It may be hard to believe, but it’s officially almost autumn. This can be a great time of year for Man’s Best Friend: Fido gets to run and play without having to deal with sweltering heat. There are few things better than going for a long walk with your furry best friend on a beautiful autumn day. However, there are some seasonal dangers to be aware of. A local Carolina Forest, SC vet lists some of them below.
Chemicals are one thing to be concerned about. Many people see to their yards and gardens at this time of year. Several common lawn and garden products, such as fertilizer, are toxic to pets. Rodenticides are also very dangerous. Keep your pup away from areas you’re working on.
Many wild animals get a bit ornery at this time of year. Keep Fido leashed when you are walking him, and don’t let him sniff around spots where critters may be hiding. You’ll want to be cautious with piles of leaves or debris as well: mice, rats, and snakes sometimes take refuge under them.
Halloween decorations may give your place a wonderful, cozy look, but you will need to pay attention to what you set out. Some seasonal plants, such as chrysanthemums, are toxic to pets. And some of the fake ones, like that pretty black pussywillow, are serious choking hazards to our canine companions. Once it comes time to set out candy, you’ll need to keep that away from your pet as well: chocolates, nuts, raisins, and sugar are all unsafe for Fido. Even candy wrappers can pose a threat!
While we don’t get the worst of winter weather here, it does get chilly at night. Older pets and those with thin coats are more susceptible to the cold than their younger counterparts. Make sure that your pup has a warm, comfy bed to curl up in! If Fido has thin fur, he may need a jacket to keep him warm on those chilly days.
It’s going to start getting dark earlier and earlier, so you may find yourself walking your pooch after sunset. Get Fido a harness and/or leash, and wear bright jackets that are easy for drivers to spot.
Keep up with your furry friend’s vaccinations and parasite control! If Fido is due for an exam, make that appointment right away.
Do you have any questions or concerns about caring for your canine companion? Contact us, your local Carolina Forest, SC pet hospital, today!