Summer is officially over, and weather conditions in Allentown have changed abruptly from hot and sunny to cold and drizzly. Fall weather means, chilly winds, rain, and sometimes even an early snowfall or two. Potential health threats such as pests, and household poisons commonly used throughout the season can compromise your pet’s health. Here are a few tips to keep your much-loved dog or cat safe this fall.
Keep Pets Indoors
With evening temperatures dropping, it is important for pet owners to limit their pet’s exposure to the outdoors. Dogs and cats are sentient beings; they feel the cold and can experience pain. Leaving them out for extended periods of time during inclement weather can lead to hypothermia and other potentially deadly complications. Whether it is summer, fall, or winter, do the responsible thing and keep your cat or dog indoors at nighttime and during unfavorable weather conditions.
Bundle them up and Watch where they play
Pull out the sweaters and light jackets from the back of the closet and bundle up the “kids.” Keep your dogs comfortable on walks by covering them up with a sweater or light jacket. Also, monitor your dogs when they play outside and keep them away from areas which attract pests, such as wet or humid underbrush, and leaf piles.
Continue Heartworm, Tick, and Flea Prevention
Don’t let your guard down against ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. These dangerous pests can still harm your pet during the autumn and winter months. While flea larvae may die off with the first frost of the season, ticks can persist through wintry conditions. Follow up on veterinary appointments and comply with vet’s orders by continuing heartworm, tick, and flea prevention year-round.
Store Antifreeze and Rodenticides Safely
Storing antifreeze and other household poisons away from children and pets is extremely important and can be a matter of life or death. These products are toxic; ingesting even a small amount can result in serious injury or death. Don’t risk losing a member of the family, keep these products out of reach at all times.
For more information on keeping your pet safe this fall, visit the following websites:
- ASPCA Autumn Safety Tips
- Autumn Safety
- Fall Pet Safety
Interested in adopting a dog into your forever home? Check out these local Animal Shelters:
- Peaceable Kingdom
- Lehigh County Humane Society
You can also adopt a stray dog from Puerto Rico, find out how by clicking on the following link:
- ADLA (Friends of the Animals)
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