As summertime starts to unwind and the changing leaves mark the end of hot, stifling weather, family pets anxiously await the cooler weather. This shifting of the seasons ushers in comfort, but can also offer certain possible dangers that are special to the season. Learning to identify these hazards will keep your pet away from trouble and comfortable in the newly arriving season.

Managing To Keep Warm
As the season changes, particularly in the northern part of the country, vehicles kept outdoors become attractive places for cats as they try to warm themselves in the engine compartment. They may suffer fan belt injuries if they can’t get out from under your hood promptly. A good safety measure to take may be to beep your horn three times and after that wait five to ten seconds prior to cranking the engine. To be beyond safe you may perhaps even want to open the hood and conduct a visual assessment. Your neighbor’s cat will thank you.

While on the topic of heat, animals that enjoy a greater part of their time outdoors will need some additional attention during this time. Continue to brush your family pet (especially dogs), but let their fur grow out and don’t comb out their undercoat. Frostbite is also a consideration in extremely cold weather. Just as in humans, household pets are susceptible to frostbite on the extremities. Paws, ears, nose and tail need to be inspected for gray or red color skin that is painful to the touch. Extreme frostbite will show as painless and very hard to the touch. Seek professional help right away if you suspect your pet has frostbite. These family pets will also require more food as their body systems will use more energy to generate more heat. Check their water as frequently as you can to make certain it’s not iced up.

Household Chemical Safeties
Be careful when taking care of and using chemicals around the house. Salt used for melting snow and ice on sidewalks may possibly be extremely aggravating if it gets in between your pet’s toes. Take precautions when winterizing your vehicle as antifreeze has a sweet taste that can entice pets, but is extremely toxic. Consider investing in safer, animal friendly antifreeze.

Keeping Lively Inside Your Home
Last but not least, if your family pet will be killing more time inside your home, they may not be getting the physical exercise they need to use up energy. Find an activity your cat can possibly do inside your home to remain active such as scratching posts, batting a ball or climbing stackable cubes will help them relax. When it comes to dogs, focusing on training sessions may not be as physically challenging, but the concentration needed may possibly be equally as exhausting. The included benefit is a well behaved dog in your house. Fall weather might be beautiful and the cool temperatures can come as a reprieve. Keeping your pet safe doesn’t take very much effort and by doing this you can take pleasure in the season with each other.