We love fall – changing colors, beautiful weather, fun holidays, and more time with family. Speaking of family, the months during the fall months can also bring hidden dangers for our pets that we think you should know about. The entire team at Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic is here to answer your questions and help you get an appointment scheduled if you need to see us. We hope these fall safety tips will keep your pet happy during the next few months.

Watch Out For Wildlife

We know the Brodheadsville area offers a ton of great outdoor spaces for us to get outside with our dogs and we love all of it. However, be sure to keep a close eye on your pet and monitor the surrounding area for wildlife. Did you know that the fall months are when snakes are preparing for hibernation? While spending time with your pets outside, be sure to keep them close and walk only in well-lit areas, especially at night.

Stay Away From Mushrooms

Mushrooms begin to appear in the fall and can potentially be life-threatening for your pets. 99% of mushrooms will cause no harm to your pets but 1% can be potentially fatal, we think it’s best not to take the risk and to keep your pets far away from areas where they grow. If you ever see or suspect that your pet has ingested a mushroom, be sure to contact us immediately. If this happens after hours, we recommend you call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.

School Supplies Can Be Dangerous

Back-to-school shopping is so much fun for the entire family, right? New pens, paper, pencils, markers, glue sticks and more can help your children be prepared to be their best at school. Of course, those same items can cause health issues if left on the floor for your pets to chew on and ingest. While none of these things are necessarily fatal for your pet, they can cause severe stomach issues and blockages that can become deadly. Be sure to keep school supplies out of the reach of your pets!

If you have any additional questions about what you should be looking out for around your home, we’re here to help. If you find yourself in an unfortunate situation, be sure to contact our team immediately so that we can take care of your pet.