Fall Safety Tips for Pet Owners

poodle puppy in fall leavesThe summer months have flown by and September is here. As school starts back up, the weather grows cooler and the holiday season begins, there are a few new risks to consider. Things are changing both indoors and outdoors and a watchful eye is important to keep your dog safe from harm.


While most mushroom species are not toxic, there are a few that are extremely poisonous to both dogs and humans. These toxic mushrooms are very difficult to distinguish from their harmless counterparts, and both flourish in damp fall weather. Pull up mushrooms in your yard to keep your pup from eating them and watch carefully to prevent them from snacking on mushrooms on walks and hikes. If you do see your dog eating a mushroom, contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center or your local veterinarian immediately.

Rat Poison

Rodent problems are most common in the fall as temperatures outside begin to drop. Many families use mouse and rat poison to keep these creatures from entering their home, but these poisons are also deadly to our pets and wildlife. When placing traps, be sure to put them somewhere your furry friend cannot reach and consider using snap traps or live traps instead of poison. If you do find your dog with a dead rodent, keep a close eye on them, watching for lethargy, difficulty breathing and tremors. If these symptoms or any other strange behaviors occur, contact your vet right away.


Whether your pooch loves to greet the crowds of children flocking to your door for treats or would rather hide in their favorite cozy spot, Halloween can be a dangerous night for pets. Make sure your dog is safe by keeping them indoors throughout the festivities and paying attention to them – and the Halloween candy! Chocolate is harmful to dogs, especially in large quantities, so be sure to keep your candy in a safe place out of your pup’s reach.

Holiday Decorations

Beginning with Halloween and continuing through Thanksgiving and the winter months, there will be plenty of decorations around your house. While some dogs are completely disinterested in these new household additions, others can’t help but let their curiosity get the best of them. Keep all chewable decorations well out of your pet’s reach to ensure both their safety and that of the home décor!

Enjoy the holiday festivities and the chance to snuggle up with your dog this autumn. Learn more fall safety tips with Pet Health Network and contact your vet with any questions.

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