Fall has fallen! As the temperatures cool and the leaves begin to change, you’ll want to make a few adjustments to your canine companion’s care regimen. It’s also important for you to be aware of seasonal hazards that can be an issue at this time of year A local Potomac, MD vet lists some of them in this article.
Dogs love exploring different places, and sniffing anything and everything around. That’s actually great mental stimulation for them. Fido picks up a lot of information from his cute little nose! Pups also aren’t shy about investigating things by, well, eating them. This can be dangerous. Many of the plants and flowers that bloom at this time of year are toxic. That list includes chrysanthemums, many mushrooms, and ginkgo tree seeds, as well as anything that’s been treated with chemicals recently.
It’s going to start getting dark much sooner. Get into the habit of wearing bright clothes that are easy for drivers to spot. You may want to get a leash with an attached flashlight. A light-up collar or harness for Fido isn’t a bad idea, either. You may also need to adjust your pet’s routine a bit, so you can take him out earlier.
Many people go all-out when it comes to decorating for autumn. Keep your canine friend in mind as you put things out. Keep any small or sharp items—like that cute little pumpkin or owl figurine—out of paws’ reach. You’ll also need to be cautious with anything ropy or stringy, such as garlands, ribbons, string lights, and fake cobweb strands.
If you have a husky, this one isn’t going to be a problem. Pups with thin fur, however, need some extra protection against the cold. If Fido wears coats or sweaters when it’s chilly out, go through his things and make sure everything fits well and is in good condition. You may also need to brush your furry pal more often, as fall is a peak shedding season.
This is a great time of year to take a long walk with your furry best friend. Grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and head out to a pretty trail to take in that beautiful foliage. Fido may also enjoy a pumpkin-flavored doggy treat!
Do you have questions abtou your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Potomac, MD animal clinic, today.