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Don’t Let Your Pet Fall Into Trouble

Summer is starting to wind down and as you get ready for fall and back-to-school time, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the seasonal dangers your pet might encounter.

Rodent Poisons
Rat and mouse poison use increases in fall as rodents seek shelter from colder temps. Rodenticides—even the ones that say they’re “pet safe”—can be highly toxic and even fatal to pets.

Vehicle Coolants/Antifreeze
Fall is the time when many people change their vehicle’s coolant/antifreeze. Some of these liquids are tasty to pets, so make sure all spills are cleaned up or switch to propylene glycol-based coolants, which are less toxic.

Avoid Mushrooms
99% of mushrooms are harmless—but the 1% that are toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Most poisonous mushrooms are hard to distinguish from non-toxic ones, so keep pets away from areas where mushrooms grow.

Stash the School Supplies
Glue sticks, pencils, and magic markers are low toxicity for pets, but their shapes and smells make them attractive as chew toys. Gastrointestinal and upset blockages can occur if ingested, so be sure your children keep their school supplies out of paw’s reach.

Contact us at 503-227-6047 or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested something harmful.