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Fall and Pet Safety

Fall and Pet Safety

Fall is a great time of year. There are so many fun things you can do with your pets during the fall. There are some fall hazards that you need to be aware of as a pet owner. Make sure that you and your pet are safe this fall and enjoy the season we are in.

Mushrooms and Molds

Mushrooms and molds are very abundant in the fall. You need to be careful when out walking with your dog in the fall. Molds and mushrooms grow on the ground right where your dog has easy access. They are easy for your dog to ingest. In your yard you should watch for mold patches and mushrooms. When you find them remove them so that your dog does not have access to them. If your dog does ingest from a patch of mold or mushrooms, make sure to get a sample to take with you to the vet as many can be toxic. If your regular vet is not available, you should take your pet to the emergency vet.

Snakes

During the fall snakes are preparing for hibernation. During this time of the year, they are more aggressive as they are preparing. If your dog is bitten by a snake, it is important that you go to the vet for treatment. If you live here in Albuquerque, you can come to the clinic and get a rattlesnake vaccine for your dog. The vaccine has the best effectiveness for 4-6 weeks and will protect your dog for up to 6 months. You will need to get the vaccine done twice a year to provide year around protection. Any dog after the age of 4 months can receive this shot.

Temperature fluctuations

During the fall there can be a wide range in temperatures. Pet owners need to remember that when it warms up during the day the pavement can still be extremely hot and that your dog can get burns on the pads of their feet. Make sure that you do not put away their protective foot ware and still have it available for use. As the temps cool some dogs may need a lightweight coat when you take them out for a walk on a chilly morning.

We hope that you and your pets enjoy this fall season and have a safe one as well.