The fall season is probably the best time for a dog. Gone is the humid and stifling summer heat and the full chill of winter has yet to begin. The crisp air and mild temperatures are ideal for most dog breeds and if you live in an area that experiences brilliant foliage your pup will be happy to roll about in the falling leaves. However, this season does have a few hazards that you need to be aware of in order to keep your dog safe and healthy.
Rabid Animals – Raccoons, skunks and squirrels are prevalent throughout the summer but when the weather gets cooler these critters may start edging closer to a home. Seeking shelter from the cold may lead some of these animals to scurry about a home and if you have a dog the chances for an encounter increases. While humans can be healed from a bite from a rabid animal, dogs cannot. It is important during this season to pay close attention to animals that may be encroaching on your property and to have your dog kept at a safe distance. Of course, you should have your pet vaccinated to prevent rabies.
Pesticides – Another animal that will try to find comfort in your home when the weather changes are rodents. Rats and mice can be a problem for homeowners since they have a much easier time of squeezing into a home than larger animals. It is not uncommon for homeowners to contact professional exterminators to deal with the problem and there is chance that harmful pesticide sprays will be used. Even if you don't use these chemicals, your neighbors might and if your dog inhales these fumes it can cause serious illness. Be aware of any exterminator activity in your neighborhood and keep your dog at a safe distance when pesticides are being used.
Hazardous Plants– While most of us think spring and summer is the growing season, there are several species of plants and mushrooms that grow in the fall. The Chrysanthemum, Meadow Saffron and Clematis are a few that may look nice but can be harmful if eaten by a dog. We all know how curious dogs can be and it is important to keep a close watch on your pup when he goes roaming about a field. Look for signs that your dog has eaten something harmful which may include stumbling, skin inflammation, increased salivation and vomiting. If you spot any of these symptoms get your dog to a vet immediately.