Fall Dog Safety

Dog Standing in LeavesFall has arrived, but what does that mean for your dog? Here are a few dog safety tips to keep them safe and healthy through the season.

When Walking:

  • Be sure that your pet is always properly identified with a collar and tag. You may want to consider microchipping them.
  • Investing in a high visibility vest for your dog and a reflective leash can help allow any motorists to more readily see your pet.
  • Be sure that your pet does not eat from the ground. Eating leaves, acorns or other fallen tree items, or items that have fallen from people’s rubbish at the curbside can cause serious gastrointestinal problems, including blockages and other discomforts. Be wary of Halloween candy and wrappers that have been discarded by children. Chocolate and gum have ingredients that are highly toxic to dogs.
  • Keeping your pet away from leaf piles can help prevent flea infestations and keep them from getting harmed by anything lurking within them.
  • Putting a sweater or raincoat on your pet depending upon the weather can help prevent them from becoming ill.

At Home:

  • Keeping your yard free from leaves can alleviate some allergens that your pet may face, as well as keep other animals out of your yard and prevent flea infestations.
  • Fall baking can introduce your dog to some temptations that can be harmful. Keep them away from the kitchen while cooking.
  • Be mindful of the decorations you use. Some can frighten your pet or look edible. Keep these out of reach or away from them if they fall into either category.
  • If you are host to Trick-Or-Treaters, keep your candy dish where your pet cannot reach. Remember that dogs' noses are much more sensitive to smells and can smell candy through cabinets.

What are some precautions you take for dog safety in your house during the Fall? Share with us in the comment section below!

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