Fall Saftey Tips

September 30, 2013

The Hot and Sticky Sum­mer months are unfor­tu­nately over.  Now The dogs can enjoy a bit of the cooler weather with the Fall sea­son here.

As with any change of sea­son, your pet is com­ing in con­tact with new expe­ri­ences and expo­sures both around the house and out­doors that per­haps weren’t present in the pre­vi­ous sea­son. To pro­tect your pet this fall, here are some com­mon haz­ards that you and your fam­ily should be aware of.…


School sup­plies

Now that the kids are back in school, your pet may be tempted to snack on some school sup­plies that may be lying around, such as crayons, mark­ers, glue, or pen­cils. These objects can be a chok­ing haz­ard or can be toxic for your pet to ingest. Keep school sup­plies in areas where your pet can’t reach them and share this impor­tant tip with your children.



We do not rec­om­mend the use of roden­ti­cides.  How­ever, their use tends to be higher in the fall, when mice are start­ing to look for some­where warm to go for the win­ter. Roden­ti­cides are toxic to more than just mice, so make sure they’re placed in areas not acces­si­ble to your pets. As an alter­na­tive, we rec­om­mend a holis­tic deter­rent of vine­gar and pep­per mix spray.


Engine coolants

If you’re chang­ing your engine coolant this fall, avoid eth­yl­ene glycol-based coolants and instead go for the less toxic glycol-based coolants. Glycol-based coolants could still make your pet sick if ingested, so any spills should be cleaned thoroughly.



With days get­ting shorter, there may be less day­light dur­ing your dog walks. Make sure both you and your pet are wear­ing bright col­ors or con­sider pur­chas­ing a col­lar with an LED light.

Sea­sonal allergies

If your pet has sea­sonal aller­gies in the fall, there are ways you can alle­vi­ate some of their symp­toms.  You can check with Your vet­eri­nar­ian for infor­ma­tion on how to treat/prevent this.

Indoor and out­door heat­ing sources

Keep your pet from get­ting too close to poten­tially dan­ger­ous heat­ing sources. That means keep­ing your fire­place cover closed and keep­ing pets away from out­door fire pits and elec­tric heaters. Remem­ber to also turn off elec­tric heaters if no one is home.



While most wild mush­rooms aren’t toxic, it can be dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish a toxic mush­room from a non-toxic one. Keep your pet away from areas where wild mush­rooms are found. If you see that your pet has eaten a wild mush­room, con­tact your vet or ani­mal poi­son con­trol immediately.


If you have any Ques­tions feel free to con­tact any­one at TODH and we will be more then happy to help you out.

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