The PetHub Mantra to keep every family’s pet safe, happy and home for the rest of their lives is of utmost value to us. This means that we want you to know the most important information to help keep your furry friends safe & give you peace of mind.
As Summer fades into Fall and temperatures drop, more animals become susceptible to injury, illness and even death. It’s important that pet owners, especially new ones, are fully aware of the unique dangers that animals face in the fall and can prepare for them accordingly.
Whether you're a new pet parent or just want to be on top of your care game, we’ve got you covered on all you should avoid and plan for.
1. Beware of Anti-freeze. Ingesting antifreeze is lethal to both humans and Animals. Unfortunately, both cats and dogs have been known to lick this sweet tasting substance as it’s often placed at their feet or eye level. Make sure to check your car for leaks and make sure all bottles are stored far away from your pets.
2. Cold is a common Pet Killer. Please keep in mind not to leave your pets outside for prolonged periods of time, no longer than 15-20 minutes. And if you do, depending on their coat they may need a winter jacket. Any temperature below 32 degrees can cause dogs and cats to suffer hypothermia and frostbite, and most pets need a temperature above 70 to be completely comfortable. Especially for puppies, senior pets and smaller animals.
3. Beware of ticks. It’s still tick season and playing in the cool autumn leaves is one of the many ways your pooch could get them. Consider using a natural tick repellent to help protect your pet.
4. Let em’ have their fur coat. If you have a dog that you shave during the summer, let him start growing his coat back in the fall. Just like you need your Fall/Winter coat he’ll needs his too.
5. The changing of seasons is great time to check your pet ID tags and microchip. Just take 5 minutes to make sure all your pet’s information is up to date and in proper order.
6. Make holiday arrangements with your dog walker, pet sitter or doggy day care NOW. As the holidays approach, most of us will get busier and possibly have to travel. Take time out and plan ahead so you can make the holidays easier on your pets.
7. Fall celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Halloween, often mean people coming over to visit your home. If you have a pet that has special needs or is wary of new people, be sure to tell your guests about your pet before they come over.
8. Make sure your pets can’t escape through the main entrance of your home. This is especially important if you plan on having several guests in and out of the house this holiday season. It may be worth investing in a gate such as this one from Chewy or creating some kind of barrier between the door and your pet. Especially if you have a pet that’s prone to bolting.
9. Be careful with holiday treats. Aside from known hazards such as chocolate, cooked bones, raw bread dough and
many fruits and vegetables can also be life threatening to pets. There are plenty of dog and cat addicting treats on the market. Check out Pawstruck and Because Animals treat bags!
10. Be careful with decorations. Many shiny new decorations look like really fun toys to your pets. Make sure decorations are displayed far enough away from your pets, many of them contain toxic metals and can become choking hazards.
Following the tips above should help prepare you for the season and ensure that your pets remain safe and comfortable. After all, the holidays are an incredibly busy and fun time of the year and are best celebrated with happy and healthy fur friends and family.