Cooler outdoor temperatures and holidays make fall a fun time to spend with your dog. Just make sure you keep the following tips in mind, so your dog can have a healthy autumn.
- Check for ticks. These pests can attach themselves to your dog in order to feed on blood. Ticks are known for spreading certain types of infections, so it’s important to remove them from your dog right away.
- Use flea and tick prevention. Talk to your vet about using one of these products to reduce your dog’s risk of getting sick. Ticks and fleas are both active during fall.
- Keep chocolate out of reach. If you give out candy for Halloween or if you have kids that go trick or treating, make sure your dog can’t get into any. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and can lead to life-threatening conditions.
- Steer clear of mushrooms. Some kinds of wild mushrooms are toxic to dogs. Mushrooms typically grow in fall, especially when it’s wet outside, so keep your dog away from them when you’re out for walks.
- Watch out for rodenticides. Some homeowners use mouse and rat poison in fall to prevent these pests from coming into their homes. If your dog shows signs of poisoning, such as lethargy, vomiting or trouble breathing, seek veterinary care immediately.
- Don’t overfeed your dog. Dogs that are less active in cooler weather usually don’t need as much food, since they’re not burning up as much energy. Ask your vet about the right amount of food to give your pet this fall.
- Clear away debris. If your dog runs around your yard during fall, remove hazardous debris, such as pine cones and sharp sticks.
- Don’t let your dog eat acorns. Acorns are considered toxic to dogs, and they can lead to life-threatening intestinal blockages if they’re eaten.
- Manage seasonal allergies. Dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies. If your dog is sensitive to mold or ragweed, ask your vet about safe ways to manage this condition.
- Add pumpkin to your dog’s diet. Pumpkin provides your dog with nutrients. Keep in mind that dogs with some health conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease, might not be able to eat pumpkin. Check with your vet first if your dog has any chronic conditions.
Following these tips will allow you and your dog to make the most of this season without any unexpected trips to the vet.