Autumn’s Dangers for Dogs

Fall is the perfect time to be outside with our furry family members. The weather is ideal for both humans and dogs, however, there are some hidden dangers we need to stay aware of while we’re enjoying our walk with our four-legged friend.

1. Fleas

Fleas reach their peak in the Fall. Fleas don’t disappear until temperatures are consistently in the 30’s or lower.

2. Antifreeze

It only takes a few licks of antifreeze to kill a small to medium sized dog. Be careful to keep your dog away from the obvious places, like driveways, where antifreeze settles as well as preventing your furry friend from drinking from puddles or streams where antifreeze may have runoff.

3. Mushrooms/Fungus

The perfect environment for mushrooms to grow is under a damp pile of leaves. While not all mushrooms are toxic, it is safest to keep your furry friend away from the wild mushrooms. Check your yard daily as mushrooms can sprout up overnight. Remove and dispose of them to ensure your dog’s safety.

4. Fruits & Nuts

While you’re checking your yard for mushrooms, pick up any tree nuts that may have fallen as they can be fatal to your dog. Fallen fruits, such as apples, plums, or apricots which contain toxic seeds, should also be removed.

5. Shorter Days

This means many dogs will get their walks after sunset. With reduced visibility, you might want to use an LED collar light or reflective collar as well as light colored clothing for yourself. Carrying a flashlight is wise as it allows the oncoming cars to see you more easily. A flashlight also enables you to be able to keep your furry friend from snacking on potentially harmful road kill.

6. Fall Foods

Most people know to avoid chocolate, sugar-free sweets, and onions. There are some other foods that can be just as harmful. Grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin that can lead to kidney failure. You also want to refrain from giving your furry family member turkey skin, dark meat, ham, and gravy. These foods are high in fat and can lead to a lifelong and painful condition known as pancreatitis. Even though some nuts are safe, it’s best to avoid giving your dog any. Nature’s Animals Biscuits are a safe and tasty treat for your precious furry family member.

7. Sweater Weather

Along with the cooler weather comes the need for sweaters. If your sweaters are packed in mothballs make sure that the mothballs are safely out of reach of pets. They contain a high concentration of chemicals, if ingested, they can cause anemia, lethargy, vomiting, and liver or kidney damage. If swallowed, they can cause choking or an intestinal blockage. Cedar chips/block or an essential oil sachet are a pleasant smelling natural alternatives.

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