Today is the first day of fall! We love this time of year and all the traditions it brings. The kids are back in school, pumpkins will begin popping up everywhere, and the holiday season is just around the corner. With all the lovely things that fall brings, there are some seasonal safety tips you should be aware of to keep your furry friends healthy and happy. Here are 3 important tips to keep in mind!

1. Keep School Supplies Out of Paws’ Reach

Fall is back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. Although these items are considered low toxicity to pets, gastrointestinal upset and blockages can occur if ingested. Be sure your children keep their school supplies out of your pet’s reach.

2. Steer Clear of Mushrooms

Fall and spring are mushroom seasons. 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 growing. Please visit our Poisonous Plants page for more information.Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.

3. Watch Out for Wildlife

Autumn is the season when snakes are preparing for hibernation, increasing the possibility of bites to those unlucky pets who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet parents should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be lurking in their environment—and where those snakes are most likely to be found—so pets can be kept out of those areas.

Throughout every season, the Temple Heights Animal Hospital team is here to help. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.