"Good News" Magazine Sept. '17 PP issue to publish online - Page 8

- PET HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS - Fall Hazards for Pets Autumn is a favorite time for many people and their pets. Great walking weather, a chance to show off new sweaters (lol), piles of leaves to jump in...but keep in mind that the fall months also present a host of hidden dangers for our four-legged friends. As always, it's good to be aware of such risks to ensure the safety of your pet, while taking full advantage of the wonderful weather. Dangerous yard chemicals: Be sure to keep weed spray and pesticides out of your pet's reach. This includes compost piles, which, although organic, can still be toxic. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, see your veterinarian or call the Animal Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435. (Note: NOT a free service - a $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.) Be sure to grab the container or box your pet got into for the list of ingredients to determine potential harmful substances. Fallen Fruit: Many trees are shedding their fruit throughout this season, and while you may think it's healthy for your dog to snack on an apple, their seeds contain cyanide, which can make animals extremely ill over a peri- od of time, or if they eat a large amount in one outing. Stone fruit and larger seeds can also pose a chok- ing hazard. See a veterinarian if your pet starts vomiting or has diarrhea after ingesting any fruit lying on the ground. That includes cherries, holly berries, black walnuts, and chestnuts. Mushrooms: Along the same lines, mushrooms can be dangerous, even deadly, to dogs. While many are okay, it's best to keep your pet away from all of them to be safe. If you suspect ingestion and your dog is exhibiting signs of distress, see your vet or call poison control right away. Leaves and Branches: While playful dogs love to run and jump through piles of leaves just like kids, be careful of sharp branches that could pose a hazard for your dog's eyes and mouth. Also, do a complete tick check after exposure, as they often hide in piles of leaves and brush. Snakes: If you walk in wooded areas, be on the watch for poisonous snakes and steer clear of nests. Do a little research to be able to identify a poisonous snake from a harmless one. Venomous snakes typically have triangular heads and slits rather than round pupils, although you don't want to get that close to check! Snakes that are multi-colored and ones that rattle their tails are also usually dangerous. If your dog comes in from the yard with unidentified swelling, appears to be in pain, and is drooling or breathing rapidly, check his body for puncture wounds. Prompt medical care is essential if your dog get 2&GFV'6R667WƖW3vRF2FW6wB6VVƖRV6b&6Fw2W7V6ǒWW2&RG&wVVBvFWr6ЦvW26֖rFRW6RB֖vB&RFVFVBFvr&bV627&2"WfV&6Ч6vW7F6VB6W6RGVג6R'WB6r2&vW"F&VBvFFR7B&6FV2&VpV2V62V62W&6W'2vVR7F62&GFVBvVRW"6Ɨ2Bv2&W'27F2`FW7F&6vR6VFR7vVƖrbFR&FVf֗FrBF'&V&VgW6FVBfWfW"@vVW726VRW"fWBVFFVǒbW"FrF72bFW6R7F2`w6FfVǒWG26WFV&W