Autumn Safety for Dogs

Summer is officially over, and autumn is upon us. For people with dogs, this is a great time of year to enjoy some relaxing strolls with your canine buddy, and enjoy the changing foliage and crisp weather. Fall can be dangerous for dogs, however, so you do want to take a few precautions to keep your pup happy and healthy. Here, a Greenwood, IN vet lists some autumn care tips for Fido.

Weather

Autumn nights can get quite chilly! Make sure Fido has a comfy bed to snuggle up in. Dogs with thin fur may need a doggy jacket on cold days. If your pooch has a doghouse, give that a good cleaning, and make sure it’s well-insulated and ready for winter.

Foliage

Many seasonal plants are poisonous to pets. Mushrooms are one example: while many varieties are safe, the ones that are toxic tend to be highly toxic. Leaf piles are another concern, as they can harbor mold and bacteria. Plus, they make tempting nests for wild critters!

Wild Animals

In autumn, many wild animals are preparing to hibernate, and are more aggressive than usual. Keep Fido leashed whenever you take him off your property, and avoid walking him in wild or wooded areas. It’s also important to make sure your pooch is current on his vaccinations, such as his rabies vaccine.

Halloween

Halloween can be lots of fun, but it can also be dangerous. Be sure to keep decorations, candles, and costume pieces in high, secure spots your pet can’t reach. Keep that candy bowl away from Fido as well! Many of those seasonal sweets contain ingredients that are poisonous to dogs, such as chocolate, nuts, and xylitol. Increased traffic is also an issue. If your pooch has a yard to play in, make sure your fencing is secure. It’s also not a bad idea to keep your furry buddy indoors, in a quiet back room with food, toys, and bedding, once trick-or-treaters start to arrive.

Chemicals

As the weather cools, many people fill their cars with antifreeze, and prep their lawns and gardens for winter. This is also a popular time for people to apply pesticides and rodenticides. These chemicals are all highly poisonous to Fido! Take care not to expose your pooch to toxins.

Do you need to make an appointment for your pet? Contact us, your Greenwood, IN animal clinic, today!

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