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Keeping your older (and younger!) pets happy and healthy this season.

There’s nothing like the crisp, cool air and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. But at this time of year, there are some dangers lurking for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, there are important safety issues to consider.

Below are some tips to keep your pet happy and healthy this season.

Be Cautious of Rodenticides and Cold Weather Poisons

The use of rat and mouse poisons increase in the Autumn 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 in places inaccessible to your pets.

Many people choose Autumn as the time to change their car's engine coolant. Ethylene glycol-based coolants are highly toxic, so spills should be cleaned up immediately. Consider switching to propylene glycol-based coolants—though they aren't completely non-toxic, they are much less toxic than other engine coolants.

Steer Clear of Mushrooms

Autumn 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 non-toxic ones, the best way to prevent pets from ingesting these poisonous plants is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing.

Watch Out for Wildlife

It’s the time of year where many of our wildlife friends 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 wildlife may be lurking in their environment - and where that wildlife is most likely to be found - so pets can be kept out of those areas.


Exercise & Grooming

Now is the perfect time to step up both our own and our pets exercise regime that may have slipped over the summer months. There’s nothing like a long walk through colourful Autumnal scenery, or a fresh early morning stroll, and our pets love chasing a ball or a frisbee into a pile of fresh crispy leaves!

No one likes pet hair on the furniture, your clothes and everywhere else, so to avoid the misery of coat casting and shedding, make time daily or at least once a week to give your pet a thorough groom. This will eliminate most of the unwanted hair from escaping into and around your home!

Keeping our golden oldies happy and healthy

Autumn and Winter can be hard for our more mature pets - unlike their younger counterparts who often enjoy the colder weather and dashing about in the frost and snow! Cold, damp weather will exacerbate arthritis, so help your four-legged friend out with simple changes around the home: use a ramp for the car, make sure your cat’s litter tray has low sides so it’s easy to step into, raise food and water bowls to prevent your pet having to bend too much. If your pet isn’t already on any treatment for arthritis - speak to us; there are many ways we can help.

Older pets feel the cold more. If you’re heading out on a dog walk, wrap your dog up warm - just as you do yourself! A cosy, waterproof coat will really help - particularly if your dog does suffer from stiff joints. At home, make sure your pets have access to a nice comfy bed of their own to snuggle down into, placed out of draughts in a warm, dry part of the house.

Finally, of course, we can’t forget the importance of a good quality, senior diet, filled with all the nutrients your pet needs, along with regular physical check-ups with one of our vets, to make sure any medical issues are caught and managed early on.

Don’t forget - our team of veterinary nurses are always available to answer any queries you may have about your pet. Find out more here


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