The fall gives your pooch a bit of time outside where the summer’s heat is gone and the winter isn’t quite here yet. It can be a more comfortable time for playing and walking, but the autumn also presents a variety of new dangers that can harm your dog. Keep an eye out for these seasonal hazards to make sure your dog gets to the winter unscathed.
Whether you have a bowl of Halloween candy around the house to be festive or your kids are pouring their candy all over the floor after a long night of trick-or-treating, it’s important that your dog doesn’t get a chance to eat these treats.
Chocolate is famously toxic to dogs, but so is the artificial sweetener xylitol, The Humane Society of the U.S. explained. Raisins are also a danger and may be mixed in with some Halloween candy. Aside from toxic substances, the sticks in lollipops and other candy may present serious digestive issues if your dog swallows them.
The best defense against these dangers is to keep candy out of your dog’s reach and teach your children about the dangers of these substances, so that they don’t slip the pup a piece of candy.
Dogs may love Thanksgiving. It’s a chance to interact with people and there are great smells all around. But beware feeding your dog scraps and food under the table, since not only can this be bad for your dog’s appetite and weight, but some foods may be poisonous. Consult the Humane Society’s website for a list of poisonous foods. Items such as potato leaves and yeast dough used during Thanksgiving preparations are also dangerous.
Also called mums or daisies, chrysanthemums are beautiful flowers that bloom in the fall and are common alongside pumpkins and other fall decorations. However, as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals explained, these flowers are poisonous to dogs as well as cats. If dogs consume this plant, they may vomit, have diarrhea, dermatitis or drool more than usual. Contact your veterinarian or a poison helpline for advice if poisoning occurs.
If you want chrysanthemums in your home or outside, ensure that your dog won’t have unsupervised access to this plant.
Antifreeze is particularly dangerous because it tastes sweet. While it may be important to have this chemical around to stop your car and other machinery from freezing as the temperature drops, make sure your dog doesn’t have a chance to lap it up. Keep an eye for spills, leaks or unattended antifreeze that may be knocked over. Watch out for similar issues with two-stroke oil or gasoline used in leaf blowers and other machinery.
Rodent traps and poisons
When the outdoor temperatures drop outside, it’s not just your dog who wants to come in – mice and rats do too. Make sure that rodenticides meant for these pests don’t end up harming your dog. Consider non-poison approaches to your pest problem or at least make it impossible for a curious pup to consume the poison.
Cold weather can also attribute to discomfort associated with canine arthritis by making your dog’s joints feel achier and more painful than normal. If you notice your dog is more hesitant to jump, run or walk, the weather may be contributing to discomfort. Talk to your veterinarian about carprofen drugs such as Rimadyl for pain and joint relief.
The biggest danger of the fall is that it can get cold unexpectedly. Just as heat presents a problem during the summer, your dog shouldn’t be trapped outside or in a car if it gets cold. Keep your dog inside if you suspect it’s too cold, even if she’s used to spending all day outdoors.