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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.

*Fall pet tips provided by ASPCA and PetHub*