What Are Fall Dangers for Pets?

The fall is a beautiful time of year and a favorite for many people. However, just as any season, fall can pose some dangers to your pets. So what are fall dangers for pets? We break down the top five dangers for your pets in the autumn.

Recognizing Fall Dangers for Pets

Allergies are as much an issue for pets as their humans. In the fall ragweed, pollen and mold start to become more prevalent and can lead to an increase in itching, watery eyes, and even ear infections for your beloved pet. If you notice your pet showing these signs of discomfort, contact Cimarron Animal Hospital for a visit. There are allergy medications your pet can take to relieve their allergy symptoms.

The fall is a peak time for fleas to begin to hatch and latch on to your pet. Flea bites cause sores and itchiness. Winter coats that pets develop create an ideal home for fleas which can breed quickly and produce up to 50 eggs per day. Watch for signs of fleas including itching and hair loss on your pet. Unfortunately, fleas also can affect humans so if you experience ankle bites or see fleas you may need to treat your home. To prevent fleas, be sure your pet is on a regularly scheduled flea and tick prevention medication.

Fall leaves and cooler temperatures create ideal environments for wild mushrooms, some of which can be deadly for your pet. Watch your yard regularly for pop-up mushrooms and remove them before your pet has the opportunity to get too close and curious.

Autumn ushers in the holiday season and as we begin to enjoy some of our favorite holiday dishes, keep pet food safety in mind. High-fat foods like turkey skin, dark meat, gravy, and ham can cause pancreatitis. It's best to avoid feeding human food to your pets. Instead, make or purchase pet-safe treats.

Antifreeze is necessary for our vehicles to run properly in the winter, but it's absolutely deadly to animals. Because antifreeze has a sweet taste and is tempting for pets, avoid areas where there is antifreeze runoff and be sure to properly clean up any antifreeze spills before your pet is exposed. It doesn't take much of this poison to be deadly to dogs and cats. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze take them immediately to an emergency vet.

Keeping Pets Safe

Pets can find danger anywhere, at any time of the year. Start each autumn by recognizing the fall dangers for pets, and taking the preventative steps necessary to keep your furry friends safe for the season. If you need to schedule regular checkups for your pet for flea and tick prevention, allergies, or just annual exams, contact the veterinary staff at Cimarron Animal Hospital. We'd love to help keep your pet healthy and happy!

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