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4 Fall Pet Safety Tips, Part 1

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It’s hard to believe that fall is finally here. If you’re like us, you’re probably looking forward to the cooler days and the gorgeous fall foliage. While fall is an exciting time, there are hazards to pets that all pet owners will want to be aware of so that you can keep all your four-legged friends healthy, happy, and safe. Today, we will look at four of the top pet safety tips for all pet owners to consider. Then, head on over to My Hooves and Paws to shop our extensive selection of all the top pet supplies online for fall, such as horse wormer, dog footwear, flea and tick prevention, and so much more.

Four Pet Safety Tips For Fall

Maintain Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks pose a serious threat to horses, dogs, cats, and other mammals. Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of their host. While fleas can cause mild to severe skin irritations, rashes, and itching for your pets, they pass dangerous parasites to your pets. Tapeworms are one of the most common parasite passed on to pets through fleas. Tapeworms can causes issues in your pet’s digestive system, and can causes weight loss, anemia, and other serious conditions that may become fatal if untreated.

Like fleas, ticks also feed on blood and cause various skin irritations in pets. Ticks can also cause more serious diseases in pets (and humans) such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Flea and tick prevention is essential to protecting your pet from these harmful critters. Fleas and ticks remain active well into the fall, especially in warmer regions of the United States, in woodland areas, and in grasslands. For instance, flea and tick season is year-round on the West Coast, in the Southwest, and the South. Visit the American Kennel Association (AKC) website to learn where your state falls on the flea and tick season spectrum. Maintain your pet’s flea and tick regimen into fall to keep them protected.

Be Aware of Mushroom Season

Autumn is a prime mushroom season, so it is crucial to stay away from mushroom patches while on walks in the wilderness with your pets. What’s more, mushrooms can spring up in droves with fall rain showers, so if you notice patches of mushrooms in your yard, take care of them immediately. Generally, most mushroom are not toxic. In fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests that only about 1 percent of mushrooms are highly toxic to pets that could become fatal. It’s best to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye your curious pups who might take a bite out of a mushroom cap while out on an autumn adventure.

Be Wary of Botfly Season

Botflies are a year-round problem for most horse owners. These annoying flies constantly hover around horses, especially during the hot summer months. While botflies do not typically bite horses, they do lay eggs on the skin of horses’ noses, chins, bellies, legs, and knees. Bot season starts in late summer through late fall. When a horse bites or licks and infected area, the larvae are transferred into the horses mouth and gradually (over the course of several months) make their way into the horse’s digestive system where they mature. They are then passed into the horse’s feces, allowing them to burrow into the ground to start the cycle all over again. This process can cause a horse discomfort and may interfere with their normal function. Taking the proper preventative precautions such as using different methods for insect control and using an effective horse wormer for parasite control such as Ivermectin worming paste and other forms of control can reduce their risk of becoming an incubator for bots.

Let Their Coat Grow

Just like humans who need their light fall coats and heavy winter coats, your pups need the protection their natural fur and hair provides them. If you have been shaving your dog’s coat to keep them cool during the hot summer heat, let their coat begin to grow back. This will give them a chance to gain back their full coat before the cool and cold temperatures set in for late fall and winter. Visit My Hooves and Paws to shop our extensive selection of dog grooming supplies to help keep your furry friends coat looking and feeling soft and clean.

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These are just some of the ways to keep your pets healthy and happy this fall, so join us next time as we look at even more useful autumn pet care tips. In the meantime, if you’re looking for all the top brands of horse supplies, dog products, cat toys, fish antibiotics, and so much more, visit My Hooves and Paws today, where we have something for all pets.

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