Change is in the air! The weather is getting cooler and the leaves have started to change color. A new season brings excitement for a new time of year. However, it also brings a new set of dangers to your pet.
Why It's Important
In one of our previous Care Corner posts, we discussed the dangers of rodenticide on pets. This becomes more important during the fall as the use of rat poisons tends to increase after summer, when rodents tend to seek shelter inside and escape the cooler temperatures.
And the start of autumn means back to school, so be sure to school supplies out of reach of pets, who might be tempted to eat things they shouldn’t!
Also, just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean that ticks are gone just yet. On the contrary, tick season tends to come back in the fall. Make sure to check yourself and your pet after being outdoors.
Any change of season brings about new things, and some can be hazardous for your pet. As always, it's important to pay attention to your surroundings and what your pet has access to. Keeping your pet safe and out of danger is always important. But now with longer wait times and understaffed veterinary clinics, it has never been more important to reduce the need for an emergency visit (not to mention the cost just to get through the door of an emergency vet clinic)!
Finally, with daylight savings many pet parents might need to walk their pets when it’s dark outside or the sun is rising or setting, which can lead to solar glare that makes people and pets harder to see. Remember to walk on sidewalks whenever possible (and against the traffic so you can see what’s coming) and to dress you and your pet in bright, reflective gear.
Check Out These Resources
Visit our Care Corner web page for more tips on what to keep an eye out for and how to keep your pet safe this fall season.
What You Can Do To Help
Keeping your pet safe and healthy is important and can reduce emergency vet visits, which can be costly. Phinney’s believes in keeping people and their beloved pets together. We do this by extending a helping hand to pet parents in need when these emergency vet visits become too costly for some to afford. Ways you can help include donating to Phinney’s or volunteering. And, anyone in need of help in caring for their pets can visit our Get Help page for more information.