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Fall Pet Safety Tips

There's nothing quite like the first few days of fall. The crisp, cool air and beautiful foliage get you excited for the changing of season and we're sure your pets are also welcoming a break from summer's hot, sticky weather. But despite all of the pleasant perks the season ushers in, fall can also be a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. Here are some handy tips to keep your pets happy, safe and healthy during the autumn months.

Beware of rodenticides
The use of rate and mouse poisons increases in the fall as rodents seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets and if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, please do so with extreme caution and put them out of paws' reach.

Keep an eye on school supplies
Fall is back to school time and for some, that can mean stocking up on supplies like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. Although these items are not highly toxic to pets, gastrointestinal upset or blockage can occur if they are ingested. Be sure to keep school supplies up and away from your pets' reach.

Be on the lookout for mushrooms
Fall is one of the high seasons for mushrooms. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Since most toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from nontoxic ones, the best way to prevent pets from ingesting these poisonous plants is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are going.

Let em' have their fur coat
If you have a dog that you shave during the summer, let them start growing their coat back in the fall. Just like you need your fall/winter coat, he'll need his too.

Beware of anti-freeze
Ingesting antifreeze is lethal for your pet. Both cats and dogs have been known to lick this sweet tasting substance. Make sure to check your car for leaks and make sure bottles are stored far away from your pets.

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keep your pets safe doesn't have to be tricky. Take these simple precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1st. 

Stash the Treats

The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms-especially dark or baking chocolate-can be very dangerous for cats and dogs and sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems in your pets. If you suspect that you pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Be Careful with Costumes
For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don't put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury. Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her "birthday suit" or don a festive bandana instead.

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires out of Reach
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by a candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

*Fall pet tips provided by ASPCA and PetHub*
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