As summer winds down and autumn revs up, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re out with your pet – from apple picking to Halloween:
Dogs and cats are both susceptible to chocolate toxicity.
Besides creating unnecessary health issues for your pooch, it can cost you anywhere from $240-$1,200 per claim to solve the issue. Watch out for candy with Xylitol (present in sugar-free gum, etc.) as well, which will also make your pets sick.
Dogs can catch the flu.
Canine flu and bordetella (“kennel cough”) are transmitted by air and are highly contagious. Watch out for coughing from any other dogs, and, if your dog develops high fever or coughing, go to the veterinarian immediately. These awful diseases can cause anorexia, severe pneumonia, and death, so it’s important to be alert to your dog’s and other dogs’ health as the change in season progresses.
Keep your pets’ stress levels down.
Large parties, while exciting, can be a little too exciting for your pets. Try to give them an extra dose of exercise before you host a big party, and get them a special new toy to distract them. Just in case that doesn’t work, make sure you have a quiet room that’s removed from all the holiday hullabaloo to where they can escape.
Engine coolant = pet poison.
Many families change their car’s engine coolant in the fall, but be sure to clean up spills thoroughly and keep any access to this substance completely away from your pet. In addition, look into a propylene glycol-based coolant, which, while not nontoxic, is much less toxic than other types.
Beware of seasonal allergies.
Dogs and cats can have allergy symptoms similar to humans and can react to pollen, dust, mold, etc. If your pet is sneezing, coughing, or experiencing extreme itching, contact your vet to get them tested and to talk about potential treatment. Here are some dog breeds most prone to allergies:
- English Bulldog
- French Bulldog
- West Highland White Terrier
- American Bulldog
- Basset Hound
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- American Pit bull Terrier
- Shiba Inu
- Bichon Frise
- Boston Terrier
- Miniature Poodle