As the weather cools, it’s time for Sunset Veterinary Clinic’s 7 essential dog and puppy safety tips for fall:
1. Watch Your Dog’s Diet
Keep your dog on his or her regular diet—don’t give in to begging for Halloween treats (unless they’re specifically dog-safe) or holiday leftovers. These are often riddled with chocolate, onions, chicken bones and other ingredients harmful to dogs. Keep the sweets and other human goodies out of reach!
2. Avoid Yard Mushrooms
If dark spots in your yard host mushrooms this time of year, safely remove them or keep your dog away. Some yard mushrooms are highly toxic to humans and pets!
3. Watch for Rodenticides
Every fall, the mice and rats want to come inside, so homeowners often put out rat killer—which can kill or severely sicken curious dogs too. If you must use these, put them in places your dog cannot reach!
4. Clean Up Antifreeze Spills
Watch your garage and driveway for antifreeze leaks. Antifreeze smells great to dogs, but it’s also deadly toxic for them. Propylene-glycol coolants are slightly less toxic, so consider switching to those if your car can manage, but still clean up spills immediately to prevent any contact with your dog.
5. Don’t Slack on the Flea and Tick Meds
Fleas and ticks are active all year here in Oklahoma, so don’t stop applying your dog’s flea and tick medications in the fall.
6. Keep Fall Décor and School Supplies Out of Reach
Dogs are so curious! Make sure strings of lights, pumpkins, tinsel, scissors, crayons, glue, paper and etc. are well out of reach for your dog this autumn so there’s no choking or gastrointestinal distress.
7. Visit Your Veterinarian
Schedule an appointment for your dog’s autumn health check at Sunset Veterinary Clinic today. Call us at (405) 844-2888 and we can double check vaccinations, microchips, flea and tick prescriptions, diet, weight and more!