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Hazards Your Pet May Encounter in Autumn

Protect your four-legged friends from seasonal poisons

A blonde-white dog with his ears back, wide eyes and pink nose sits facing the camera in a kitchen holding a silver metal food bowl in his mouth. The drawers on the left are light white wood with black handles, as are the cabinets on the right. A black stove is seen in the background with an aqua tiled backsplash and utensils hanging above it from a silver rod. There is a white and aqua checkered tea towel on the stove’s handle and a white and blue-striped carpet beneath the dog.

It’s that time of year when the leaves change colour, there’s a chill in the air and families gather for the holidays.

As you prepare for this festive time, it's important to know of potential dangers to your pet.

Unfit foods

When there’s a table full of culinary delights, there are likely adorable beggars nearby.

While you may want to give your pet a holiday treat, offering them human food can result in a trip to the vet.

Greasy foods like turkey, bacon and gravy can cause vomiting and diarrhea for your dog or cat.

If your pet eats something inedible, like a corn cob, string from a turkey or bones from poultry, it may cause choking and bowel obstructions.

Also watch out for desserts with the sweetener xylitol as it can result in liver damage, and raisins can cause kidney failure.

Tempting treats

Keep your Halloween stash for trick-or-treaters away from your pets.

Chocolate, especially dark varieties, contain theobromine, which is toxic to both dogs and cats. If they eat it, it can lead to pancreatitis, arrhythmia, seizures and death.

If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, contact your veterinarian right away, and look out for symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and hyperactivity.

Around the home

Winterizing your house, garage and cottage are part of home ownership, but it’s also important to pet-proof the exterior of your property.

Lock your green bin so your pet can’t get at food scraps.

If you have a separate compost area, fence it off. Decomposing organic matter contains molds that if eaten by your dog or cat can cause agitation, hyper-responsiveness, panting, drooling, vomiting and neurological issues.

Store household chemicals, like cleaning products, paint thinners and antifreeze, in tightly sealed containers and keep them out of reach.

Know the signs of pet poisoning from insecticides and rodenticides, which include weakness, vomiting, loss of appetite, bleeding from the mouth and nose, bruising, loss of coordination, tremors and convulsions.

While outside

Be wary if your dog or cat eats even a small portion of a mushroom while outdoors.

Wild mushrooms are common and some can cause gastrointestinal problems, organ failure or even death.

Immediately bring your pet—and any remaining portion of the mushroom—to the vet for examination and treatment.

Watch out for these common pet poisons and supervise your four-legged friends when outdoors this fall to ensure they’re safe and healthy all season long.

Keep your pets safe

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