As autumn begins, it’s a good time to remind pet owners about some of the dangers their furry friends could face this season.

It doesn’t look like tick season is going to be over for a while, as ticks are active anytime it’s above freezing. Follow your vet’s recommendation regarding how long to give your pets preventative tick treatment.

Wild Mushrooms
Thanks to damp leaf piles, a variety of mushrooms could be growing on hiking paths, parks or even in your own backyard. While not all mushroom varieties are toxic, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and keep pets away from any type of wildly growing mushrooms.

Rat Poison
When the temperature drops, mice and rats can start entering homes and garages. In response, some homeowners put out rat poison, which could also be tempting for your pets. Never use any type of rodenticide in your home where a pet could potentially be exposed, and keep your furry friends out of neighbours’ properties where poison is being used.

Many people use antifreeze in their vehicles, but not many are aware that this sweet-smelling poisonous substance attracts animals. Just ingesting a little antifreeze can kill a medium-sized dog, so it’s imperative that you’re diligent with your use of this toxic substance at home and when out walking your pets.

There are a number of dangers to your pets in the fall, and sometimes even if you take every precaution, an accident can happen. That’s why it’s essential to have the protection of pet insurance. You can earn up to 4,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points1 when you enrol, and health coverage includes up to 80% reimbursement for veterinary costs, including X-rays, hospitalization, surgery, dental care and prescriptions.

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1 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.