Fall is a beautiful time of year to be outside enjoying the weather with your dog. However, hiding in that big pile of leaves may be dog-related hazards. Below is a list of Pros and Cons and some tips to help you have the best fall season.

Pros:

  1. Beautiful fall color and cooler temperatures: The beauty of the fall season encourages dog owners to get out and exercise with their pets.
  2. Cooler sidewalk and road temperatures: The drop in temperature takes the sizzle out of sidewalks, making dog walks kinder to tender paws.
  3. Exercise: As dogs get out and exercise more, they begin to gain muscle and burn fat. Exercise stimulates both the mind and body of the dog and the dog owner.
  4. Back to School Snoozes: Daytime doggie naps increase as kids go back to school.
  5. Pumpkins: Did you know that pumpkin is good for dogs? Pumpkin is both nutritious and low in calories. In fact, pure canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) is a good source of fiber and is often recommended as a dietary addition for a dog suffering from constipation. Check out our Pumpkin Flavored Biscuits or our bakeries many different pumpkin treats.

Cons:

  1. Tree and grass pollen: Does your dog sneeze? Cough? Have watery eyes? Is your dog chewing and licking its paws, turning them reddish-brown? Your dog could be suffering from seasonal allergies. Fall inhalant allergies are commonly caused by ragweed and mold. When ragweed pollen and mold spores are inhaled, the body labels these nasal invaders as foreigners and sends antibodies to destroy the unwanted pests. When antibodies attack, they release histamines into the bloodstream. That is what causes itchy eyes, drippy noses and sneezing. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from allergies, it’s time to visit your veterinarian for professional advice.
  2. Halloween: Halloween candy can overproduce insulin in dogs. Then, if a dog’s sugar level decreases, it could be at risk for liver failure. Chocolate in Halloween candy can be toxic to dogs. To a dog, trick-or-treaters are yelling strangers appearing to invade the dog’s home. If your dog is protective or territorial, it may be a good idea to confine your dog to a more peaceful part of the home.
  3. Turkey hazards: Keep turkey bones and scraps away from your dog. When chewed, turkey bones can splinter creating a choking hazard. They can also puncture internal organs.
  4. Fleas: Fleas begin breeding in the spring and are at peak numbers in the fall. To prevent fleas on your dog or in your house, flea protection is a must.  And it is a good idea to casually check your dog each week.  The sooner you know, the easier it will be to rid your dog (and home) of fleas.
  5. Boredom: When the kids go back to school, family dynamics change and dogs can suffer from depression. Boredom can cause dogs to chew and dig. To avoid dog damage, take the dog on a morning, afternoon or evening walk. It is a great way to stimulate a dog’s mind and to burn off excess energy.

With the beautiful weather and colorful scenery, it’s hard to stay inside with your dog.  So follow these tips for a safe and fun fall season! And remember, Winter will be here before we know it, so enjoy the weather while you (and your furry friend) can.