Autumn is a fun time for us humans, with Halloween, fireworks, the trees with changing leaves and colder weather. For our dogs Autumn bring some extra hazards to be aware of. Here's our vets advice to help make our Autumns a calmer, healthier time for your dogs.
Many dogs are nervous and frightened of fireworks loud bangs and explosions can be very scary. Luckily, with the right care, you can keep your dog calm and help them cope with these sudden noises.
- Socialising your dogs when they are puppies, will help them cope with sudden noises, like fireworks, gun shot or even popping corks as they grow up.
- If your matured dog is still frightened of fireworks, you can help them prepare for fireworks by gradually getting them used to the strange sounds and loud bangs they'll hear. You can use a special noises and sounds CD to help teach your pet that these noises aren't something to be frightened of. This can be done in your own time, and as you dog hets used to it they will have less fear of the rear thing. Think of all those police and army dogs and what they endure! this is all because of de sensitising to the sounds and noises until they no longer blink an eye.
- Set up a safe space for your dog to hide out in on bonfire night. Dogs like cosy dens and cats feel safer high up on a stable shelf or on top of a cupboard.
Poisonous plants and other autumn hazards
There are many other hidden hazards around our gardens, out on walks and in out homes that can cause problems for curious dogs. Here are a list of things to be aware of in Autumn:
Conkers and acorns: These are very toxic to dogs. Poisoning cases are rare but they can cause stomach problems, vomiting and intestinal blockages if they're eaten.
Blue-green algae: This algae is really toxic and can kill pets quickly if they eat it. The algae blooms from late spring to early autumn and looks like a blue-green scum on the water. Dogs who love a dip are most at risk so if you're worried about the look of the water, don't let your dog go in for a swim or drink it.
Antifreeze: Autumn brings colder weather with it and you might start using antifreeze to defrost your car. This is really toxic to pets but can be very tempting, especially to cats, because it has a sweet taste. Mop up any spills carefully when you top up your car.
Bonfires: Unlit bonfires can be a really tempting place to curl up on a cold night, especially for small animals like hedgehogs. Always check your bonfire for any unexpected visitors before you light it.
Time for flea treatments
We all know that regular flea treatment should be part of your dogs healthcare, and now is a perfect time to administer the treatment. This will help stop your pet from picking up fleas and suffering from an itchy infestation. As well as treating your dog for fleas, it's a good idea to treat your home to get rid of any flea eggs that might be ready to hatch. As cold weather draws in and we put the heating back on for another year, flea eggs can be 'woken up' by central heating.