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Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Fall

Fall has arrived! There is a change in the air, the kiddos are back at school, and yes, there are likely already Christmas decorations in the stores! Changes in the season also mean that there are new dangers to be aware of to keep our furry family members safe. Here are a few things you need to know to be “in the know” pet parent.

1. Halloween is right around the corner.  This means there is going to be a lot more candy around and, while you may have the will power to stay away from it, your furry family members are not as inclined. Be sure to keep all candy and sweets out of reach. Not only can chocolate cause vomiting, diarrhea, or worse (read more here), the wrappers and packaging can cause intestinal blockage in some cases. Candies or baked goods that contain a sugar substitute called xylitol can also be life-threatening, so be sure to keep your furry friends away from these as well.

2. Now that the kids are back in school, there are likely a few more backpacks lying around which means, there are more things for curious noses to sniff and get into. While most school supplies such as markers or glue are not very toxic to pets, they can still cause an upset stomach or have the possibility of causing an intestinal blockage. Chewing on pens and pencils can also cause trauma to the mouth and throat – not to mention the mess it will make!

3. According to the ASPCA, there is an increase in the number of rodenticide intoxications in dogs in the fall. More people are putting out rat bait during this time of year as rodents are beginning to seek shelter from the cooler weather. This means the chances are much greater that your dog or outdoor kitty will have access to this toxin so be vigilant –ingestion of these toxins can be fatal.

4. This is also the time of year when people may change the coolant in their car which means a much greater risk that your furry family member will be exposed to antifreeze. While there are some “pet-safe” antifreeze alternatives, the vast majority still contains ethylene glycol which is EXTREMELY toxic, even in small amounts. Be sure to clean any obvious spills and be aware of what your pet can get into in the garage or driveway.

If you ever have any questions or concerns that your pet may have gotten into something they shouldn’t have, please don’t hesitate to call your family veterinarian right away. We hope these tips help keep your furry family safe so you can enjoy this wonderful time of year!

Tags: Cats, Dog safety, Dogs, Holidays, Pet advice, Pet health, Pet info, Pets

Thanks for Supporting Military Pets!

Throughout the summer, all 52 of our Best Friends locations and affiliated veterinary hospitals collected donations to support the efforts of Dogs on Deployment and the military pets and families that they help. Because of your generosity, we were able to collect a total of $6549.00 for this amazing cause.

THANK YOU all so much!

Please read more about this amazing organization below and continue supporting their efforts. To make a donation or to learn how you can join their network click here.

“Military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their careers, the last thing they need to worry about is their pet’s care during their service commitments. Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner’s service commitments. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency.” -http://dogsondeployment.org

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Ask the Vet- “Please don’t go!”: How to help your dog through separation anxiety

How many of us have come home to find that our beloved dog has destroyed the sofa cushions or worse, chewed up your favorite pair of shoes. This may be due to a problem called separation anxiety. Separation anxiety (SA) is actually one of the most common behavioral problems seen in dogs. Not only can SA manifest as destructive chewing behavior but dogs with SA may bark, howl, dig, or urinate and defecate in the house when left alone.

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