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Autumn Hazards for Dogs

Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Ontario. However, it can also be a bit dangerous for our canine buddies. Read on as a Brampton, ON vet lists some seasonal dangers for pet owners to be aware of.

Chemicals

At this time of year, many people fill their vehicles with antifreeze, and treat their properties with chemicals and fertilizers. These things are extremely poisonous to our furry friends! Keep your four-legged pal away from recently-treated areas. If you get an antifreeze spill, clean it up right away, and then pour sand or kitty liver over the damp spot.

Wild Animals

As the weather cools, many wild animals will be looking for places to hibernate, and could be more aggressive than usual. Don’t let your canine friend run around off-leash, especially in areas that could be housing grumpy wildlife.

Decorations

Autumn decorations can give your home a special whimsical feel. However, your four-legged friend may think they make a good snack. Hang anything that Fido may be tempted to eat out of paws’ reach.

Heating Elements

Candles and dogs are a very dangerous combination. It’s very easy for your pup to knock a candle or potpourri over with his tail. Put these things in high, secure places. If you use heaters or fireplaces, use protect grates to keep your cute pet away.

Candy

As Halloween approaches, stores and candy dishes will fill with all sorts of goodies. Keep these treats away from your furry pal! Hard candies and wrappers both pose serious choking risks. Many sweets also contain things that are toxic to dogs, such as chocolate, nuts, raisins, and xylitol.

Weather

It can get cold very quickly at this time of year. Keep an eye on the weather, and limit your pet’s outdoor time on frigid days. Dogs are always safer, happier, and healthier indoors, but if your canine pal has a doghouse, get it ready for the cold. Make sure it is well insulated, and hang strips of carpet or thick plastic over the door to block the wind. Pooches with thin coats may be more comfortable in sweaters. This is also a good time to go through Fido’s wardrobe, and make sure everything still fits him comfortably.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Brampton, ON vet clinic, today. We’re here to help!

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