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.
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.
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.