With each new season, different adventures and issues await your dog. During the fall months, the most common concerns are allergies, exposure to chocolate and tricky seasonal temperatures.
Just as humans can suffer from seasonal allergies, canine companions can have allergies as well.
Autumn allergies can include ragweed, pollen, mold and mites. Some of the most common allergic reactions can be licking and chewing of the feet, itchy ears, rubbing of the face and scratching. While these things may not be inherently dangerous for your dog, they can lead to more serious situations. Excessive licking and scratching could easily cause open sores or hotspots that can get infected. If you suspect that your dog might have allergies you should contact your vet.
A major autumn predator for dogs is chocolate. With the celebration of Halloween, there can be an abundance of chocolate in the home. Did you know that chocolate can be toxic for dogs? The formal term for poisoning by chocolate is Theobromine Poisoning. If you know that your dog has ingested chocolate, it is imperative to contact your veterinarian quickly because time is of the essence. It’s good to know what type of chocolate they have had and how much because this can help the vet with their course of action. According to Animal Planet, “for dogs, a chemical in chocolate called theobromine is the source of the problem. Theobromine is similar to caffeine”. The main treatment for chocolate poisoning is to endure vomiting. It is the best way to remove the toxins from their system so that it is not processed.
While the Fall often brings cooler temperatures, mother nature provides no guarantees. When your pooch is in the car, be aware of the outside temperature. Do you know how quickly dogs can overheat in a poorly ventilated, hot car? Dogs can die when left in a hot car. In order to keep your dog safe, please be aware that cars can reach over 100 degrees within ten minutes! Animals can suffer from heatstroke and even brain damage if left in a hot car for too long. Currently, some states have laws against this type of animal cruelty. According to the Animal Legal and Historical Center, you can be arrested and convicted of animal cruelty. A good rule of thumb to help guide your decision to take Fido is to leave him home if the temperatures are in the seventies or above.