During the summer, we discussed how to protect your dog from pet heat stroke. In our last post, we talked about handling your dog’s back to school separation anxiety. Part of going back to school means that after a hot summer, fall is right around the corner. While the cooler weather will be a very nice change, it also brings up several important health issues for dogs:
Start Watching Out for Antifreeze Now
Antifreeze is a substance that’s used in vehicles and is highly toxic to dogs. What makes it especially dangerous is it has a sweet smell that dogs are attracted to it and will then try to lick. Unfortunately, less than two tablespoons can kill a ten pound dog. While antifreeze spills are most common during the winter, they can occur during the fall, which is why it’s worth being on the lookout for them starting now.
Don’t Forget About the Dangers of Candy
Halloween is a big part of fall. For many households, that means lots of candy. There are also plenty of other fall events that can involve candy. Although there’s nothing wrong with satisfying your sweet tooth by having a little extra candy throughout the fall, just remember that the same isn’t true for your dog. It only takes a little bit of chocolate to make your dog sick or even worse, so be sure candy is kept in a secure location where there’s no chance of your dog being able to reach it.
Ticks Can Still Be Active in the Fall
Once the cold of winter sinks in, the chances of your dog having any issues with ticks go way down. However, temperatures are still warm enough through most of fall for ticks to remain active. That’s why there are two things you should do for your dog. First, continue using a tick control and/or repellent product. Second, be sure to manually check your dog for ticks after it’s been around any taller grass. Even though most control and repellent products are quite effective, it’s still worth taking a close look at your dog to ensure that none slipped by.
Use Rat Poison and Rodenticides with Caution
As the temperature starts dipping lower, rodents like mice may try scurrying inside for warmth. This leads many people to using rodenticides. Just be aware that a lot of those poisons can be toxic to dogs as well. So even if you aren’t using any, be sure you know if a neighbor is utilizing them near a fence or anywhere else your dog may be able to access.
If any changes are happening to your schedule this fall and you want to be sure that your dog gets all the care and attention it needs during the day, be sure to take a look at our dog daycare service!