Most pet owners are concerned about summer. After all, the excessive heat can take a serious toll on our beloved four-legged friends. Yet, just because summer is ending doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods just yet. From Halloween candy to cold temperatures, the fall season can be just as tricky navigate for your dog as summer.
Keep Halloween candy out of reach
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, so if you’re welcoming trick-or-treaters this year, make sure the candy is kept up out of reach. If you have a little one at home who just came back from trick-or-treating themselves, you might run the risk of them sneaking a few candies to your dog. Teach your kids the dangers that chocolate and other candy can pose to their four-legged friends before Halloween night arrives.
As well as mushrooms
Mushrooms grow abundantly during the fall season. While most of these are safe to eat, there are some that are toxic to our pets. It can be difficult to spot the difference between toxic and non-toxic fungi, so always keep a sharp eye on your dog whenever they’re outside.
Watch out for wildlife
During fall, many wildlife animals such as skunks, bears, and snakes will be busy preparing themselves for hibernation. If you live in a wooded area, don’t let your dog outside while unsupervised to prevent them from getting attacked.
Keep your dog warm
The temperatures are starting to drop, and while most dogs have fur coats, their winter coats won’t come in until another couple of months. Unless they’re a breed that can withstand frigid temperatures (such as Huskies), don’t keep them outside for extended periods of time. Additionally, even once their winter coat comes in, their paws will need some protection from snow and ice. Dog boots can keep your dog’s paws warm all season long. Just give your pup some time to get used to their new shoes before taking them out for a walk.
At Family Puppies, we want to make sure that all of our dogs have a safe and happy fall season. To learn more tips on how to prepare your new Pooton, Coton de Tulear, or other breed for fall, give us a call today!