Beware of Autumn Dangers for Your Pet

One of the benefits of living in Minnesota is we get to experience four distinct seasons. While each one has exciting new things to offer, transitioning to a new season also means new opportunities for your pet to get into something that he shouldn't. It's up to you as the pet owner to minimize the dangers, but that can be difficult when you don't realize what they are. After all, you think like a person and not a dog or cat. The tips below will help you make your home and yard safe this fall season and beyond.

School Supplies autumn-dangers

By now, all public and private schools are back in session. That means your child's backpack has many things your pet wants to explore. This includes school supplies like glue sticks, markers, and pencils as well as medications and food. Your pet could easily swallow something that is toxic to her system. Be sure to instruct your children to keep their backpacks out of reach of the family pets or to remove the contents and keep them in their bedroom with the door closed.

Rodent Traps and Poisons

As the temperature drops outside, rats and other rodents seek shelter inside your home. Naturally, you don't want to share your living space with these critters so you put out traps inside your home or spray the outside perimeter. Unfortunately, some of these rodenticides can be deadly to dogs and cats. If you have a pest control problem, speak to us at Cedar Pet Clinic about the best options for keeping them away while ensuring that your own animals remain safe.


For as much as we love fall around here, we know the cold winter season is right on its heels. That's why many people decide to change the antifreeze in their car while the weather is still warm. If some of the antifreeze spills onto the driveway, your dog or cat may confuse it for water and try to drink it. Sadly, consuming only one or two teaspoons of antifreeze can kill your pet. To avoid such a tragedy, be sure to clean up immediately after changing your car's fluids and keep your pet away from the area entirely.

Holiday Decorations

Labor Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are the most popular holidays in the fall. Of these, people tend to decorate the most at Halloween. Pets are naturally curious about anything new, so be certain to keep any decorations that could hurt them out of their reach. It's also important to avoid giving your pet chocolate and other seasonal treats that could make him sick.

Portable Heating Devices and Fireplaces

When it's only slightly cool outside, most people aren't ready to turn on the furnace just yet. They may use a plug-in heater instead that can be moved from one room to the next. If your pet decides to check out the device, she could burn herself or even knock it over and start a fire. Pets can also get into a fireplace or the equipment you use to manage it. Be sure to unplug heaters and cover your fireplace when you're not at home and supervise your pet closely around them when you are home.

Handling an Emergency

If your pet becomes suddenly ill or sustains an injury, please contact us immediately during regular business hours. Outside of normal office hours, please call the Animal Emergency and Referral Center or the Pet Poison Hotline.


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