Fall and Our Pets Hazards

By on October 6, 2020
Fall

Whether you’re heading out with your pet for pumpkin picking or just raking leaves in your yard, there are so many fun activities in the fall! Your pet loves to be with you and will love joining you on all the autumn adventures. With the darker evenings there can be are a few hazards you should watch out for along the way.

Walking in the dark

Now that the sun is setting earlier, be sure to carry a flashlight with you. You may also consider a dog poop bag dispenser with a built-in LED flashlight. It reduces the number of things in your hands and provides light for the walk and activities. Consider using a reflective collar, leash, or jacket on your pet so they can easily be seen by oncoming cars. When in doubt, stick to well-lit areas.

Fleas and ticks

Parasites like fleas and ticks continue to be active all through the fall, so it’s important to keep your pet protected. Ticks are particularly concerning because they can transmit illnesses like Lyme disease to both you and your pet. Make sure you continue to keep your pets up-to-date on flea and tick preventives year-round!

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Leptospirosis

This bacterial disease is most common in the fall, particularly after heavy rains. The bacteria are transmitted in wildlife urine and can live in moist soil or stagnant water for months. If your dog is infected, symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and increased volume and frequency of urination. If you live in an area where leptospirosis is common, your veterinarian may recommend vaccinating your dog against this potentially deadly disease.

Hunting

Fall means the start of hunting season in many areas. Take precautions because you never know when you may spot a hunter, or be spotted by one of them. Avoid areas where hunting is the most popular. If you’re in the woods with your pet, make sure you’re both wearing the color blaze orange so you’ll be visible and easily identified. You can also talk to your pet or whistle as you walk so hunters will know where you are.

Colder weather

Depending on your area, autumn temperatures may be unpredictable. Never leave your dog outside unsupervised for long periods of time, especially in wet weather. Even dogs that usually love the cold may not have acclimated to it quite yet after the warm summer. Keep a close eye on your dog during your outdoor adventures.

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Fall and Our Pets Hazards