We’ve finally made it to fall which brings cooler weather, changing landscapes, and new dangers for our pets. El Gato Veterinary Hospital wants to do everything in our power to help you keep your pets safe during fall, and we’re here to help if anything unfortunate happens. In the meantime, these tips will help you keep your pets happy and healthy for the next few months.

Be Careful of Wildlife

As it gets colder outside, food becomes more scarce for wildlife in the area. Be sure to monitor your pets when they’re roaming free outside, keep an eye on any dangerous animals that may be lurking. Did you know that fall is when snakes prepare for hibernation? Keeping your pets far away from them, especially those that are poisonous. Be sure to know the type of wildlife in your area and make sure only to walk your pets in well-lit, safe areas.

Watch Out For Mushrooms

Mushrooms begin to appear in the fall and can potentially be life-threatening for your pets. 99% of mushrooms will cause no harm to your pets but 1% can be potentially fatal, we think it’s best not to take the risk and to keep your pets far away from areas where they grow. If you ever see or suspect that your pet has ingested a mushroom, be sure to contact us immediately. If this happens after hours, we recommend you call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.

Be Mind Of Household Poisons

Cold weather means rodents and bugs start to head inside for warmth. Of course, we use poisons and sprays to keep them out. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets and can be fatal if ingested. Be sure to check the label or ask the company spraying if the chemicals in the spray are safe for pets. House cleaners, engine coolants, and other household items can cause severe damage to your pet if ingested. Be mindful of all chemicals being used in your home.

As always, El Gato Veterinary Hospital is here to help. If you have any other questions, fall safety tips or need to schedule an appointment, contact us immediately. We look forward to seeing you and your pet!