As we've fallen back in time (sorta!) and prepare for the winter months, it can mean a lot of changes for us AND our pets!
So what are some things we can do to protect our furry friends?
Luckily, Dr. Patrick has our pets' backs as always, and following the tips below can help treat your pet to a winter wonderland of fun and safety!
Daylight Savings Time:
The days are getting shorter and the nights longer so darkness can be factor in your pet's safety.
If you are going to walk your pets, try as best as possible to walk them during daylight hours. If you're a bit more vampiric, making sure your pet is under control, leashed, and has proper id tags/microchips is the next best option.
Leaves, Plants and Mushrooms:
While we humans LUHV to jump in piles of leaves, it can cause a bit more serious threat to our four legged critters.
Leaf blowers may cause startling noises that can upset pets and leaf decay and upset their stomachs as well.
Flowers and mushrooms like to bloom in the fall as well as some can be toxic if eaten. Most mushrooms are non-toxic however death caps should be avoided.
Some flowers can be nasty for your pet include: Meadow Saffron/Autumn Crocus, Clematis, and especially Chrysanthemum.
Making sure you take the neccessary precaution can save your pooch or kitty from a tummy ache!
Mice and Other Rodents:
When you're cold, rats, mice and other rodents get cold too!
Many families like to put down rodenticides to get rid of pesky critters who sneak inside the house to stay warm.
As always, making sure your pet doesn't ingest these chemicals is key.
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