress for Success
Just like us, pets can get chilly as the temperatures start to dip. Depending on your pet's breed and size, they may need some extra protection from the cold. Consider investing in cozy sweaters or jackets for your furry friend, especially during early morning or evening walks. Not only will they look adorable, but it will also help them stay warm and toasty.
Beware of Seasonal Allergies
Autumn can bring about seasonal allergies for both humans and pets. Keep an eye out for signs like excessive scratching, sneezing, or runny eyes. If you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies, consult your veterinarian for guidance and potential treatment options.
Mind the Leaves
Those piles of fallen leaves may look inviting, but they can harbor hidden dangers. Sharp sticks, rocks, or even small critters could be lurking beneath the leafy layers. Keep a watchful eye on your pet during playtime and ensure they don't ingest any leaves, as some can be toxic.
As the days grow shorter, it's crucial to maintain good visibility during evening walks. Invest in reflective gear for both you and your pet, such as collars, leashes, or even a stylish pet-sized jacket with reflective accents. Headlamps or blinking lights can also help keep you safe on your evening or early morning walks. This ensures that passing motorists can spot both you and your best friend easily.
Keep Halloween Safe and Spook-tacular
Halloween can be a spooky delight, but it's important to pet-proof your celebrations. Keep candy, especially chocolate and items containing xylitol, out of reach. Avoid lighting real candles inside pumpkins, as curious pets can knock them over. And if your pet isn't a fan of costumes, don't force them into an uncomfortable outfit.
Prepare for Stormy Weather
Autumn often brings unpredictable weather, including thunderstorms. Many pets are sensitive to thunder, lightning, and other dramatic shifts in weather. Create a safe space for your furry friend during storms. If your pet is struggling during storms or other extreme weather, consult your vet for advice.
Make Sure ID Tags and Microchips are Up to Date
With doors and windows opening and closing more frequently, there's a higher risk of pets escaping. Ensure your pet's identification tags and microchip are up to date with your current contact information. This helps increase the chances of a safe return if your pet gets lost.
Beware of Mushrooms
While you and your pet enjoy your outdoor fall outings, watch out for mushrooms. While they might look fascinating, it's important to recognize that not all mushrooms are safe for your four-legged companions. To help keep your pets safe make sure to always supervise them during outdoor activities and keep them away from areas where mushrooms are commonly found. Make sure to also monitor them as they sniff around during walks to prevent them from ingesting a potentially harmful mushroom. If you suspect your pet has ingested a mushroom, contact your veterinarian for assistance. You can also view the Poisonous Plants page on ASPA.org for more information.
Quick Action Saves Lives
If you believe that your animal is ill or may have ingested a toxic substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.
If your pet needs care, call your primary veterinarian if they are available or call DoveLewis at 503-228-7281 for help if you see any signs of pet distress including sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. We have veterinary technicians available 24/7 to help.