Autumn Seasonal Tips For Your Dog

by Nancy Boland

I don’t know about your dog, but mine loves the crisp, brisk temperatures Autumn brings. But aside from gorgeous, leafy walks and cooler temperatures, Autumn brings some seasonal issues along with it that you must be aware of when taking your dog out and about on your walks and afar. Here are some Autumn Seasonal Tips For Your Dog:

Rodent Poisons

Autumn  is the time of year when mice, rats, and other rodents start scurry for warmth. The best and most obvious place for them to find this is your home, so make sure you are prepared for any unwanted visitors by using safe mouse traps instead of poisonous chemicals that will be fatal if your dog gets into them.

Even if you don’t have a rodent problem or choose to deal with mice and rats humanely, you never know what methods your neighbours are using. The carcasses of rodents that have been killed inhumanely by poison can also be dangerous, so if you see any bones lying around at home or during trips out with your dog, make sure to stay aware and keep them safe.


With Autumn weather comes rain, and more moisture creates the perfect habitat for mushrooms to prosper. While most mushrooms are perfectly safe, there’s a small percentage that are highly toxic to dogs and other animals and dogs can be curious creatures who insist on investigating everything – so keep a sharp eye on what exactly their noses into to avoid trouble!

Weight Gain

Cooler temperatures mean both you and your pooch expel a little bit more energy than when it’s warm, so you’ll probably notice your dog is especially urgent for his next meal after a brisk walk in cooler temperatures. Dogs that spend a lot of time exercising outdoors need to eat more than in the summer, but it’s important not to go overboard and start dishing out tremendous amounts. Make sure you talk to your vet if you’re unsure of portion amounts, or feel your dog is unusually hungry during the colder weather.

Antifreeze Toxicity

In preparing for the winter months ahead, or unseasonably cold weather means winterising your car.  This often involves changing fluids such as antifreeze, which can be deadly for pets.

The toxicity comes from an ingredient called ethylene glycol, which has a sickly-sweet smell that entices dogs and other pets to lap it up. Make sure you’re extra careful with this product if you use it in the upcoming months and always clean up any spills during frosty mornings.

Toxic Foods

The Autumn and winter seasons of course mean celebrating and that means food! It’s important to make sure your pets don’t get into any foods that can make them sick; for dogs, this means chocolate, grapes, and raisins are off limits because they are toxic.

Just because some foods aren’t technically considered toxic to pets doesn’t mean they’re safe. Rich, high-fat foods can cause stomach problems such as diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. Also, think about small food items that can be choking hazards, like turkey bones when it’s time for Sunday Roast again. Also be sure to keep chocolate away from little noses during Halloween time.



Halloween is becoming a bigger deal in the UK, so be careful about leaving irregularly shaped objects and trinkets around the house. While you might like to get into the seasonal spirit, eating spooky props can be dangerous and lead to foreign body obstruction so always keep decorations where dog’s can look but not touch, or in their case, inhale!

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