Autumn/Fall Pet Allergies
As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, here are 8 pet allergies that occur during the autumn/fall months:
Although moths are more prevalent during the fall months, stay away from using mothballs as they can contain chemicals that pose harm to your pets. Some healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives include sachets with cedar chips, lavender or cloves.
Rodents like to spend their winters in cozy warm places. As they scope out their spot in the fall, keep in mind that rodenticides are not just harmful to rodents, but to your pets as well. Make sure to speak with a professional and use pet-safe solutions to prevent any poisoning or serious medical issues.
Make sure to wipe up any drips of antifreeze as just a small amount ingested could lead to serious and immediate health issues in your pet. In the event that your pet licks it, call a veterinarian clinic immediately.
This is a disease caused by Leptospira bacteria, which live in moist soil and stagnant water. It is most common during fall months because of the rainy season. If your pet comes in contact with urine-contaminated soil, water, food or bedding that contains this bacterial strain, they may be at risk of contracting this disease. This is also not limited to rural areas but can be spread by raccoons, rodents, and possums in the urban and suburban areas. Luckily, this is preventable! Get your pet vaccinated for this disease.
Even as the winter months approach, parasites such as fleas and ticks still remain a threat despite the cooler temperatures. Although the weather is constantly changing, it’s a good idea to maintain your pet’s wellness with an effective flea or tick treatment plan year round.
As the autumn holidays come near and we gear into fall harvest mode, your furry friends become more susceptible to potential dangers. One of the many ways you can ensure your beloved animals’ health is by storing away any vegetables that may be toxic to your pets such as onions, leeks, or garlic. On the contrary, there are also many seasonal vegetables that can be beneficial for your pet’s health. Some examples of autumn foods you can feed your pet are apples (without the seeds), cranberries, canned pumpkin, cooked sweet potatoes, and even butternut squash when cooked correctly. These vegetables offer a variety of nutrients, minerals, fibers, and anti-inflammatory attributes that are both safe and healthy for animals.
Having candy during the holiday treat season is an ongoing tradition, but it poses many life-threatening problems to your pets. It’s important to ensure that there are no candy wrappers, chocolates, or other halloween treats lying within your pets’ reach. Chocolate is toxic to pets and many other treats such as gum, chewy candy, and bite-size hard candy contain artificial sweeteners that are extremely dangerous to all animals.
During the rainy season, wild mushrooms are commonly found in areas that your pet may roam around in. It is extremely hard to tell toxic mushrooms and regular mushrooms apart, so it’s safer to just keep your pet away from all mushrooms. If you suspect that your pet has ingested any mushrooms, contact your veterinarian right away.