As Autumn approaches, we need to be aware of the dangers facing our pets in this new season. We have curated a few of these into a list for your information so that you can keep your pets safe.
The days are getting shorter and as the darkness descends earlier every day so do the instances of animals being injured by cars increase. You may want to consider a curfew for your cat to keep them out of trouble at night time. For both dogs and cats think about light up or light reflective collars so they can be seen more easily by drivers.
Acorns and conkers are falling off the trees but be warned, not only are these poisonous they can also cause a blockage if swallowed, so best avoided if possible.
Fungi thrive at this time of year and a lot of them are toxic when consumed. If you think your pet has eaten some mushrooms then if possible pick a sample safely and phone your vet for advice. If to attend the clinic, the sample can help the vet to identify the offending fungi and determine if specific measures should be taken.
At this time of year, people start whipping out the anti-freeze as temperatures cool down and Jack Frost visits. Take care when using anti-freeze not to spill the product or spray it onto the floor; if you do; the best thing to do is to hose down the area. The best practice is to avoid the use of anti-freeze at all. Cats and dogs often lick spilt anti-freeze, which is highly toxic.
We all turn into couch potatoes as the weather turns, and so do our pets! If walking outside has lost its appeal, take time to play and exercise your pet indoors. Lack of activity not only leads to boredom but also weight gain. Obesity, in turn, causes many other problems, such as arthritis and diabetes, that could otherwise be prevented.
Falling leaves are characteristic of autumn but can also be a cause for alarm. When leaves have been sitting on the ground, especially if it has been raining, they quickly start to decay. This decay process can produce mould which is toxic to your pets if eaten. Prevent you dog or cat playing in piles of leaves.
Spooky season is fast approaching and a few of us will have started preparation already! Chocolate abounds all year round but particularly around Halloween. There are also some sugar free sweets that contain xylitol as a substitute, which sounds like a healthy alternative but is actually extremely dangerous for our furry friends.
There is a lot we need to be aware of, but that is no reason not to enjoy the season. If you have any questions then you can ring our friendly receptionists on 01494 782001 and they can direct your call. Don’t forget that nurse clinics are free and they are fully qualified to give you advice.