To ensure you know the dangers associated with autumn, we have compiled together our guidance as we transition from spring to autumn. We want you all to stay safe this season in and around Birmingham.
The changes with the clocks going back next month sees an increase in pet-related road traffic accidents and cat fights. The change in routine from the time difference can unsettle our pets, who often prefer routine – changing your routine a few weeks before the change, starting now! This ensures there is less routine disruption and ensures your pet will be less affected.
Piles of leaves are fun to jump in, but once they start to decay underneath – they harbour large amounts of bacteria and mould.
Although they may look appetising to dogs – conkers are toxic if chewed or ingested and can cause blockages if swallowed.
Antifreeze (ethylene glycol)
This liquid is sweet tasting to pets and if ingested it is extremely dangerous. The liquid is rapidly absorbed and can cause severe kidney damage. One study, involving 25 cases, 96% of those affected by antifreeze sadly died. Make sure your cats have access to fresh water and don’t allow dogs to drink from puddles where cars may have parked.
Blue green algae
Blue green algae is mainly present from late spring to early autumn and looks like a blue/green layer on the water. Dogs who swim are most at risk but be sure to avoid known infected waters or avoid letting your dog swim or drink from lakes or ponds.
As the seasons start to change and we see the cold creeping in, we start to see pets becoming stiffer and less mobile if they’re suffering with arthritis. If you’ve noticed any change in the colder months, we can assess your pet to see how we can help them feel more comfortable. We will also be dedicating November to our older pets – giving you all the latest information and advice for caring for your older companions so keep a look out for further information in the coming weeks.
It’s a good job our health plan covers the cost of prescription strength flea treatment and wormers, because even during the winter months, we still see pets with fleas. Although fleas like the warmth, households keep the heating on during cold spells and this can keep those pesky fleas breeding in the house. Make sure you’ve collected your pet’s treatment this month if you’re a member.
If you have any worries or concerns during the autumn time, please don’t hesitate to contact us.