Harvest Safety for Pets

Happy Fall!

It’s that time of year, harvest is here. Farmers are in the fields, which means the mice are heading out of the fields and into anywhere warm they can find. We’ve done a previous post on the dangers of mouse/rat poison, but we really wanted to send out a reminder for the season.

When autumn hits, we know we will see an influx of poisoned pets. Many being farm dogs, who don’t show symptoms until they are in critical condition. Some symptoms don’t make themselves fully present until it might be too late.

Symptoms to be on the look out for:

  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pale gums
  • Coughing (with blood)
  • Vomiting (with blood)
  • Bloody nose
  • Swelling or bumps on the skin (hematomas)
  • Collapse
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Loss of appetite

If you are seeing any signs listed above in your pet, please contact us as soon as possible. Unfortunately we see too many cases that result in death, and we don’t want to have anyone experience losing their pet this way. We understand rodent control is a major thing in the fall, but please keep out of reach or covered/contained safely. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!

Happy Harvest everyone, be safe!

-Holmes Animal Clinic Staff


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