As Summer turns to Autumn, the leaves start to fall from the trees and the days are getting shorter, it’s time to think about how we can stay safe through the days of cold crisp mornings and dark, winter nights.
With the nights drawing in, the cold, dark (and sometimes wet) mornings and evenings mean that going out for a walk is less appealing for both you and your dog, but it is essential that exercise continues to be part of your daily routine.
When you go out, think about what you and your dog are wearing. Always consider making yourself visible to others with high-vis clothing such as a fluorescent jacket for both you and your dog, and perhaps a light on your dog’s collar, or one that lights up with LEDs.
You can also think about brain stimulation as a way to keep your dog occupied and entertained:
- meal times can be interactive with the use of puzzle bowls or a Kong instead of a standard food bowl
- your dog loves to learn and wants to please you. You can spend time each day teaching them new tricks
- consider training or agility classes and then work on what you learn at home.
Don’t forget to monitor your dog’s weight and food intake – you can use our feeding guides here
Autumn provides new stimulus for our dog’s noses, and along with new smells, come new challenges. If you are out and about, make sure you keep an eye out for:
- Mushrooms and toadstools – whilst they aren’t all poisonous, you can’t guarantee that the one your dog selects to eat will be fine – therefore, best to avoid all!
- Acorns and conkers are poisonous to dogs, but they can also cause intestinal blockages and other ingestion problems
- Rat or mouse poison – ensure that if you need to use these, that your pet can’t get to it
- Antifreeze – typically this can be found if it drips from a car radiator, or it can be found in puddles. You should avoid letting your dog drink from any surface water on a pathway or road just in case.
If you suspect that your dog has digested poison, contact your vet immediately.
With the winter woolies coming out, and the central heating being turned on, fleas will begin to make their way inside. Always ensure that your dogs flea treatment is up-to-date and if you suspect your dog is suffering, be sure to treat your home, as well as your dog!
This is a beautiful time of year for every member of your family to enjoy. Make the most of it and stay safe.