Fall pet safety tips

(from ASPCA Pet Health Insurance)

Antifreeze and pets don’t mix. Your pet may be inclined to lick up this sweet tasting, but toxic chemical. Check the ground for spills after you use antifreeze, and store it safely out of reach.

Use rodenticides carefully. Rodenticides lure mice and rats, but they can also attract your pet. Read directions carefully and take precautions to keep your pet safe from these chemicals.

Candy is a “no-no.” Halloween candy and its wrappings can make your pet sick if ingested. Also, while jack-o-lanterns and maize are relatively non-toxic, they can upset your pet’s tummy.

Human medications can be harmful. They topped the ASPCA’s list of common hazards for the past few years. Be careful—your pet can grab a bottle off a counter or eat pills dropped on the floor.

If your pet does ingest poison, the ASPCA® Poison Control Center (APCC) can help at 1-888-426-4435. A consultation fee may apply, a portion of which is covered by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.

Keep these fall tips in mind and the phone number of the APCC handy just in case. If you’d like to prepare financially for pet medical emergencies, get a free quote from ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. Poison ingestion is covered by all levels of coverage, and the ASPCA benefits from every plan that’s purchased!