Don’t fall for these seasonal Fall Hazards

 

 

Whether you’re going out apple picking or just raking leaves outside, or any of the other fun activities that fall brings; we want to arm you with the knowledge to protect your pet during this season.


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!

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, so it’s important to take precautions. Try to 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.

Walking at night. 
Now that the sun is setting earlier, be sure to carry a flashlight with you and 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-lighted areas.

Cold snaps. 
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, so keep a close eye on your dog during your outdoor adventures. Also consider getting them a jacket and/or booties for added protection.