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Conkers, acorns and antifreeze - Autumn is here

Monday, October 03, 2016

The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping now that autumn has arrived. Watch out for these autumnal hazards and protect your pets at this time of year:


  • Antifreeze is extremely deadly to pets, and with its sweet palatable taste it can be very tempting for animals to ingest. Please seek veterinary attention immediately if you suspect your pet has had access to antifreeze.  


  • Conkers and acorns can make your pet very poorly if eaten or swallowed, causing gastrointestinal upsets or blockages.  


  • Fleas and ticks can be a real problem during the autumn season, particularly with the central heating being switched on. Ensure you use a suitable prevention treatment during this time and check your pet regularly for these nasty critters.  


  • Firework night is just around the corner and can cause a lot of undue stress for some pets. Read our ‘Firework fear’ blog for more information.  

  • Protect your outdoor pets from the colder temperatures – rabbit and guinea pig hutches should be moved indoors or to a more sheltered area such as a garage or shed. Provide them with extra bedding to keep them warm. Tip: to stop their water bottle from freezing, wrap it in some bubble wrap!  


  • Beware of cats under cars or bonnets – always honk the horn of your car or bang on the bonnet before starting it as cats tend to use cars as a bed for the night.  


  • Dark mornings and evenings can make walking the dog less appealing, however, make sure you still keep up their regular exercise otherwise you could see the pounds starting to pile on.  


  • Stay safe walking in the dark – keep your personal safety in mind when walking your dog during the darker hours. Stay in well-lit areas and ideally with somebody else, and always carry your mobile phone with you in case of emergencies.

If you are worried about your pet or would like further information on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact your nearest surgery.


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