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Some Fall Threats for Pets Can Be Hard to Anticipate


Some pet dangers are obvious. Some take a bit of thought to anticipate but can still represent a threat.
The splendor of fall makes it all to easy to forget that a little extra attention may be needed for your pets.

As many pet owners are all too aware, fall is the season for pollens and other irritants that can cause allergies in some pets, just like in humans. If your pet is showing signs such as licking, biting, hair loss, red or itchy skin, consider allergies as a possibility that might be worth consulting your veterinarian.

Another warning involves poisons. Fall is especially apt to bring the danger of antifreeze, which is extremely toxic to pets. It’s also said to have a sweet taste that easily attracts animals that can then suffer serious sickness or death if they ingest even small amounts. If you or a neighbor like to top off or flush your auto coolant, make sure you are careful with spills.

A similar warning involves mice and other pests that often want move indoors before winter. You may respond by bringing out poisons to keep rodents and other pests at bay. Again, small amounts can prove dangerous, even fatal for your pet so use caution.

A similar but relatively new substance involves permethrin, an outstanding treatment for clothing that is very effective for repelling all kinds of pests, from mosquitoes to ticks. Unlike traditional repellents, permethrin is used to treat clothing and can be purchased in spray bottles for do-it-yourself applications. Once dry, it’s safe; but in liquid form it’s especially dangerous for cats.

If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, contact your vet quickly or call the ASPCA animal poison hotline, (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

Depending on where you live, other outdoor related issues might be worth nothing. Fall brings a number of hunting seasons in rural areas or in suburbs that may lie surprisingly close to rural areas. It’s also possible if you walk in parks or wildlife areas and forests where hunting is legal. Most hunters are responsible, but a brown dog dashing through forest can look a lot like a deer, at least initially.

Even in urban areas, the increasing darkness of fall can be a problem for both you and your pet. As summer ends, morning comes later and night earlier. If you are walking your dog, it’s easy not to realize that this slow but steady progression may make you and your pet hard to see while you are crossing a street or walking next to a roadway.

No list is complete and that includes this one. If you take one thought, however, consider that most of these are not concerns you might normally think of. In other words, enjoy fall but be alert that things are changing that might impact your pet!