I can feel the steamy heat of summer dissipating at last. Our pups are, once again, racing to the door with a flustered, ‘me first’ attitude! We are all following suit, cherishing these perfect days as the heat falls away and leaves crackle underfoot in the newly chilled air.
Our cats are actually joining in family activities, rather than viewing life from the cat tower where they previously sprawled in their ‘I can’t be bothered’ attitudes. Fleas are on their way out and will meet their demise sometime soon. Summer shedding has subsided to reveal exquisite, sleek fur becoming ever denser in preparation for winter’s chill, and your dog can return to her mid-day walks!
Asheville autumn can turn out a bit dry, so remember to leave bowls of water outside for the wildlife and keep your bird baths full this season. The little wild critters will surely appreciate your thoughtfulness.
To be on the safe side, here is a list of general precautions to be aware of during the season of Autumn to protect your dog or cat:
- Beware of rodenticides. Many people (including, perhaps, your neighbors) bring out the rat or mouse poison during this season, as the little rodents consider where to make their nests away from the cold. These poisons can be very toxic to your animals. At Sunvet, we recommend using more humane live traps for your own home (or adopt a cat that’s a good mouser!). And keep an eye on your dogs and cats during this season of poison use. If you suspect they’ve eaten poison or a rodent that might have been poisoned, bring them to us or animal emergency to get them checked out right away.
- No fungi for your ‘fun guy’! Many mushrooms are safe, but some are toxic. Check out this handy guide from the ASPCA to stay informed about toxic mushrooms, and if you think your pet has gobbled up a toxic mushroom, contact Sunvet or animal emergency immediately.
- Check your dog’s or cat’s nutrition needs. As your animal friend gets older, and especially when seasons change, nutrition type and quantity can also need adjustment. Bring them in to Sunvet to ensure they’re eating right as we head into the colder temperatures.
Most of all…have fun! Take time for that stroll, that nap, that adventure with your sweetest and most avid four-legged admirer.