To ensure you know the dangers associated with autumn in Hawick, we have compiled together some guidance to ensure you all stay safe as we transition between seasons.
The changes brought about with the clocks going back next month bring an increase in pet-related road traffic accidents and catfights. The change in routine as a result of the time difference can unsettle our pets, who often prefer routine, therefore, altering your routine a few weeks before the change can ensure your pet will be less affected and experience less routine disruption.
Piles of leaves are fun to jump in, but once they start to decay underneath, they harbour large amounts of bacteria and mould.
Although they may look appetising to dogs, conkers are toxic if chewed or ingested, and can cause blockages if swallowed.
Antifreeze (ethylene glycol)
This liquid is sweet-tasting to pets and if ingested it can be extremely dangerous. The liquid is rapidly absorbed and can cause severe kidney damage. In one study involving 25 cases, 96% of those affected by antifreeze sadly died. Make sure your cats have access to fresh water, and don’t allow dogs to drink from puddles where cars may have parked.
Blue-green algae is mainly present from late spring to early autumn and looks like a blue-green layer on the water. Dogs who swim are most at risk but be sure to avoid known infected waters, or avoid letting your dog swim or drink from lakes or ponds.
As the seasons start to change and we see the cold creeping in, we start to see pets suffering from arthritis become stiffer and less mobile. If you’ve noticed any change in your pet during the colder months, we can assess them to see how we can help them feel more comfortable. We will also be dedicating November to our older pets – giving you all the latest information and advice for caring for your older companions so keep a look out for further information in the coming weeks.
It’s a good job our health plan covers the cost of prescription-strength flea treatment and wormers because even during the winter months, we still see pets with fleas. They like the warmth, and with households keeping the heating on during cold spells, this can keep those pesky fleas breeding in the house. Keep them at bay by making sure you’ve collected your pet’s treatment this month.
If you have any worries or concerns during the autumn time, please don’t hesitate to contact us in Hawick.