Fall Safety Tips for Pets from Canine Company

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In honor of Pet Wellness Month, Canine Company provides fall safety tips and solutions to help pet owners protect pets both inside and outside the house.

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It’s that time of year again, the leaves are beginning to fall, the days are getting shorter, and children everywhere are getting excited for Halloween. However, the change in season also means new hazards to be aware of. Canine Company (http://www.caninecompany.com), a distributor of Invisible Fence® Brand solutions provides pet owners with fall safety tips to help protect their four-legged family members.

Mushrooms are back in full swing and can pose a serious threat to your pet. Although 99% of mushrooms have little to no toxicity, it can be difficult to distinguish the highly toxic mushrooms from those that are harmless. The best practice is to keep your pet away from areas where any mushrooms are growing. The conker seed is another naturally growing hazard to be aware of. These nuts fall from the horse chestnut tree, and are highly poisonous if chewed or eaten by dogs. Additionally, they can cause a serious blockage if swallowed whole. Even the compost pile in your yard can also be dangerous to your pet’s health. Mycotoxins found in decomposing materials can cause hyperthermia, diarrhea, vomiting, and even seizures.

Electronic pet containment systems can be a low-cost, flexible, and effective way of keeping your pets away from certain areas of the yard. Available through Canine Company, Invisible Fence Brand® Indoor Shields® and Outdoor Rocks® (http://bit.ly/174ObcO) are wireless units that transmit a signal out from their center. If your dog or cat approaches an area he or she is not allowed to enter, a warning tone from the Computer Collar® will sound. After a few short training lessons, the pet will learn to stop when he or she hears this tone.

With Halloween right around the corner, candy and decorations are plentiful. It is common knowledge that chocolate is toxic to dogs, especially the baking types. Also, be sure to keep you pet away from raisins and treats containing xylitol, the sugar-free sweetener. Intestinal blockages can be caused from the ingestion of candy wrappers, lollipop sticks, as well as large quantities of pumpkin or decorative corn. Indoor Shields® (http://bit.ly/1elr59w) are the perfect solution to keep your pet away from the candy bowl and decorations. The wireless units can either be temporary or permanent fixtures, and can be hidden from view.

When it comes time for trick-or-treating, be aware that the excitement of the night can be confusing or frightening to pets. Don’t put your pet in a costume unless he or she is used to being dressed up and enjoys the experience. If a pet’s fur is covered, it can be difficult to read their body language when they are uncomfortable in a situation. If you do decide to take your pet trick-or-treating, make sure you both are visible. Since the days are getting shorter, it is also getting darker earlier. Illuminated collars, leashes, and charms (http://bit.ly/19nvJfl) are available for your pet for when you take him or her for a walk. They can even be useful to keep track of your pets while they are out in the yard at night.

If you decide to keep your pet at home, try to mask the trick-or-treating activity at the front door. Put your pet in a closed room with music or the TV on and be sure to close the curtains. This will help your pet stay calm while groups of children come to your door. Better yet, give your pet a treat or a puzzle (http://bit.ly/16kr6pT) to entertain them while you greet trick-or-treaters.

For more tips on pet care and safety, follow Canine Company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/12CFwjI or on Twitter @Canine_Company. For more information on Invisible Fence® brand pet containment systems in the Northeast, call 800-818-3647.

Canine Company is a family of pet lovers dedicated to fostering rewarding, lifelong relationships between pets and their owners by providing products and services to keep pets happy, healthy, and safe. Canine Company offerings include Invisible Fence® brand safety solutions, Manners in-home obedience training (available in select areas), and a variety of pet products. For media inquiries, please contact Audrey Lindner at marketing(at)caninecompany(dot)com.

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