!Let's Talk! Button

Autumn Hazards for Pets

October 15, 2016

Fall is finally here! After a long, hot summer, those crisp, cool breezes are very refreshing. Autumn can be a dangerous time for our four-legged friends, however. Below, a local Thorold, ON vet lists some fall hazards for pets.


Many people apply pesticides, fertilizers, and other lawn/garden products to their properties in fall. These things are very dangerous to pets! Fido and Fluffy can get sick just by licking their paws after walking across a lawn or garden that was recently treated. Antifreeze is another issue, as it’s extremely toxic to dogs and cats. Clean any antifreeze spills immediately, and cover the stain with sand or litter. We also recommend wiping your furry buddy’s paws and belly down with a damp cloth every day.


Autumn can be quite chilly! If you have a pooch with thin fur, pick up a doggy jacket for Fido. This is also a great time of year to give your canine pal’s doghouse a good cleaning. Kitties are much safer staying indoors, but if you do let Fluffy go outside, make sure she has an emergency shelter.

Wild Animals

Many animals get rather grumpy as they are preparing to hibernate. Don’t let your pet roam freely in wooded or remote areas!


Seasonal decorations can give your home a pretty, whimsical feel, but they also can pose a threat to playful pets. Wires, cords, and dangling threads can choke or entangle your furball. Plastic items often break easily, and can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries if your furry friend tries to eat them. Candles are also a concern: pets and flames are a very dangerous mix! Place decorations well out of paws’ reach.

Plants And Mushrooms

Many things that bloom in fall, such as chrysanthemums and dahlias, are toxic to our furry pals. Mushrooms, for instance, often sprout at this time of year, and can be very poisonous.


As Halloween approaches, keep that candy dish away from your furball. Candies and sweets often contain ingredients that aren’t safe for dogs and cats. Chocolate, nuts, and xylitol are just a few examples. Many Turkey Day foods, such as meat on the bone; pitted fruits; garlic and onions; and grapes, currants, and raisins, are also toxic to pets. Ask your vet for more information.

Is your pet due for veterinary care? Contact us, your Thorold, ON animal hospital, today!

  • All
  • Uncategorized
Lady in blonde hair and white long shirt hugging a dog

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and you guessed it -just like humans, pets…
Read More
Four Corgis in a yellow couch

What Dog Is Best for an Apartment?

We know what you’re thinking: “I love dogs, but I live in an apartment. How…
Read More
Spoodle running with tongue sticking out

Poodle Day

Today, October 1st, is Poodle Day! These iconic dogs have very unique appearances, and make…
Read More
Gray cat finger fed with sliced cucumber

Unusual Cat Eating Habits

Cats are mysterious creatures. We all know that, but did you know that their eating…
Read More
Cat with blue eyes

Eye Problems In Cats

Our feline buddies have strikingly beautiful eyes. Cats’ eyes can be many different colors, from…
Read More
Two adult huskies with doc cake

5 Things To Do For Holistic Pet Day

Holistic Pet Day is August 30th! There is a growing awareness of the benefits of…
Read More
Brown hairy dog breed and gray cat snuggling together on the floor

Caring For A Super Senior Pet

Is your pet entering—or already into—their golden years? Pets age the way many people do…
Read More
Names tags collar

Pet Names

Did you know that Max was the top male dog name of 2021? We love…
Read More
Black dog in a cage with pink ribbon on the neck

Is Fostering Pets Right For You?

May is National Foster Care Month! Many of our furry patients are former fosters, or…
Read More
1 2 3 21