The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ― Mahatma Gandhi
Fall Pet Health and Safety Issues to Avoid
A number of potentially poisonous substances come out of storage in the fall. They include rat and mouse poisons, antifreeze and mothballs. Mushrooms and toadstools are also likely to pop up in fall and can be deadly to pets as well. Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately if you suspect any type of poisoning. If possible, bring a sample of the suspected poison or the box it came in.
Do I need to use tick and flea products year-round for my pets?
Yes, we recommend outdoor cats and dogs have year-round flea and tick preventative. Ticks can withstand very cold temperatures. So just because it is cold outside, and snow and ice are on the ground, we should not let our guard down.
Should I feed my dog a grain-free diet?
Dogs are omnivores so grains are good for them. Grain-free diets are not advised unless medically necessary.We recommend feeding an age appropriate diet to your pet.
Fall can also bring out skin issues for your pets
Seasonal allergies can be a problem for people and pets in the fall. For example, ragweed blooms in late summer and early fall, ending with the first frost.
Signs such as licking, biting, scratching, hair loss, itchy ears and skin that is red, dry, greasy, scabby or stinky — especially on the legs, feet, face, belly or thighs.
Talk to your veterinarian to see if your dog might have seasonal allergies and learn about medications to help relieve the itch.
These are some questions we commonly hear. If you have some suggestions of questions we should include, please let us know. We would love to have feedback from our clients.