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Autumn Care for Dogs

It’s hard to believe, but summer is over already. Autumn is beautiful, but it can be dangerous to our canine buddies. As the weather cools, you’ll also want to take a few precautions to get Fido ready for winter. A local London, ON vet offers some fall care tips for dogs in this article.

Outdoor Hazards

At this time of year, many wild animals are looking for places to hibernate, and may be more prone to attacking than usual. Don’t let your pup sniff around anything that looks like it could be a potential den. Leaf piles can also be hazardous: they make attractive homes to snakes and other critters. Plus, leaves can harbor mold and bacteria.

Food/Treats

Halloween is becoming more popular every year. Keep that candy dish away from Fido, however: chocolate, nuts, raisins, and products that contain xylitol are all poisonous to dogs. Hard candies and their wrappers also pose serious choking hazards. (On a brighter note, you can mix some pureed pumpkin into your canine friend’s food as a treat.)

Candles

Potpourri burners and scented candles are popular seasonal decorative items. Keep these well out of Fido’s reach! Be careful with fireplaces and space heaters as well!

Decorations

Keep your canine buddy in mind when hanging decorations. Some of our furry patients have been known to eat decorations. This can be very dangerous! Items with wires and cords can also be hazardous.

Weather

The weather can get cold very quickly at this time of year. If your fuzzy pal needs jackets in winter, this is a good time to go through his clothes and get everything ready. You’ll also want to make sure Fido has a warm, comfy bed. Stock up on pet-friendly de-icing agents, too.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and other parasites will be looking for a warm place to ride out the winter. Keep up with Fido’s parasite control! Also, make sure your pooch is current with his vaccinations.

Chemicals

At this time of year, many people treat their lawns and gardens with fertilizer, herbicide, or pesticide. This is also a popular time for folks to fill their cars with antifreeze. These chemicals are highly toxic to Man’s Best Friend! Keep Fido away from spills and recently-treated areas.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local London, ON vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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