Autumn Hazards for Dogs

Fall is a beautiful time of year. Autumn does bring some specific hazard for our canine friends, however, along with the changing leaves and cooler temperatures. Read on for information from a Myrtle Beach, SC veterinarian about some of the dangers fall poses for Fido.

Candy

Candy is definitely a big part of autumn seasonal festivities, but those sweets can make Fido very sick. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins, and xylitol are all very dangerous to your furry pal. Be sure to keep all the goodies away from your canine buddy.

Decorations

Autumn’s seasonal decorations can be both fun and whimsical. Your canine friend, however, could get in serious trouble if he tries to eat or play with them. Keep your pup in mind when decorating your home.

Weather

Fido may have a fur coat, but he’s still vulnerable to weather. Senior dogs, sick dogs, and puppies are particular sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Keep your pooch inside when it’s chilly, and avoid taking him from warm to cold zones too rapidly.

Snakes

In autumn, many snakes are looking for a place to hunker down for the winter. Reptiles tend to get a bit cranky when they start preparing for hibernation. Don’t let Fido explore piles of leaves or debris, or anything that may look like a cozy spot for a serpent to curl up in.

Chemicals

Fall is the time for many people to apply pesticides and rodenticides, fertilize lawns and gardens, and put antifreeze in vehicles. All of these things are extremely toxic to dogs! Fido could get sick just by licking his paws after playing on grass that was recently treated. Be very careful not to expose your dog to dangerous chemicals.

Costumes

Fido sometimes gets in on the fun of dressing up for Halloween. He’s worn some very cute and funny outfits, and been a spider, a hot dog, a dinosaur, and even a pirate, to name a few. While these costumes are certainly hilarious and adorable, always put your pup’s safety first. Never put dogs in anything that is tight or constricting, or in costumes with small parts or dangling threads that they might try to eat. Also, never leave your pooch dressed unattended, and make sure he doesn’t overheat.

Enjoy your autumn! Please contact us, your Myrtle Beach, SC vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs.