GUIDE TO FALL SAFETY FOR DOGS
We love our dogs, and their safety is a top priority all year round. However, each season brings on different risks, and it can be tricky to remember what to look out for. That’s why we’ve created this Guide to Fall Safety for Dogs. Whether you’re learning about these issues for the first time, or simply brushing up on your dog knowledge, it’s important to stay informed. As long as you’re aware and taking the right precautions, you can be sure your pup will happily enjoy the fall.
MAKE SURE YOU’RE VISIBLE IN THE DARK
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, more care needs to go into tasks that are usually simple. It’s likely that you’ll end up walking your dog after the sun goes down more frequently. This makes visibility an issue as streets can be quite dark, but there are steps you can take to remain safe. A quick way to combat this is with a reflective leash, or even a light up LED dog collar. It’ll ensure you and your dog can be easily spotted, especially if there are no street lights where you’re walking. In addition, try to stick to familiar areas and save exploring new places for when it’s light out.
WATCH OUT FOR TICKS
Ticks are not a problem exclusive to summer, so it’s essential to maintain care into the fall. Many veterinarians recommend protection throughout the entire year, so we commend you if you’re already doing so. Try to be consistent with checking your dog’s fur as well. Those crisp, crunchy fall leaves that they love to jump around in? It’s a perfect environment for ticks to hide. Some even survive well into the winter months, so be proactive about your post-playtime tick routine. It’ll save you from some headaches!
BE CAREFUL AROUND CHEMICALS
Preparing for winter can mean bringing out chemicals that may be hazardous. It’s common to use antifreeze during this time of year to ensure your vehicle remains operational during the cold months ahead. Unfortunately, it poses a large risk to your dog, so it’s crucial to be extra careful. While the liquid tastes deliciously sweet to them, it’s extremely harmful and can even be fatal in some cases. If you’ll be using antifreeze, try to place a mat down to catch any spills, and keep the bottle labeled properly and out of reach.
HALLOWEEN CAN BE SCARY
Enjoying this spooktacular holiday may be easy for us humans, but it can be a lot more challenging for your dog. Steps should be taken to ensure they feel comfortable and secure during the festivities. For example, your dog may have trouble dealing with the loud echoes of fireworks. To minimize anxiety, it may be best to allow them to retreat to their kennel and use blankets to muffle the sound. Read more about this, as well as other tips, in our Guide to Halloween Safety for Dogs.
Were you aware of everything listed in our Guide to Fall Safety for Dogs? From loud noises, to pesky pests, it’s important to be cognizant of the risks at hand to keep your pup feeling safe and happy. After all, they’re our best friends and it’s our job to protect them from harm. Now that you know what to do to keep your furry friend safe this season, be sure to check out our list of Fall Activities with your Dog in BC!
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