As the season changes, many pet owners become concerned about the good health of their pets. If you’re one of them, then these helpful safety tips may just ease your concerns and guide you in taking better care of your furry friends.

Flea and Tick Protection

Even in autumn and winter months, your pet is vulnerable to fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites. To ensure protection, continue with heartworm and flea and tick preventions year round as prescribed by your veterinarian. Check your pet’s coat thoroughly after spending time outdoors. Perform heartworm testing, fecal testing, and screening for tick borne diseases annually or as recommended by your veterinarian.

Rodenticides Caution

As the rodents and other animals seek indoor warmth and safety during the colder months, the use of rat and mouse poisons becomes common in homes at this time of the year. Rodenticides are harmful to pets and, if consumed, could be fatal. Make sure to keep rodenticides out of your pet’s reach or use humane traps which contain no poisons.

Weather Changes

When temperatures drop there are a new set of considerations for your pets. Do not leave pets outside in extreme temperatures or wet conditions. Make sure they have access to a warm, dry environment. Avoid areas that are heavily salted and wipe feet after exposure. Some products that are used melt icy sidewalks and streets can cause burns and irritations to paw pads.

Dangers of Holiday foods and decorations

Many holiday foods are toxic to pets. It is safest to stick with your pet’s regular diet and treats. Many foods that are safe for people can cause toxicity and illness in pets. For a complete list of foods to avoid please visit: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

When decorating your home for the holiday season, keep your pets safety in mind. Supervise your pets carefully when you allow them into the decorated areas and keep decorations out of pets reach.