Minimizing pet risks in the fall

Minimizing pet risks in the fall

Cool fall temperatures are a relief to pets, but there are still some autumn hazards to avoid.

Allergen blooms in fall can bother sensitive pets. If your dog licks and scratches, loses hair or has red, itchy skin, she may have seasonal allergies. Your veterinarian can help devise a diagnostic and treatment plan.

Ticks remain problematic in the fall, especially in grassy and wooded areas. That’s why it pays to use a year-round tick preventative while still checking for ticks after walks.

Damp fall weather encourages the growth of mushrooms, which can be toxic to pets. Colder weather also brings an increased risk of exposure to rodent poisons, antifreeze and mothballs, all dangerous to pets.

Finally, be mindful of decreased daylight and make your pet visible to hunters. The goal is to make the most of the fall.

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