When most of us think of dangerous times of the year for our pets, we often think of summer or winter, but believe it or not, there are many unique safety challenges in the fall for our furry friends. As a pet owner, it’s important to be diligent about your pet’s safety all year round, and the fall is no exception. In our last blog, our veterinarian in North Merrick went over a few helpful tips to keep your pet safe this fall. Here are a couple more:
When preparing to drive around in the winter, you need plenty of antifreeze in your car. However, you need to be extremely careful when you are refilling it. Antifreeze contains a substance called ethylene glycol that smells sweet to dogs and entices them to lick it. Antifreeze is toxic; just two teaspoons could kill a 10-pound dog, and it would take even less to kill a 10-pound cat. Take extra precautions when refilling your car’s antifreeze.
One of the best parts about fall is Halloween, and Halloween brings many sweet treats into our homes. Most people are aware that chocolate is toxic for pets, but you should never give any candy to your pet, even if it’s not chocolate. Many candies contain xylitol, which can be extremely harmful for both cats and dogs.
Although we’ve gone over many safety tips for your pet this fall, there are still a couple more things you can do to keep your pet safe. Would you like to learn more? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.