5 Dangers of Autumn & Puppies

The fall is a wonderful time filled with colour, new smells and perfect dog walking weather. Puppies love autumn, the cool refreshing air feels amazing on their coat and all those new smells are wonderful for exploring! But, with everything new there always comes a few hazards too. While we want our puppies to have fun exploring and learning, there are some ways to make sure they stay safe during their first autumn. Checkout our list of five dangers autumn can present to puppies below...

1. Acorns

Exposure to acorns in dogs is common in the autumn and winter.  The toxic ingredient is thought to be tannic acid, which can cause damage to the liver and kidneys. Signs include vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and lethargy.  Ingested acorns can also cause an intestinal blockage.

2. Mushrooms and Toadstools

Some mushrooms are highly toxic to dogs but even fungi experts (mycologists) find it difficult to tell between them. The best bet is to ensure you keep all of them well out of your dog’s reach.

3. Fallen Leaves

Piles of leaves can develop bacteria and mould.  If your dog ingests these it can lead to gastrointestinal upsets. A great way to avoid this is to regularly rake and dispose of any piles of leaves you have building up. Or, rake the leaves to a place where your puppy doesn't have access to.

4. Seasonal Canine Illness

Cases of this mystery illness are generally seen between August and November. Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) can affect dogs of any size, shape or sex and it causes dogs to become very ill, very quickly after being walked in woodland.  The most common clinical signs are sickness, diarrhoea and lethargy, typically experienced within 72 hours of walking in woodland. If you suspect your dog is showing signs of SCI then contact your vet immediately. This is still a very new and unknown illness, with the first cases appearing in 2009. Talk to your Veterinarian or contact MaxCare's Vet's for more information.

5. Seasonal Allergies

Just like humans, dogs can present allergies during specific times of the year too. During the Autumn months, your puppy may start to present allergic reactions to different pollens or leaves. If your puppy is showing signs of allergic reactions, be sure to speak with a Veterinarian on ways to treat and prevent it. For more information on seasonal allergies head to our blog post on allergies.

Whether it's your pups first Autumn or their tenth, it's important to be aware of the different hazards that can be present so you know what to avoid. The Autumn months are perfect for enjoying quality time with your puppy. Don't let these hazards stop you from doing that! Just be sure to educate yourself and be aware of your surroundings.

Environmental allergies in dogs are more common than one may think and they're actually more common in dogs than in cats, know more about allergies on .

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