The autumn months bring with them cooler temperatures. This means some rodents and small mammals, like mice and chipmunks, will start looking for winter habitations. Many pesticides that will deter these animals are highly toxic to dogs. No matter what product you choose, use extreme caution and be sure to place them in areas your dog does not have access to.
If you have a fenced in yard, take time to walk the perimeter and check for broken segments of fencing, branches/limbs that may have come down on top of fencing and areas where the frost may have lifted a section of fencing.
The fall season is a time for festive decorating with items such as bales of hay, dried colored Indian corn and carved pumpkins. These decorations may not be toxic to your dog, but, they certainly can cause stomach upset or a blockage. A pumpkin with a candle knocked over can cause a fire or burn your dog. Be mindful of where these decorations are placed.
Be aware of your dog’s location when answering and opening the door for trick-or-treaters. Seeing strangers dressed in costumes, and strange sounds and smells can be scary for some dogs causing them to dart outside through the open door. All chocolate, especially dark and bakers’ chocolate, can be very dangerous and even fatal to your dog. Always keep candy high and out of reach.
Don’t Forget to Wear Your Orange
The fall season hosts many hunting seasons. When exploring the leaf covered trails and woodlands to enjoy the beautiful foliage with your dog, remember to wear brightly colored clothing. Consider purchasing an orange vest or collar for your dog.