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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!