Prevent your dog from feeling paw-ly this Autumn
The leaves are falling, the nights are drawing in and it’s time to wrap yourself and your four-legged friend up warm again! Autumn is a perfect time to take a wander through red, gold and brown countryside and enjoy some of the most picturesque months of the year. As with every season though, there are several myths and question marks surrounding your pets’ health, so here are a few little tips to consider over the coming months.
As we know dogs are curious creatures, especially out in the wild and free from their lead. Autumn, however is a time where poisonous mushrooms grow in many local forests and shrub land areas. Dogs are unable to recognise the difference between toxic and non-toxic mushrooms, so the best alternative is to try and avoid areas where mushrooms might grow.
Recognisable symptoms include sickness, diarrhoea, lethargy and excessive salivation. If you think your dog has eaten something nasty, then take them to a vet as soon as possible.
It might be best for Fido not to get involved in this year’s family apple bobbing contest! Despite past debate, apples have proven unhealthy for your pooch. Whilst the flesh of an apple is suitable and a friendly treat for dogs, the apple stem, leaves and seeds are not so enjoyable.
Difficulty breathing, decreased heart rate and an upset tummy, are all signs your dog has had a bad reaction to the fruit.
Back to school
Autumn marks the start of a new school year for many which also means splayed open pencil cases and cast aside homework being scattered around the house. Munching on pencils, school glues and permanent markers can give your dog quite the stomach ache.
The old enemy of chocolate is one to look out for as well. As youngsters pick up their trick or treat buckets in October, make sure you keep their stash (or yours) well out of sniff’s reach.
Bonfire season can startle and bring on anxiety within your dog, often leaving them stressed and pacing around the house, if the loud bangs can be heard nearby.
Try not to leave your pup alone if you know they are prone to anxiety; make sure they have had plenty of exercise in the day so they are tired by evening; and maybe make a comfortable, indoor environment with their favorite blankets and toys.
Repellents and cleaners
As the leaves turn brown and fall from the trees, the nights get colder and wetter, and out come the slugs and snails! This means a greater use in slug and rodent repellents, which are of course dangerous for our pets, so make sure to keep an eye on your pooch when sniffing around outside.
Frosty mornings mean people rushing to defrost their cars before work and so increases the use of anti freeze and screen wash in the colder months. But be vigilant where your dog is sniffing, as the chemicals can be toxic.
The clocks go back on the 29th October, and already the days are getting shorter and your evening strolls are not as bright as you’ve been used to. You and your buddy need to be seen if walking on the road after sunset, so it may be worth grabbing yourself a reflective jacket or dog lead, you can also find light up leads and collars, which are really easy to spot in the dark.
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