There are certain considerations that must be made as the days grow shorter when it comes to your dog’s health and wellbeing. Listed here are five tips for keeping your dog safe in Autumn and Winter.
The first sign that summer is ending is less daylight. When you take your dog for an evening walk, make sure you are able to maintain visibility of your pet at all times. If you walk your dog off-leash, invest in an LED collar that provides extra visibility in low-light conditions.
Avoid Piles of Leaves
Although it can be tempting to encourage your dog to romp in a freshly raked pile of leaves, avoid the urge. Leaf piles can contain dangerous and hidden objects, such as pointed sticks or a wayward rake.
Beware of Rodenticides
As the weather grows colder, rodents such as rats and mice seek shelter indoors. The consequence is that more homeowners set out rat poison to control the population of these pests. However, rodenticides are one of the leading pet poisons. If you develop a rodent problem in your house, consult a specialist about solutions that are safe for your pets.
Keep Mushrooms Off-Limits
Mushrooms tend to bloom as the weather cools. While most mushrooms are relatively safe for dogs, the small percentage that are not can cause serious health problems, including death. Teach your dog the “leave it” and “drop it” commands while also encouraging them to avoid mushrooms during walks and in the yard.
Know the Dangers of Holiday Treats
For many people, Fall and Winter mean special holiday treats, especially during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. However, many of these treats contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs. Every year, thousands of pets wind up at the veterinarian’s office because they snuck chocolate out of a child’s trick-or-treat bag, or stole a fruitcake from the kitchen counter. The most common holiday pet poisons include:
- Liquid Potpourri
- Macadamia Nuts
Know the symptoms of poisoning, which commonly include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, excessive panting, and lethargy. When in doubt, seek medical attention as some poisons (such as xylitol) can kill pets within hours of ingestion.
Even though the changing seasons can bring new risks for pets, many potential disasters are preventable with proper preparation and due diligence.
Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.