How to keep your pets safe this Autumn season
October 24, 2019
Beth Gregory
Blog

With the biggest Autumn seasonal events coming up, it’s important to ensure your pets are safe.

Halloween and Bonfire night are just around the corner and with all the spookiness and excitement from those around you, you may forget that your animal could be affected by various issues.

 

Sweets and treats

Many popular sweets are poisonous to pets and can cause some serious health problems. Any type of chocolate is incredibly dangerous for cats and dogs if ingested. Sugar-free sweets contain ingredients that can harm animals due to the sugar substitute xylitol.

Maybe opt to buy your furry friend some biscuits or treats that are animal-safe so that they are able to join in the fun.

 

Halloween pet costumes

Even though your Instagram feed would look adorable with your pet wearing a festive costume, it could cause distress to some animals. We recommend to not put an animal in a costume unless you know that they love it.

If they are a fan and are up for being a spider at the Halloween party then please take further considerations to make sure your pet is completely safe. Ensure that the costume doesn’t affect their movement or ability to breathe, bark or meow.

Do a full check of the costume and see if there are any choking hazards such as small-dangling parts or parts that can be easily bitten off. If they show any signs of abnormal behaviour consider not dressing them up or look into purchasing a Halloween bandana or collar.

 

Keep your pets calm

The Halloween season results in many people knocking on your door expecting a treat. This, however, can make your pet uncomfortable at times due to the overwhelming amount of strangers on their doorstep.

When you’re opening the door for the visitors, make sure that your animal doesn’t escape while you are distracted. Make sure that they are wearing some sort of identification in case they do manage to dart outside.

Most are aware of the issues that can occur for your pets when fireworks are being set off, it’s important to note that it can cause immense amounts of anxiety and stress. To reduce this fear, close your curtains and windows so that the sights and sounds are not as overwhelming.

Make sure that you have prepared a safe space that is available for your pet. Dogs and cats will most likely retreat to small, enclosed spaces when they are feeling articulary stressed. So, instead of having them cower under a bed or in a corner, create a den or comfortable bed to retreat to in advance so they can associate it with being calm.

Weather

Although animals have fur coats, this might not be enough protection to get them through the cold weather to come. Older pets are unable to adjust their temperature as well as younger animals can. Buying them a jacket to wear when going out on walks will stop the coldness from potentially making them ill or uncomfortable.

Be careful about where your pet’s bed is placed in case there is a draft, consider moving their bed to a more comfortable spot.

 

Small animals and birds

Smaller animals, such as mice and rabbits, tend to lose heat incredibly quickly. If they have hutches or cages outside, moving them into a garage or a shed would be beneficial to keep them healthy and comfortable.

Never put your pet in a garage with a car considering the exhaust fumes can be fatal to small animals. Also, you should make sure that their cage is raised from the ground to avoid it becoming damp and wet.

 

Autumn health problems

Ticks are a huge problem in this season so make sure to use spot-on liquids or take your animal to their vet to prevent it from affecting your animal.

As well as this, harvest mites are also a problem in Autumn. These mites live in dense vegetation like bushes or grass and are most active at the warmest part of the day. These mites typically feed for 2 or 3 days and then drop off leaving an itchy skin rash that can last for several weeks.

They are very resistant to many treatments so consider walking your dog at cooler times and avoid areas where the mites are.

Harvest mites are being investigated as a possible cause for another health problem which is associated with autumn – seasonal canine illness (SCI).

SCI is an illness that appears in the autumn and has increasingly been affecting dogs that have been walked in multiple wooded areas.

The symptoms of this mysterious illness appear after 24 to 72 hours after a walk through the woods and include vomiting, diarrhoea, and lethargy. If you notice your dog displaying any these symptoms after having a walk you should seek veterinary assistance immediately since many dogs that have been affected have become fatally ill.

 

Make sure to stay safe this season and if you are worried about your pet’s health, speak to your veterinarian who will be more than happy to help with any questions or concerns. We hope that all our animal models, actors and influencers are also all protected this upcoming season.