Today is the first day of fall. Well, officially, but here in Memphis it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. We’ll get there, and as we do bear in mind that a seasonal change brings with it a few seasonal issues for your pet.
- Many people begin to put out rat and mouse poison as rodents start to seek shelter indoors to escape cooler temperatures. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets, so exercise extreme caution when using them. Place them where your pets cannot access them but if they do manage to ingest some, get them to your veterinarian or emergency animal clinic right away as the results could be fatal.
- Fall is also mushroom season, and while 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, there’s that 1% that could be life-threatening if ingested by a cat or dog. Few people know the difference between toxic and safe mushrooms; don’t expect your pet to know. Exercise caution during walks and outside play; keep your yard clear of mushrooms and steer clear of areas where they are sprouting. If you suspect your pet has ingested a mushroom, you should get him to your veterinarian or an emergency animal clinic immediately.
- It’s still tick season out, and the number of adult deer ticks is higher in the fall than it is during any other time of the year. Deer ticks are responsible for spreading Lyme disease, which is dangerous to animals and pets. Use a tick and flea preventative and/or pay close attention to lawn care as ticks prefer to live in long grass.
- And finally, autumn is the season when snakes prepare for hibernation so be aware of their environments. We addressed this in an earlier blog post. Check it out to learn symptoms of a snake bite and action to take should it happen.
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