Living Your Best Life with Your Canine Companion: Fall Safety Tips

As the weather gets cooler, it’s the perfect time to engage in fun outdoor adventures with your canine companion. But, as we all know, safety should always be a priority. Here’s a comprehensive guide on some important fall safety tips to ensure you and your furry friend are always safe and sound during your adventures.

Putting School & Craft Supplies Out of Reach

As we begin to spend more time indoors due to the dropping temperatures, it becomes common to have school and craft supplies lying around. These can pose a serious risk to your pet if ingested. Always ensure to keep these items out of your pet’s reach.

Being Observant During Walks

During your walks, always be on the lookout for engine coolant. This substance can be deadly if ingested by your pet. It is often found in puddles, especially in parking lots or near garages, so keep an eye out and steer clear of any suspicious-looking puddles. Also, it’s okay to check your phone or change a song, but you can’t protect your pup if you aren’t being observant. Take the time to be present with them for love and for safety!

Snake Scan During Hikes

Snakes are more active during the cooler months, making it crucial to conduct a snake scan during your hikes. Snakes often hide under dense leaf piles, around down timber, and in rock spaces. You can use a long walking stick to knock on suspect rocks and wood as well as brush leaf piles before you let your dog investigate those areas. It’s always good to pause and check in with your senses. You might just miss a rattle warning! If you want more information on the types of snakes you might encounter, check out www.wildlifedepartment.com/wildlife/field-guide. In Oklahoma especially, we get random warm days in the fall and winter that are prime time for us to accidentally cross paths with a snake just wanting some sun. That happened to Dr. Emily’s tripod dog, Kalina, years ago. Kalina’s quick recall to safety may have saved her life that day!

What About Rodenticide and Mushrooms?

During fall, rodenticides are commonly used, and these can be deadly if ingested by your pet. Always watch out for these during your walks or hikes. Similarly, while most mushrooms are safe, some can be poisonous. It’s best to prevent your pet from consuming any mushrooms unless you’re absolutely sure they’re safe. In general, also leave the mushrooms alone because they are most likely there doing a service to the environment you are in. Don’t panic when you see them, just make sure your dog doesn’t eat them!

Checking for Ticks and Fleas

Even as the weather gets cooler, ticks and fleas are still a concern. Make sure to check your pet for these pests when you return from your outdoor adventures. Hopefully you have safe & effective prevention onboard, but it is still good to do a check!

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You might be thinking, “My dog is too anxious to feel safe on a hike” or “My dog is too old to have adventures” or even “I can’t think of a safe adventure for my dog!” If you have these or any other concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Tulsa Animal Rehab & Wellness. Dr. Emily is on a mission to help animals, and their families, maximize their adventure time together. Email tulsarehabvet@gmail.com and Dr. Emily will help get you started!

Remember, safety should never get in the way of having a good time with your canine companion. With the right precautions and awareness, you can make the most of your adventures this fall.

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