Autumn Hazards for Your Dog or Cat

The cooler breezes and changing leaves of autumn are finally here. Is your pet prepared to face the hazards that come with this time of year? Use your Westminster, MD veterinarian’s tips to keep your dog or cat safe from these fall-time dangers:

Chilly Weather

First, remember that things can start getting quite chilly in the autumn, especially overnight. Don’t leave your pet outside for long stretches of time. They’ll be most comfortable inside your home with you and your family, where they’ll stay safe and warm.

Halloween Hazards

Halloween and trick-or-treat night are coming up fast. This holiday presents multiple hazards for our furry friends! Keep a close eye on all chocolates and candies, as both can cause serious symptoms of poisoning in cats and dogs alike. If you plan on dressing your pet up in a costume, do so with caution—make sure the costume fits properly, as clothing that’s extremely baggy or tight can stress out a pet, and check the costume for small bits of plastic or metal that could be swallowed or choked on.

Autumn Plants

Common autumnal plants like pumpkins, gourds, and fall corn aren’t toxic to pets, necessarily. However, they can cause harm if your pet decides to chow down on them. First, too much of any foreign substance ingested by your pet can cause them to experience vomiting or diarrhea. Plus, the hard chunks of these autumn plants can easily get lodged in your pet’s throat and cause choking! Make sure your pet doesn’t try to munch on your home’s autumn decorations.

Wild Animals

Many wild animals are preparing to hibernate for the winter during this time of year. Snakes are a particular danger, as pets can accidentally startle them while outdoors and experience a bite. Don’t let your pet roam around in tall grasses or thick shrubbery, and monitor them closely while outdoors. Ask your vet what kinds of snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, are common in your area.


When the weather cools down, we might use pesticide products inside our homes to ward off insect or rodent infiltrators. Place pesticides with extreme caution; these substances are designed to poison what comes in contact with them! You might also consider non-toxic, pet-safe alternative methods, like traps.

Does your dog or cat need veterinary attention? We’re always here for you! Set up an appointment today to see your Westminster, MD vet.

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