AHHHH Autumn, cool brisk wind, everything pumpkin spice flavored, and a time of much candy and costumes. Its the perfect time to start putting coats and sweaters on those short haired dogs and bring out the blankets.
A few things to remember during this time of year.
The cold doesn’t bother our German Shepard’s like it does Chihuahuas but lets face it our dogs drink a ton of water and they cant drink it if its frozen or extremely cold. Drinking extremely cold water while they are running around and being goofy dogs that they are can give them muscle spasms and make it harder for them to breath. So please remember ditch the outside water bowels or get a heated water bowl for outside like this one and keep the ones inside full.
With Halloween right around the corner we need to remind the kids that candy is very very bad for dogs. Making a designated place in the kids rooms or in the kitchen or where ever you keep your candy so that kids and adults can get to it but not the dogs. Also reminding the kids to keep it off the coffee tables and floor would be smart as well.
Costumes for dogs. If your fur-baby is going trick-or-treating with the family remember to make sure that any hat or shirt is not tight around their neck giving them enough room to move and breath. Also be sure there is no paint or anything toxic in the case that the costume gets eaten when you turn your head for .2 seconds.
Pumpkin is great for dogs and cats, and they seem to really like it but keep an eye on the pumpkins that you plan to feed your dog and the ones outside that could get dog-napped when your not looking. While Pumpkin is good for them the mold, mildew, paint, marker, or other objects on the pumpkin aren’t so good for dogs.
With winter right around the corner everyone is getting their vehicles in top running conditions to lower the chance of a breakdown during a massive snow storm. If your doing these things at home you are probably checking or flushing the coolant system and possibly leaking some antifreeze on the ground, or changing the oil and dropping some of that on the ground. Remember Antifreeze has a very sweet smell but is extremely deadly to dogs. Oil is not exactly sweet smelling but something about it makes dogs want to lick it. Oil is not as deadly as antifreeze but it is defiantly not good! If you are doing automotive maintenance please be sure to clean up after your self very well before letting the dogs into that area.