Autumn Dog Care Tips

Autumn is officially here! Every season brings its own pros and cons for dogs, just like they do for people. Read on as a local London, ON vet discusses autumn dog care.


Chemicals are a major seasonal hazards for pets. Antifreeze is at the top of the list here. Many people fill their cars in fall. Antifreeze is extremely toxic to our canine pals, but unfortunately has a taste many of them like. Lawn and garden chemicals, like pesticides, are also unsafe. Fido could walk through a recently treated-spot, and then ingest the chemicals by licking his paws.


Plants are another concern. Many late-blooming plants, such as autumn crocuses, are toxic to Man’s Best Friends, as are several types of mushrooms that pop up at this time of year. Also, be careful with leaf piles. It’s super cute watching a playful dog romping around in the leaves. However, sometimes wild animals take shelter in those piles. Needless to say, you also want to make sure Fido doesn’t eat leaves.


Now is the time to get your canine companion ready for colder weather. Make sure Fido has a warm, comfy bed to snooze in. If your dog has thin fur, he’ll need jackets or sweaters for frigid days. Go through your furry buddy’s wardrobe, and make sure everything is clean, in good condition, and still fits. You may want to stock up on pet-safe de-icing products as well.


The autumn holiday can be quite dangerous for dogs. Keep those candies and chocolates away from Fido! Many sweets are toxic to pets. They can also be choking hazards. Your furry friend could also get agitated by trick-or-treaters. Increased traffic is another concern. Decorations can also be dangerous to playful pups. Store anything that could be harmful out of paws’ reach. If you have a yard, limit your dog’s outdoor time around the holiday, especially at night.


This is the perfect time of year to take a walk with your canine buddy! On one of those beautiful cool, clear autumn days, grab a hot tea or coffee and get outdoors to enjoy that gorgeous autumn foliage with your furry best friend. (Tip: this is a great time to get some really cute photos of Fido.)

Please feel free to contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great veterinary care.

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