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Autumn is just a few days away now. Over the next few weeks, people will be pulling out their scarves and hoodies, and replacing flowerpots with pumpkins and scarecrows. Like any other season, fall presents some specific dangers for our furry friends. A Cornelius, NC vet offers some tips on spending fall with Fido in this article.
Fall can get quite chilly in these parts. If your canine buddy has a thin coat, he may need a few sweaters and jackets to keep him warm. Make sure Fido’s clothes are clean and fit well. As a rule of thumb, your pooch should have at least three options. That way, if two are wet or dirty, he’ll still have something to wear.
The sun is setting earlier and earlier. After dark, stick to brighter, well-traveled paths. Get a reflective leash or collar for your pup, and a good jacket for yourself. You may want to start bringing a flashlight with you on walks.
Halloween can be both dangerous and stressful for pets. If you get a lot of trick-or-treaters, you may want to put your pooch in a quiet back room with a radio, so he doesn’t get too frightened by all the costumed visitors. Also, keep that candy bowl out of paws’ reach. Chocolate, raisins, and many other sweets are definitely not safe for dogs!
Pets and fire are a dangerous mix. Keep candles in high, secure spots, and use grates on fireplaces. If you like to enjoy sitting around a campfire or fire pit on autumn nights, make sure that Fido can’t get too close.
Many pets tend to sleep even more than usual on cold, dreary days. This isn’t much of a surprise: rainy afternoons are perfect for naps. Make sure Fido has a comfy bed!
Chemicals and toxins are a big concern at this time of year. Many people fill their cars with antifreeze in fall. This is also a time when many people treat their gardens with fertilizers and fungicides, and/or set out mouse traps and other rodenticides. Keep Fido away from potential toxins.
Fido may love jumping in piles of leaves, but don’t let him play in anything that’s been sitting around. Leaf piles make tempting habitats for snakes. They can also be contaminated by mold.
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