Crisp air and leaves falling…is there anything better than fall? It’s a great time to get out with your pets-cooler temperatures and sunny days are perfect for a nice hike in the woods. Make sure your pet has a happy and healthy fall by keeping these tips in mind:
-Keep up with your pet’s heartworm and flea/tick medications. These pesky parasites can still be found in the cooler months, so make sure you pet still receives their preventative medications on a regular basis. Be sure to look your pet over frequently for ticks -these are easy to pick up, and 2017 has been a bad year for them!
-Speaking of walks…keep an eye on your pup to make sure they don’t gobble up something they’re not supposed to while outside. This time of year, hundreds of varieties of mushrooms pop up in the woods, and while many are harmless, there are some that could do serious harm if you dog were to consume them.
-Watch what they eat around the house, too-the cooler months often start to drive rodents inside which prompts homeowners to put out traps and rodenticides which can be potentially deadly if your pet were to ingests some. This also includes rodents who have consumed poison and died-if you pet decides to make a yummy treat of one, contact your veterinarian immediately.
-Fall means lots of fun decorations around the house, but to your pet, this might mean a new treat to chew on or fully consume. Make sure they don’t get into trinkets or candles as these items can cause intestinal obstruction (among other issues), which requires immediate medical attention.
As always, if you have any concerns about the above issues throughout the fall season (or any time!) you can make an appointment with Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic at 231-622-6363.