Pet Owners Guide to Fall

By November 1, 2019Uncategorized

As Fall begins, there are a few things that pet owners should keep in mind. Weather, Holidays, and changes in routine can all lead to a dangers, so we’ve created a list of a few things to keep in mind!

Candles and Flames

Maybe you still have a jack-o’-lantern lying around from last months decorations, or you just enjoy the aromas of a Fall candle. Either way, pets can be curious to flames, or easily bump into them. Be sure to keep your candles out of the reach of your pets!

Holiday Plants

When decorating for fall, plants can make great centerpieces and help bring color to your home. However, it’s important to keep in mind that some plants may work better than others. Below is a list of potentially harmful ones:

  • Poinsettias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Lilies

Candy From Halloween

You probably either handed out candy last night, or had a bunch brought into your home. That probably includes chocolate, lollipop sticks, wrappers, and other candies that are harmful to your pet. Don’t forget to keep those put away!

Thanksgiving Food

Thanksgiving is a time in which us humans enjoy some of the best food of the year, and might have bad habits of letting our pets in on the big meal. We know it can be hard to resist a begging pup or kitty, but many Thanksgiving foods are fatty and splintering turkey bones can cause massive internal damage. Play it safe and keep the human food away from the pets!

Holiday Visitors

This may come as a surprise to many, but when new people come into a host’s home, there are a few things you may not have thought about. Did your guest set their purse on the ground? Cosmetics contain alcohol, and many bags contain advil (Ibuprofen), or sugar free gum. Though seemingly rare, these are reasons take precautions. Also, you might have small children or those that aren’t used to being around pets, so it’s best to keep a watchful eye.

Alcohol

This one is quite obvious, but the hard apple cider, or pumpkin beer should be kept away from your pets. It depresses the nervous system and can also damage their kidneys.

Allergies

Seasons change and with them comes new environmental irritants and allergens that can make life miserable for pets and their owners. Dust and dried grass, along with ragweed and mold can cause sneezing, coughing, or severe itching. Be watchful for these symptoms.

Colder Weather

Fall brings the cool, crisp air and if you have a smaller or short hair pet, consider a sweater or jacket for trips outside. Older dogs can also have compromised immune systems and the cold temperature can aggravate arthritis or worsen symptoms of elderly pet sickness. It’s smart to keep an eye out for any odd behaviour.

Shorter Days, Darker Walks

Here’s another one that’s outside the box but worthy of keeping on your radar. As the daylight dwindles, it might mean walking our dogs in the dark. Consider bringing a flashlight to keep your path lit.

This time of year always brings excitement, but it’s important that we keep our pets in mind, as changes in routine can affect them. As a rule of thumb, try to remember your pets when making any changes in the home during the holidays!