Kids Vet Club- Tips for Autumn from the Junior Vet Academy
It’s officially pumpkin spice season and our pets are likely happy that the Dog days of summer are over! With Fall time bringing cooler weather, Junior Vet Academy wants to remind you l that there are hazards to this season that are different from those in the summer.
Beware of Rodenticides and Cold Weather Poisons
Rats and mouse poisons increase in the fall as rodents seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides are highly toxic (and sometimes very appealing) to pets; if ingested, the results could be fatal. This is one of the topics we will cover in our First Aid class.
Watch Out for Wildlife
It’s almost hibernation season! This means wild animals – like skunks, bears, and snakes – are busily preparing for winter snooze. If you and your pets find yourselves in the woods, keep a close eye out for these creatures, and mind your distance!
Steer Clear of Mushrooms
This time of year, mushrooms start popping up on forest floors and around your yard. While some of these fungi are safe to eat, others are highly toxic to your pets and livestock– and it’s best not to take the risk.
Make Sure Your Animals Can Be Seen
Shorter days mean that you and your pet will be spending more hours in darkness than you’ve been used to for a while. It’s harder to be seen in the dark so invest in a reflective collar and leash for your pet and similar gear for yourself. Horses can also wear reflective halters and leg bands. Stay safe when you are out at night!
Happy Fall from Junior Vet Academy and Kids Vet Club