Now that it’s fall (and finally feeling a bit more seasonal!) what are some hazards that we should look out for where our pets are concerned?
Looking Out For Fido this Fall in The Heights
Dear Looking Out For Fido,
While most of us are rejoicing that summer in Houston appears to finally be over, with this change in the seasons come some new hazards for your pets to consider. As you’re planning for fall activities and preparing your home for colder weather, keep these potential pet hazards in mind to avoid a devastating vet visit this season.
‘Tis the season for candy around the house. If your pets get hold of candy and eat too much of it, they can be in for some serious harm. Not only is chocolate dangerous for dogs, but consider the wrappers that most candy comes it (and the fact that dogs don’t remove the wrappers before eating the candy). Also, some candy contains an artificial sweetener called Xylitol which can be fatal if consumed by animals.
Nothing says fall more than a hearty pile of colorful leaves in the yard, but lurking beneath those leaves could be a whole host of dangers. Snakes and venomous spiders often hide in piles of leaves, as do molds that can cause serious health problems for your pets. So, after raking those leaves, go the extra step to compost or otherwise dispose of them to keep your yard healthy for you and Fido.
With colder weather approaching, our cars might need to be topped off with antifreeze. However, antifreeze is very dangerous if ingested by humans or animals. In fact, less than a teaspoon of the stuff can prove to be fatal! So, make sure to clean up any spills in the garage this season.
As you’re cleaning out the garage and winterizing the house, be mindful about putting out rodent poisons to keep those pesky pests at bay. If a pet gets hold of the poison, it can be fatal. Additionally, if an owl or other type of predator were to eat a rat or mouse that has been poisoned, this can cause death to that animal. Look into more natural ways of controlling your rodent population instead.
Mushrooms often pop up on our yards during the fall. While the mushrooms that we buy at the grocery store are technically OK for pets to eat, some of the mushrooms that grow in our yards can be fatal if ingested. Just to be safe, rid your yard of mushrooms to avoid the temptation for Fido.
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