Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy this Fall

As cooler weather rolls in, be aware of these autumn challenges.

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With the change of season comes new holidays, new items in your home, and some unexpected hazards for our furry friends. Keep your pup safe and healthy this fall with these 5 tips:

1. Watch out for ticks:

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Even though summers over, ticks still lurk around until the beginning of winter. If your pup is having fun rolling around in the fallen leaves, be sure to check for ticks frequently and be sure to use tick control and repellent products.

2. Fall = mushroom season:

While the majority of mushrooms are not poisonous, there is a small percentage that can be life threatening to dogs if consumed. These mushrooms are very difficult to spot, so if your pup accidentally ate a mushroom in the backyard, call ASPCA or your local vet to have him checked out.

3. Be careful using mouse traps and rodenticides.

As the weather gets cooler, mice and other rodents start looking for warmth. Unfortunately, as many of us probably already know from experience – they can find that warmth in our homes. When using mouse traps and/or rodenticides to deter these new house hunters, be extremely cautious about keeping them far away from your dog’s reach. Talk to your vet about pest control methods that are safe for pets.

4. Sorry pups, there isn’t a seat for you at the holiday dinner table.

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While the fall months ring the ‘season of giving’, let’s not to be TOO generous when it comes to sharing table food with our dogs. Keep your pup away from the Thanksgiving dinner table to avoid the delicious temptations of the rich foods your family is enjoying. Also, be mindful of holiday decorations that your pup may mistakenly consume – Those decorative fall gourds can easily look like a tasty treat to your four-legged friend!

For a quick dietary reminder, check out our blog on what NOT to feed your dog.

5. Exercising in cooler weather may mean more food for your pup.

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As temperatures continue to drop, your dog’s metabolism changes. If you and your pup are planning to take advantage of being outdoors before the long winter months rolls in, remember to increase your dog’s water supply and ensure they are eating regularly. Exercising in cold weather puts extra demand on your dog’s body, so they may require extra food to keep their energy and body heat levels up.

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Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy this Fall

November 5, 2015