Autumn can be a wonderful time to get outside with your dog. The air is crisp and cool, the leaves put on a spectacular show for your enjoyment, and your dog’s enjoyment as they bound around in them. With each season comes different precautions, so be sure to follow these easy tips to make the best out of this wonderful season.

Ease into high activity

If the hot summer weather had you avoiding regular walks and exercise with your pet, autumn can be the perfect time to get outside. However, due to all that lounging by the pool (or A/C unit) your dog might need some time to get those muscles back up to speed. If that’s the case, start slow and work your way up to those epic 10 mile hikes in the mountains or around town.

Edible Hazards

Autumn’s cooler weather is an ideal time for mushrooms to grow. Even though virtually all mushrooms are safe for consumption, there’s still that 1% that are toxic and must be avoided. Be on the watch for mushrooms, and be sure to keep them out of your dog’s mouth. If your dog still manages to snag a mouth full of mushrooms, contact your veterinarian or local emergency veterinary office for instructions.

Dress up
Make sure your dog is dressed for the weather – this may seem like common sense, but it still needs to be said. Many small or short-haired dogs, especially those with single coats, can’t retain enough heat in cool weather. If you think you’ll need a sweater yourself, consider that your four legged friend might need one too.

Its dark out be seen

The days are getting shorter and shorter – soon you’ll be walking your dog in the dark. Make sure both you and your dog are visible. There are loads of options available, including reflective collars, leashes and harnesses, and flashlights or light-up products. This means you have permission for some retail therapy!

Watch out for attractive dangers!

‘Tis the season for all of those tasty poisons. Car owners are changing antifreeze in their vehicles, which is highly toxic, so avoid spills you see in parking lots and driveways. Rodents are looking for warm places to spend the winter, so many home-owners are putting out rodenticides to repel them. Ingestion of those poisons can be fatal, so if your dog comes in contact with these, or any similar dangers, be sure to contact your veterinarian or local emergency clinic immediately.

Holiday Hazards

Wether we like it or not, fall is the start of the holiday season. That means more sweets around and more decorations adorning houses, both inside and out. All of which your pet may have greater access to. To avoid a trip to the vet for a costly surgery or hospitalization, make sure those treats and the decorations stay away from those wandering noses and curious pets.

Despite a few risks, autumn can be a beautiful and invigorating time to get outside with your dog, so follow these tips and make the most out of the season – before the really cold weather hits!