Helpful Pet Tips for the Fall Season


#1. Watch out for ticks in fall

Just because fall is here doesn’t mean that ticks aren’t still lurking. Many species of ticks are active even into the winter and can survive the first frost.

Get rid of tick hangouts such as leaf and garden litter, where ticks can sometimes survive even into winter.

Check your pets for ticks whenever they have been outside

Continue using tick control and repellent products, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

#2. Beware rat poison and other rodenticides

Fall is the time of year when mice, rats, and other rodents begin to invade the home. Be careful when it comes to mouse traps and rodenticides like rat and mouse poison. Unfortunately many poisons that are currently on the market can be very harmful to dogs and cats. Direct ingestion can be deadly.  Talk to your veterinarian about methods of pest control that are safe for your pets.

Even if you don’t have a rodent problem or choose to deal with mice and rats humanely using live traps, you never know what methods your neighbors are using. The carcasses of rodents that have been killed by rodenticides can also be dangerous, so if you see the telltale tail dangling from your pet’s mouth, make sure he drops it and keep an eye on him, and if you think your pet has eaten any of the rodent, contact your veterinarian immediately.

#3. Mushroom Madness

In some areas of the country Fall is prime season for mushrooms. While most  are perfectly safe, there’s a small percentage that are highly toxic to both pets and people. Check your backyard for mushrooms and remove any questionable fungi. If you think your pet has gobbled up a toxic mushroom, contact the ASCPA Animal Poison Control Center immediately!


#4. Up the Feedings

Cold weather means more energy is needed to stay warm, check with your veterinarian to see if your pup may need more food in the winter.

#5. Watch out for antifreeze toxicity

In preparing for the winter months ahead, people tend to use fall to winterize their cars. This often involves changing fluids such as antifreeze, which can be deadly for pets.

The ethylene glycol in antifreeze that has a sickly-sweet smell that is appetizing to pets. That’s why it’s important to clean up spills immediately and make sure your pets steer clear of the garage while you’re working on your vehicle.


#6. Beware chocolate and hearty foods

Halloween and Thanksgiving are prime fall holidays that can pose food threats for dogs. It is important to make sure your pets don’t get into any foods that can make them sick; for dogs, this means chocolate, grapes, and raisins are off limits because they are toxic.

Just because some foods aren’t technically considered toxic to pets doesn’t mean they’re safe. Rich, high-fat foods can cause stomach problems such as diarrhea and gastroenteritis and even more serious conditions like pancreatitis. Also, think about small food items that can be choking hazards, like turkey bones around Thanksgiving.  Talk to your veterinarian to make sure you know what’s safe and what’s not.

The good news is there are plenty of good fall foods like pumpkin which is a happy and healthy treat for your pet.


#7. Be careful with decorations

It seems almost everyone likes to decorate for fall and winter holidays. While this festive time looks great these decorations can pose a threat to our pets. Loose wires can electrocute, not to mention the toxic substances and choking hazards that are abound. Keep your pet away from outdoor displays ensuring they have a decoration free space to roam.


Watch Out for These Easter-Time Pet Hazards

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Cat Owners: Beware the Easter Lily!

Beautiful, seasonal Easter lilies (and related plants in the lily family) are highly toxic to cats, and we mean all parts of the plant — petals, leaves, stem; even the pollen. Cats that ingest even a small amount of the plant material can suffer acute kidney failure. The first signs seen are vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, may progress to kidney (renal) failure and death.

Fake Easter Grass

Be sure that your pet doesn’t get hold of any Easter tinsel or the the fake plastic grass we so love using to adorn our Easter baskets. Any time your dog or cat ingests something stringy like this, it can get wrapped or anchored around the base of the tongue or stomach and become unable to be passed. This can cause serious intestinal damage and may ultimately require expensive abdominal surgery. With this in mind, also keep an eye out for the cooking twine that often holds cuts of meat together!

The Perennial Favorite: Chocolate

Most dog owners know by now that chocolate is toxic to dogs. Easter is a day when chocolate abounds, and a day when children may leave their sweets unattended. Chocolate-related calls to the Pet Poison Hotline spike by nearly 200 percent during Easter week, so keep those chocolate eggs and bunnies in check.

Eggs, Real or Plastic

Discarded plastic eggshells tend to get trod on and broken, and the shards can wreak havoc on your pet’s paws, mouth and intestinal tract. Hardboiled eggs, too, can cause digestive issues for dogs. If you’re having an egg hunt, keep a written record of where you hide all the eggs, and make sure you collect any missed stragglers before you head in for dinner.

Ham & Pork

Pork roast and ham both have a high amount of fat, and your pet can develop serious stomach upset from eating fatty foods — especially small and obese pets. The extremely high salt content in ham, particularly, is another worry — most hams have enough salt to lead to neurological problems if your pet eats a large enough quantity.


Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in many modern candies, gums, baked goods and products that include flavorings. Xylitol can be extremely toxic to dogs as well as ferrets, so keep up the vigilance!


Thanksgiving Dinner


It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together, give thanks to one another and to eat delicious food. You know how excited your pup gets with all that food around, right? Imagine this; while sitting around the dinner table, your family pet comes putting their face on your lap, giving you the puppy dog eyes for a piece of your delicious meal. Unable to resist, you decide that it’s okay to feed it anything off the table. STOP!

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