It is officially fall! As the air is smelling like roasting green chile and we are eyeing pumpkins, we are also getting things ready for the fall season. As you get your house ready, lets make sure you keep your pets safe in the process.
There are more rats and mice in the fall as they try to seek shelter. You may be laying out mice traps or rodenticides. These are toxic and dangerous for your pets. Make sure you put them in places that are not accessible to your pets. If you use a service like Truly Nolen to help take care of your rodent problem, ask them if their treatment is pet friendly or make sure they lay rodenticide or traps out of your pets area. If you think your pet ingested rodenticide, call your vet immediately!
A lot of people flush their coolant in the fall. But did you know that antifreeze smells sweet and pets like to drink it. But even through it smells sweet engine coolant can kill your pet. There glycol-based coolants that are less toxic than the ethylene glycol coolants, but both are dangerous. If you have any coolant spills, clean them up immediately and don’t leave any open coolant out for your pet to drink. If you think your pet ingested coolant, call your vet immediately.
Mushrooms grow in the fall
It is a beautiful time of year for the Bosque walks or taking a hike in the mountains to view the autumn colors. Though New Mexico is a dry place we still grow mushrooms. Most mushrooms have little to no toxicity, some still do. The ones that do can be highly toxic and cause life-threatening problems in your pets. If you have mushrooms growing in your yard, put on some gloves and pick them. If you encounter mushrooms on hikes, do not let your pet eat them. Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.
Rattlesnakes and others
The rattlesnakes are out this year. There have been multiple bites reported on people and even more on pets. Make sure you get the rattlesnake vaccine to keep your dog protected and try to keep them from sticking their noses in holes or under rocks where snakes may be trying to sleep.