Autumn Dangers and Your Dog

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The leaves are changing color and the air’s becoming crisp; ahh autumn is here. And since it’s not too cold and not too hot this time of year, autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with your beloved pooch. But with this beautiful season comes a unique set of challenges for us dog owners both inside and outside the home. Some of which you may be completely unaware of! So, it pays to learn about some of the risks our dogs face this season so you can keep them safe no matter what you get up to.

Allergies

Autumnal allergens can trigger a few nasty reactions in our dogs, just as they can with us. Mold, ragweed, grass and dust are just a few of the common culprits that can make our dog’s lives unbearable. Dogs with seasonal allergies can experience problems with both their skin and sinuses. Watch out for signs like rashes, excessive itching, sneezing, clear discharge around the nose, coughing or watery eyes. PetStrips’ Skin & Seasonal Allergy Strips  is a natural supplement that supports the skin, coat, hips and joints, heart, and immune system. For pet parents looking for an alternative to capsules, raw treats, or oil additives, all it takes is one strip added to your pets’ tongue or roof of the mouth to support your pet more effectively.

Seasonal Canine Illness

Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) is an autumnal illness that affects dogs of any size, breed or age. Most cases occur between August and November, but it’s unknown what causes it – only that it could be linked to woodland areas. Dogs usually start showing signs of being unwell 24-72 hours after walking in woodland. The illness can quickly become fatal if not treated, so it’s important you pay attention to the symptoms. Signs of SCI include vomiting, which can also be accompanied by diarrhea and lethargy. If you notice these warning signs this season, don’t hang around. Seek veterinary attention quickly.

Holiday Visitors

Autumn is a popular time for cozy gatherings and dinner parties as the weather turns. But new guests and noise can be stressful for dogs, especially for already anxious and nervous pooches. Ensure your dog has a comfortable and quiet place to relax if they start feeling overwhelmed. Your guest’s coats and bags can also be potential hazards for inquisitive pups. Travel and Calming Strips are quick dissolving supplements with natural ingredients that help dogs with nervous, anxious, or aggressive behaviors feel calm and comfortable. These calming treats contain 20mg of Tryptophan per strip and L-Theanine that helps stimulate brain waves to promote relaxation with no drowsy effect. Additionally, many everyday items we carry around in our bags can be toxic to our furry friends. Essentials like sugar-free gum, ibuprofen, and some cosmetics can make our dogs sick. So, ensure you hang them up out of the way so Fido can’t reach them.

Holiday Treats

During autumn time, lots of us tend to hunker down indoors more than we do in summer. Which can bring about more nights in with comfort foods like chocolate and alcohol. And with Halloween just around the corner there’ll be plenty of treat-rich nights ahead. But bear in mind, chocolate, sugary sweets, and alcohol are dangerous for our dogs if eaten. Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs and can cause seizures, vomiting and diarrhea. Alcohol can cause vomiting, dehydration, disorientation, and in more severe cases collapse and coma. Keep the chocolates, trick-or-treat bags and your favorite alcoholic drinks out of reach. If your dog shows signs, they’ve consumed something they shouldn’t, speak to your vet straight away.Top of Form

Dark, chilly walks

The nights and early mornings get darker and colder as we move through Autumn. To keep your dog safe and warm, it’s a good idea to dress yourself and your dog in appropriate gear. Reflective leash, collars, and harnesses will help drivers see you better in the dark. You can also get clip on lights to help you keep an eye on your dog if you let them off lead. Make sure you both wrap up with a warm, waterproof coat for those soggy strolls.

Salted roads

Some roads can become icy towards the end of November. Which means your city is usually on hand to salt the walkways and roads to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. But road salt is a huge irritant for our dog’s paws and can cause burning and cracked pads. Dogs may also lick their paws if the salt isn’t washed off causing inflammation to the mouth and digestive system. Try to avoid salted roads and walkways where possible and wash your dog’s paws thoroughly after ever walk. Alternatively, you can apply a paw balm before you set off that will act as a barrier against the salt or use booties if your dog will tolerate them.

Fallen leaves

Who doesn’t love running and jumping through fallen leaves on a crisp autumn day? I’m sure your pooch is no exception! Piles of wet, rotting leaves are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and mold to grow. This can lead to gastrointestinal issues if your dog ingests them. Your dog could consume the bacteria when they later lick themselves, so be sure to wash your dog down afterwards if they’ve been lolloping through leaf piles.

Rodenticides

Rodents like rats and mice tend to seek warmth and shelter as the temperatures drop in autumn. Many people use rat poison to kill off unwelcome visitors, but these chemicals can be toxic to dogs if eaten. Many poisons contain anti-coagulant properties that essentially inhibit blood clotting. If your dog eats the poison this can cause severe bleeding from anywhere in the body. It could start from a small graze or even an internal organ. The effects can be delayed for several days, and you may be unaware it’s happening. Symptoms your dog may have ingested rat poison include weakness, seizures, bloody vomit and rapid breathing. If you notice these warning signs consult your vet right away. If you do have a rodent problem consider a few pet-safe alternatives like ultrasonic pest repellents, peppermint oil or humane traps.

Fallen fruits

Autumn is prime time for trees to shed their unpicked fruit, apples being the main offender. But as fruits are left fallen on the ground, they can become moldy and ferment. Moldy food can contain tremorgenic mycotoxins which can be deadly for your dog if eaten, causing muscle tremors and convulsions. Fallen fruits that ferment become naturally alcoholic over time. Your dog could have a toxic reaction to this natural alcohol in the fruit and suffer sickness and diarrhea. If you have fruit trees in your garden, take a moment to pick up and throw away all the fruit blown onto the ground. Avoid areas in your neighborhood where you know there are fruit trees and seek veterinary help if your dog becomes unwell.

Parasites

Just because the weather drops, doesn’t mean fleas and ticks aren’t still about. Our central-heated homes are the perfect environment for fleas to thrive. And while you’re out exploring with your pup in wooded areas, you can both pick up ticks which can carry Lyme disease. Fleas and ticks are nasty little critters that can make you and your dog’s life miserable. Be sure to protect your dog against fleas and ticks all year round. Your vet can prescribe a vet-approved control method, or you could consider natural solutions like essential oils.

Joint Pain

ritic pain worse, but the changes in barometric pressure, decreased activity levels and increased nerve sensitivity. You may find your dog is more reluctant to go on walks, shows signs of discomfort, limps or whimpers when moving. Arthritic pain can be extremely uncomfortable for dogs. If you notice any unusual behavior, try our Hip & Joint Strips are pet supplements specifically formulated with a blend of MSM, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin that may reduce & relieve aches, soreness, inflammation & arthritis for any dog. This dog supplement contains Ingredients that may also promote immune and cardiovascular support to make sure your pet feels better than ever before. 

Heating in the Home

Temperatures are falling and we’ll soon be using any means necessary to keep ourselves and our homes warm. Fireplaces and space heaters in particular pose a risk to our pups. Curious or over-excited pooches could burn themselves if heat sources aren’t protected. Ensure you have a guard around your fireplace to keep your dog at a safe distance. If you’re using space heaters for added warmth, never leave your dog unsupervised when they’re in the same room.

Candles

Many of us break out the candles in autumn and winter. Candles can instantly turn a cool-feeling house into a cozy hide-away. But whether you’re using them to brighten up your mantel piece or to finish off your jack-o-lantern, keep them well above dog height. We love our clumsy pooches, but a quick nudge could lead to a nasty burn or even cause a house fire. And since the candle industry isn’t regulated, many contain toxins that can be dangerous to our dogs when inhaled. When conventional candles are burned, they release carcinogens and neurotoxins into our home environment. These toxins can affect the central nervous system and cause allergies and respiratory problems in both us and our dogs. But because our dogs are generally smaller than us, they’re more sensitive to these toxins meaning the effects can be amplified. Experts recommend we use candles made from natural ingredients such as beeswax, vegetable-based wax or natural soy.

Festive Decor

Many of us like to fill our homes with autumnal decorations this time of year. And Halloween in particular with its spooky props, costumes and makeup can be choking hazards for our dogs. Dogs explore with their mouths, and any new and interesting items in the home can be a target for chewing. If you’re decorating your home this autumn, just make sure you keep any potentially dangerous items out of reach.

Autumn is a fabulous time to go on adventures and make new memories with your pooch. But it’s a good idea to be aware of the common risks your dog can come across. And I hope these tips will help you keep your dog safe this autumn. What do you and your dog love to do in autumn? Let me know in the comments below…

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