10 Autumn Dangers For Dogs
With Halloween approaching and Guy Fawkes just around the corner, it’s so important to keep your dogs safe. This post covers all the Autumn dangers for dogs (or Fall for overseas readers).
We take a look at some of the dangers around at this time of year, and how we can keep our dogs calm during fireworks season. With colder days and dark nights, it’s important to keep your dog warm and safe when out walking. We also take a look at some Autumnal items which can be hazardous for dogs.
Finally, we remember the homeless dogs in the colder weather and list many ways we can help to keep them warm.
1. Fireworks Anxiety
If your dog is terrified of fireworks, Autumn can be a very stressful time.
In this post, we take a look at methods of calming a dog when fireworks are going off. Maybe you have a puppy and want to introduce him or her to the noise of fireworks or you could have a rescue dog who already has a fear of them.
I discuss calming methods that I personally used when I adopted a dog with severe fireworks anxiety.
Did you know that conkers are poisonous to dogs?
Conkers are the fruit of the horse chestnut tree and many are on the ground right now. Conkers are one of the main Autumn dangers for dogs and can cause stomach upsets or a choking hazard.
Read more here:-
3. Paw Care
The weather has suddenly turned much colder and we have experienced some frosty mornings already.
It’s really important that you take care of your dog’s paws when there is ice on the pavements.
There is more about paw care here:-
4. Muddy Walks
Dogs tend to shed their coats at this time of year so grooming is essential. Also, walks can be very muddy so your dog will need more baths.
Here are some tips for keeping your dog’s coat in tip-top condition.
Talking of muddy walks, you will probably see a change in how much house cleaning you have to do. Harsh chemicals in cleaning projects can be harmful to pets, but cleaning methods need to be effective too.
Here are some tips to keep your house clean and hygienic when you have pets.
5. Keeping Warm
With temperatures dipping it is important to keep your dog warm, especially if he is elderly or unwell.
Dog coats and jumpers shouldn’t be just a fashion statement, they should serve a purpose, like keeping dogs warm and dry.
However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be stylish too!
Take a look at some fun tips to keep your dog cosy here:-
During Halloween and Christmas, there is much more chocolate around. We all know that chocolate is poisonous for dogs, so make sure that the children know to keep it out of the dog’s reach.
We also need to be aware of the following Autumn dangers for dogs.
7. Wild Mushrooms and Toadstools
9. Antifreeze used on Cars
10. Walks in the Dark
How often do we set off on an early evening walk only to find out that it’s gone completely dark, and you are not close to home?
Now that days are getting shorter you will find yourself dog walking in the dark more often.
It’s important to keep your dog safe, so invest in a reflective leash or collar so that cyclists and motorists can see your dog in the dark.
I couldn’t end this post without sharing a thought for all the homeless animals who are in rescue during the cold seasons.
Rescues do their best to keep the dogs in kennels warm. However, most don’t have the funds to provide expensive blankets and coats. They rely on donations from the public to keep the dogs warm.
If you can knit, crochet or sew and have some leftover wool or fabric, why not use it to help keep a dog warm in winter?
If you are not crafty, don’t worry, there are still loads of ways that you can help out.
This post shows you all the things that you can do to help.
Happy Halloween everyone and I hope you have found this information useful.