Fall is just around the corner, and that means the holidays are on the way! For humans, fall celebrations like Halloween and Thanksgiving might mean feasting, and for our dogs, they are right there under the table waiting for that stray bite of chocolate or a chicken bone!
While autumn is an exciting time, it’s paramount to keep our pets in mind. There are seasonal risks that can jeopardize your dog’s safety, but we have 4 tips for you to keep them protected!
You might be looking forward to snacking on your kids Halloween candy, but watch out for your dog. Chocolate is harmful to canines, so it’s important to keep candy well out of reach.
The same goes for Thanksgiving. Foods like onions, chicken bones, mashed potatoes, raisins/grapes, and stuffing are not recommended for dogs.
Focus on keeping your fur baby on their regular diet as much as possible. It’s better for their health and they’ll feel better, too.
During the fall season, it’s common for small rodents such as mice to seek shelter from the cold inside garages, attics, sheds, and other covered areas. This prompts people to put rat poison around their yard.
That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your pup and not let them sniff around in the neighbors’ yards too much. Even if you don’t use rat poison, someone else might, so it’s better to keep your curious doggo away from unfamiliar areas.
Another reason we all love autumn is getting the green light to break out the fall and spooky Halloween decorations.
But remember to hang them out of reach away from your pup! Of course, no one wants to come home to destroyed decorations, but it’s also not healthy for your dog if they ingest the materials.
Paper, string, string lights, pumpkins, and glue are all choking hazards or can cause digestive issues.
Mushrooms like to pop up in the yard during the cooler fall months, but some varieties are highly toxic for humans and dogs.
Of course, humans don’t go around plucking wild mushrooms and eating them, but dogs might be too curious not to try a nibble.
If you see mushrooms springing up, take a moment to collect and discard them.