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Keeping your pet safe this fall

Published: Sep 28, 2012

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Now that autumn has officially arrived, pet health experts say it's important for pet owners to consider some potential dangers of the season.

While the cooler weather may drive many pet owners outdoors more often with their furry friends, it may also cause rodents, such as mice, to go indoors. According to the ASPCA, the use of rodenticides increases during the fall as humans try to keep these pests out of their homes. If you use these products, it's important to remember to be extremely careful with them and put them in locations where they cannot be accessed by your pet.

Fleas and ticks on dogs and cats may also be a problem for some pet owners this time of year. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, ticks can be active all year round, even in the fall and winter. Flea infestations can continue until a hard freeze occurs outside, reports. Pet owners can reduce their animal's risk of getting fleas or ticks by speaking with their veterinarian about preventative treatments.

Remember that cats and dogs share the same fleas. So, if you have an indoor cat, she can become infested by the same fleas your dog brings inside. That's just one reason why flea control for dogs is important even when the weather turns cooler.

If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors this fall, make sure he always has clean water and appropriate shelter from the cold, windy weather. Additionally, the ASPCA recommends feeding animals who exercise heavily outdoors, or who live outdoors, more food during the cooler months. reminds pet owners to gradually introduce pets to cooler weather and not leave them outdoors in uncomfortably cold conditions for an extended length of time.

Animal experts say that pets may also be at an increased risk of being bitten by a snake during the fall. As snakes prepare for hibernation, they may become irritated and are more likely to bite pets who intrude upon their terrain. It's important to keep your animals away from possible snake-infested areas, especially during the fall, according to the ASPCA.

Other seasonal hazards include Halloween candy and school supplies that can be accidentally ingested by your pet. Remember that foods such as candy, chocolate and other sweets as well as some household products can make your pet sick if eaten.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.