Fall is a time of transition. Time to put the summer sandals away and gear up for some chillier days. It’s also when we start to spend more time indoors as we look towards the long winter months. As we get ready to hunker down, now is the perfect time to take a look around your home and make it the most pet-friendly environment, while avoiding some seasonal hazards. Here are a few things to think about:
1. The Trouble with Moths
In the cooler months, moths (like many other critters) tend to come indoors to stay warm. Be aware that mothballs typically contain chemicals such as naphthalene that are toxic to dogs and cats. Mothball poisoning tends to show itself with gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting or drooling and neurological signs such as tremors or inactivity. If moths are an issue in your house, consider using a natural alternative such as cedar blocks or cedar chips to keep them away.
This isn’t the only pet poison to avoid this fall, check out the full list here.
2. What’s in Their Bowl?
Does your pet’s diet need to change for the winter? If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors in the fall and winter months, they may need a bit more food to compensate for their energy spent on heating their bodies. This is a good question to ask your vet at your next check-up.
3. Plan for Winter Workouts
Before the snow hits the ground and the thermometer plummets, consider how both you and your pet are going to get exercise this winter. Now’s the time to make sure you have good footwear (and maybe your dog too!), a warm jacket and great gloves to make sure there’s nothing stopping you from getting your walks in.
4. Get Organized
If you have kids at home, you know that school supplies can seem to make their way into the most interesting places. Small objects such as erasers, glue sticks, paper clips and pushpins can easily be lost and end up as chew toys for your pet. Take a look around to see what needs to be put away and make a plan with your children to make sure they stay out of your pets’ mouths.
5. Nothing to Sneeze At
Seasonal allergies don’t only affect humans; they can also appear in pets. If you notice your cat or dog sneezing, coughing or changes to their eyes or nose, it may be worth taking them for a check-up and potentially getting some allergy medication.
6. Is your Fall Décor Up to Snuff?
Candles are cozy, but they can also be a danger to pets. Whether their wagging tails or animal curiosity get the best of them, be sure to keep lit candles away from their reach and blow themn out if you are out of sight.
It’s always a good idea to take a second look at your home to make sure it’s the most pet friendly and safe environment it can be. These tips can help you get started to “Autumn Proof” your home, but there is so much we can all do to best take care of our pets. If you can’t get enough of these Fall health tips, be sure to check out these other great ideas here.