Let’s Review: Fall Safety Tips For Your Dogs and Cats

Reviewed by: David Dilmore, DVM
Reviewed on: October 20, 2015

The changing of the seasons can also mean a new set of considerations or dangers for your pets. To help keep your dog or cat in good health this autumn, review the following safety tips.

Yard and Garden Safety

Fall is the time of year when people tend to clean up their yards. Keep in mind that there are many potential hazards out there for your pets. Focus on dog safety and cat safety by following these tips:

  • Store your lawn and garden products in a place that your pets cannot get into.
  • Confine your pets in a safe area when you are using potentially toxic products.
  • If your pet is exposed to anything that is potentially toxic, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. If a trip to the vet is required, be sure to bring the possibly toxic product container along for the vet to inspect.
  • Pick up fruit, fruit pits, berries, seeds, leaves, and stems that have fallen to the ground, as all can be harmful to pets.
  • Compost toxins are a real risk to pets that like to poke around the bin.  Keep your compost and yard waste in closed containers.
  • Plants that have lost their leaves in autumn and are bare can pose a hazard to pets’ eyes as they run or play in the yard. Secure the plants with a small barrier to help prevent your dog or cat from cutting or poking himself.

Weather Changes

Temperatures start to drop in the autumn months as we approach winter. Keep cooler weather in mind when caring for your pets. This could mean bringing them inside earlier in the evening if the air is brisk, or making sure they have a warm blanket to sleep on at night.

As days get shorter, you may find that your early morning or evening walks are done while it’s dark out. For pet safety, wear bright colors, and make sure your pet is wearing a reflective collar or blinking light so you both are visible to cars.

 

New Routines

With the carefree days of summer gone and the kids back in school, household routines and schedules often shift. Dogs who were used to having a house full of people or going on family vacations may need to adjust to spending more time alone. Some may even exhibit signs of separation anxiety, such as destructive behavior, excessive barking or house soiling. To avoid this, try introducing new routines to your pets slowly so they have time to adapt.

Need More Information?

You can read more fall safety tips in the articles below, or access a full list of resources in our pet health library.