Fall is officially upon us! While the drops in temperature aren’t as drastic here in Arizona as they are in some parts of the country, there are still some seasonal changes and hazards to be aware of. Here, a Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses autumn dog care.

Decorations

Decorations are one of the bigger concerns. For example, those apple and cinnamon scented candles are definitely not things you want your pup to be able to reach. Anything small or sharp is also a hazard, as these things can be very dangerous if swallowed. And as for that mechanical screaming Dracula, you may find that it agitates your canine companion. It may be best to put it somewhere Fido won’t see it too much.

Candy

Candy is another danger. Many of those seasonal favorites contain chocolate, which is toxic to dogs. They may also contain things like raisins, nuts, and xylitol, which are also unsafe for Man’s Best Friend. Hard candies can also be choking hazards, as can plastic wrappers. Keep candy and other treats in spots where your furry friend can’t get to them.

Halloween

Halloween can be a very fun holiday, but it can also be dangerous. Increased traffic–both vehicular and pedestrian–is definitely something to be aware of. Dogs can also get quite agitated when they find themselves faced by a constantly-ringing doorbell and a barrage of costumed guests. If you get a lot of trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood, it’s probably a good idea to put your canine pal in a back room before the stream of costumed kiddos starts. Give him toys and treats to keep him occupied.

Wild Animals

At this time of year, many wild animals may be more agitated and aggressive than usual. Don’t let your pooch nose around spots that may have occupants.

Hikes

Flagstaff, Sedona, and many other spots offer beautiful foliage. Why not take Fido on a one-tank trip, or even for an overnight stay? Just put your pup’s safety first. Make sure he is caught up on his vaccines and parasite control. Your furry pal should also be microchipped, leashed and wearing ID tags.

Nights

Autumn nights can get quite chilly! Make sure Fido has a comfy bed, where he can curl up and dream about bacon and squirrels.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal hospital, anytime!