4 Autumn Safety Tips For You & Your Dog

4 Autumn Safety Tips For You & Your Dog

autumn tipsTis the season…for pumpkins, leaves, and cooler weather that is! Autumn is a beautiful  time of year, here are a few tips to help you and your dog enjoy the season safely.

  1. The days are getting shorter, what was a sunset stroll a month ago is now a trek in the dark. Therefore, whether you opt for a flashing LED tag, a reflective collar like this one or reflective clothing, it’s important to make yourself and your furry companion visible to cars.
  2. Leaves aren’t the only thing dropping from trees, acorns are a common sight in yards and on walks this time of year. Acorns contain a substance called gallotannin that can cause tummy upset (vomiting/diarrhea) or if consumed in sufficient quantities, even kidney failure. According to the ASPCA, the sharp edges of the acorn may cause injury to the intestines or cause a blockage. If you have oak trees in your yard, regular raking and removal of the acorns as well as teaching your dog to “drop it” can help to avoid an unexpected trip to the vet.
  3. The cooler weather means rodents are looking for a home for the winter. If you are concerned about these creatures moving in, be sure to use a pest control method that is safe for pets…rodenticides can have fast and deadly consequences if your dog consumes it.
  4. It may be cooler but the risk of heartworm is still present. In cold regions, heartworm prevention should not be discontinued until the end of October while other regions may need to continue year round. Consult your veterinarian if you are unsure when heartworm season ends in your area.