September 23rd marks the first day of fall! Although we are looking forward to pumpkin-spiced-everything and sweater weather, we want to make sure Rover stays safe this autumn.
With Fall's changing climate and upcoming holidays, there are a few dangers to be aware of:
1. Antifreeze is a killer.
Use caution when preparing your car for the cold weather ahead, and avoid antifreeze leaking on your garage flood or driveway. If Rover ingests this stuff, an emergency trip to the vet is in order.
2. Nick-nack-patty-wack DON’T give a dog a bone.
Bones cannot be digested and can cause serious damage to your dog’s stomach. When a bone is chewed and broken, it can create sharp shards that are dangerous for your pooch.
3. Toxic, wild mushrooms abound.
All mushrooms are toxic to dogs, and mushrooms love to grow in the fall. Symptoms of mushroom poisoning include, but not limited to: mild vomiting, diarrhea, severe digestive problems, and complete liver failure.
4. Not-so-fun sized candy.
As Halloween approaches, it is even more important to make sure the candy is out of pups reach. The top three deadly treats include: chocolate, raisins, and sugar-free sweetener often called “xylitol.” Not only can candy damage your dogs’ organs, but their wrappers can cause intestinal blockage, as well. If your dog shows signs of lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, a trip to the vet may be in order due to consuming candy.
5. Creepy crawlers not welcome.
Spiders seem to make their debut in the Fall, and some can be extremely poisonous. Bug spray around the perimeter of your home to prevent spiders from venturing inside. Spider bites from a brown recluse or black widow cause sharp pain at the site of the bite. Shortly following, the dog can develop intense excitability, fever, weakness, and muscle and joint pains. Seizures, shock, and death can occur, especially with the bite of a black widow. An antivenin is available to treat these bites. If your dog exhibits agitation, face scratching, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, or seizures, take him at once to the nearest vet for treatment of anaphylactic shock. Great tips here.
6. Do you want to build a snowman?
As temperatures drop, bring Rover inside!! If you’re cold, they’re cold. Make a dog area with toys, blankets, and a dog bed in your laundry room or garage if you do not want your dog roaming the house. If your dog starts to get restless and distructive, play a game of fetch up-and-down the stairs. This exercise can burn energy without having to brave the elements.
Now that you know the risks, go reap the rewards! Have fun this fall, and roll in a pile of leaves!