Fall in New England is a great time to be active outdoors with your dog.
Here are few seasonal safety concerns I keep in mind for fun throughout this season.
The days are shorter, and often it is quite dark by evening walk times. Consider a reflective coat, collar, leash light, or a brightly colored vest for your dog. It will make your dog stand out and be easier for others to see. Bright orange and reflective coats are a good idea too if you and your dog spend time in areas where hunting takes place nearby. Always check wild areas for postings indicating the type of hunting allowed and what time it is permitted.
Fall can be a drying time of year for your dog’s coat and the colder temperatures at night encourage us to turn on our heating systems and light up our fireplaces. Brushing your dog frequently during this season will help to distribute the natural oils helping to keep your dog’s coat healthy and in its best condition.
When the weather is cooler wildlife becomes more active as it busily prepares winter. This means that your dog may be more likely to have an encounter with a wild critter. You may also find mice, bats, squirrels and others trying to move inside your warm home. It’s hard to keep small rodents out. If you, a friend or neighbor, choose to use traps or poisons your dog needs protection because their natural curiosity will cause them to explore new objects and smells. Your dog can be hurt by mouse snap traps, rodenticides, or by chewing or eating a rodent that injected poison. The catch and release type traps are the safest all-around option.
Be on the lookout for plants outside that produce fruits or berries in the fall. A plant that was harmless may be poisonous now. Also, your dog may have shown no interest in that particular plant until those berries or fruits show up.
In every season there is a holiday or special events such as a wedding, birthday occurring that has potential to upset your dog, requiring a little special preparation on your part to minimize stress levels your dog may experience.
Although this practice has rarely (ok, never) made me a favorite host I implement and, (well, I actually post) pet safety rules for both day and overnight guests. Informing folks in advance is the only way to ensure my pet safety rules are known. Pets can be overwhelmed by changes such as larger numbers of people at a party, kids, visiting animals, music, and outbursts. Your guest’s medications may end up in pet accessible areas. It may be helpful to designate a secure pet room that is off-limits to guest traffic. In case your pet escapes, risks are reduced if your pet is wearing ID tags. It is a good idea to have a current picture and your animal control officer’s number on hand.
Every season can also hold an allergy stimulation. As with people, dogs have indoor, outdoor, topical and internal allergic reactions. Your veterinarian is your best resource for uncovering causes and determining treatment.
A regular InTune Groom session with your dog can help to clear stagnant energies and improve circulation throughout the seasons. Check out https://lindasaraco.com/intune-groom/ to learn more.