7 Dangers That Could Harm Your Dog This Fall

Be Aware And Keep Your Fur Baby Safe

By Catalina Barrios

Fall can be a dog’s favorite season

I can say fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love spending hours outside with my dog laying on the grass or even taking a nap in a hammock. I love seeing the leaves change and this means Christmas is coming soon. Yes! I love Christmas; I am that person counting the hours, minutes, and seconds for that special time of the year.

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During the summer, we try to keep ourselves and our family, including our dogs, cool. We make sure our furry friends are always hydrated. When the chillier season rolls in, it means we have to adapt to its seasonal changes which doesn’t seems always easy to do for our pets.

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Here are 7 fall dangers your dog should avoid:

1. Antifreeze

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This is something that will always be in your vehicle during fall and winter. Make sure this additive is far away from your dog as a couple of teaspoons can be extremely poisonous to them. Dogs and cats are attracted to the sweet taste of ethylene glycol which can easily poison them. If your dog can easily access the trunk of your vehicle, take extra precaution.

2. Halloween Candy And Holiday Chocolate

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Chocolate is not recommended for dogs. During Trick or Treat time, it is very important to keep candy bags away from dogs and they can be easily tempted. If you think your dog ate chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately. Warning signs your pet may have consumed chocolate include vomiting, seizures, and diarrhea or he may appear hyper and very excitable.

3. Plants And Mushrooms

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The mum or “chrysanthemum” is a beautiful flower associated with the fall. Try to keep your dog away from this plant because if they ingest it, they may experience stumbling, skin inflammation, increased salivation, vomit or diarrhea. Fall is a popular time for mushrooms to appear in our yards. The majority of mushrooms are non-toxic for animals but it could be difficult to differentiate a toxic mushroom from a non-toxic one; this is why it is better to prevent their consumption by your dog.

4. Allergies

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Seasonal allergies can occur in pets just as they can in people. Ragweed and mold are two of the most common ones , along with grass and dust. Contact your veterinarian if you see your dog coughing, itching, or sneezing excessively or watery eyes, hives or rashes.

5. Rodenticides

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During fall and winter, it is normal for mice and rats to seek refuge indoors. While putting out rodenticides will get rid of rodents it could be very fatal to your dog and even your cat. Within one to seven days after your pet ingests a pesticides they may have these symptoms: lethargy, bruising, decreased appetite or increased respiratory rate. If this happens, call your veterinarian as soon as possible.

6. Cold Weather

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Some dogs, especially smaller ones may need a sweater or jacket to keep them warm. Consider buying a sweater for your dog when you take them for walks or booties to keep their paws safe from ice, as your pet could easily slip. Contact your veterinarian if you see signs of discomfort in your dog such as limping or feeling reluctant to exercise.

7. Holiday Foods

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Nothing like Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. It is so good that is hard to resist, and you may be lax with keeping foods out of your pet’s reach.. You may feel tempted to share your yummy food with your pet. Make sure to avoid giving your pet pure fat and fatty foods such as mashed potatoes, gravy or stuffing. Eating too much fatty food can develop an inflammation of the pancreas in your dog. Never feed your dog poultry bones as they can get severely injured if swallowed.

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Share this informative article with fellow pet owners so dogs can have an enjoyable and injury free season!