The Vet Experts
10 Ways to Keep your Pets Out of the Emergency Vet Offices this Fall Season
Autumn is a beautiful time of year. The perfect environment for long walks, with its earthy scents, vibrant colors, and refreshing temperatures (depending on where you live - sorry Floridians). But pet parents beware! Halloween isn’t the only reason to be afraid this season.
Luckily, these ten safety tips will help you and your furry friend stay safe and out of the emergency vet office this fall season:
1. Keep an Eye Out For Wildlife
It's almost hibernation time, which means that in some parts of the country wild animals like bears, skunks and snakes are busy getting ready for winter sleep. Keep your dog and yourself safe in wooded areas. Consider keeping your dog leashed if you live near venomous snakes, or they could end up needing to see the emergency vet.
2. Take Care When your Pet is Around Mushrooms
You will see mushrooms growing in your yard and on the forest floor this time of year. Although most of these mushrooms are safe for pets to eat, some are toxic and can cause serious health problems. You can prevent your dog from eating them by watching him play independently and keeping him safe on off-leash walks. That being said, you should immediately contact your emergency vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 if you suspect that your dog has eaten one.
3. Look Out for Ticks
Tick season doesn't end with the end of summer months. Many tick species can survive well into winter (especially in warmer states). These blood-sucking pests thrive when they are in moist environments. Use natural insect repellents and make sure to check your dog after you return from the outdoors. Not necessarily and emergency vet type of visit, but could be if it gets out of hand.
4. Take Care of Their Paws
Over the next few months, don't forget to look after your dog's feet. Your dog's feet are most vulnerable to the dangers of summer heat, snow, salt, and hot terrain. To keep his delicate pads healthy, you need to protect them all year round and in all sorts of climates. Most dogs love doggie boots. You can also use natural products such as LifeFORCE Pawstick to keep your dog's feet healthy during winter.
5. Take a Look at Their Joints
Dogs with arthritis or other joint issues will feel more pain when the temperature drops. Watch out for signs like limping or reluctance of exercise. Your emergency vet should be contacted if your dog is whining or unable to move. You might also consider giving your dog a supplement of glucosamine to reduce inflammation in the joints.
6. Let There Be Light
It is becoming more and more practical to take your dog on dark walks as the days become shorter, sometimes out of necessity. Get reflective gear for your dog and for yourself. Make sure passing cars can see you easily so that neither you or your dog end up needing emergency vet services.
7. Avoid Allergy Aggravates
Allergens such as ragweed or mold can cause your dog to itch, sneeze, and cough throughout the fall season. Avoidance is the first step. However, this can be difficult if your dog is allergic to something. To determine the best treatment for your dog's allergies, you should consult your emergency vet if you suspect that he may have seasonal allergies.
8. Remember his Nutritional Requirements
Your dog is likely to be more active when the air is fresh. When assessing your dog's diet for the season, take his activity into consideration. Does he require more calories to compensate for all the energy he is using? To ensure that he gets the nutrients he requires, should I rotate my protein? Talk to your veterinarian or your emergency vet to get answers.
9. Keep Their Warm
Some regions of the country see a rapid drop in temperature once fall arrives. If your dog spends much time outside, you can put a blanket on the porch, but don't let him stay out too long in the later evenings or early mornings. While most breeds can withstand cold temperatures, some, such as Chihuahuas and Greyhounds, are less well-equipped. You can help him slowly transition from the heat of summer to winter, at least until his winter coat is in.
10. Protect your Home from Dogs
To ensure your dog's safety, sweep your yard every day. Dead fruit, leaves, and stems that have fallen from trees must be removed. They are not safe for pets to eat and could land them in the emergency vet office. You should remove any sticks your pet might get caught on when they play. They can also be a threat to your pet's eyes if they lose their leaves.
This precautionary checklist for fall safety is something you should keep in mind, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the outdoors this season. Should you need emergency vet services for any of the above (or anything else, for that matter), please reach out to us right away via phone, email, or find insights on our website here.