Fall Is Here, Is Your Dog Ready?

The ASPCA offers dog owners tips as colder weather begins to roll in.

Updated: November 4, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Dog and autumn leavesFall has arrived, and that means colder, wintry weather – and the holidays – are just around the corner. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has issued several tips to keep dogs safe as temperatures begin to drop and as holiday baking and decorating abound.

Keep dogs warm and dry. Pets should have a warm place to sleep that’s off the floor and away from drafts. Wipe dogs’ legs and stomach when they come inside from the snow, sleet or ice. Don’t leave dogs alone in parked cars, as temperatures can fall quickly in a short period of time.

Clean up after yourself. Coolant and antifreeze are toxic to dogs. Pet owners should thoroughly clean up any vehicle spills and be aware of melting ice that may be contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Keep pets close. Dogs should be kept on a leash during inclement weather as they can more easily become lost; make sure dogs’ identification tags are up-to-date.

Keep pets on their regular diets. As the season filled with treats and goodies approaches, pets should remain on their normal diets. Changes can affect their digestive system causing indigestion and diarrhea.

Keep alcoholic beverages out of pets’ reach. If dogs accidentally ingest alcohol, they can become sick and weak.

Consider dogs when decorating for holidays. Lilies, mistletoe and holiday berries can be toxic for pets. And decorations such as ribbons and tinsel can cause intestinal obstruction if swallowed.

If a dog has accidentally ingested a harmful substance, contact a veterinarian immediately.


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Breanna   Yougwood, PA

11/6/2010 6:06:07 PM

Good Tip's thanks

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

11/6/2010 5:53:05 PM


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Aiyanna   Eugene, OR

11/4/2010 9:03:19 PM

Thank you for the useful tip! Even though my dog is an outside dog, we have a fresh straw room just for her with a heating lamp, that keeps her warm at a toasty 80

One time, Bear accidentally licked up some antifreeze that the guy who was helping fix my dad's car left behind. we took her to the vet immediately and gave her some medicine and cleaned her tongue. it was a pretty scary

Another time, Bear wandered farther away from our home, and if it wasn't for her id tag with my dad's phone number and address on it, she would have been taken to the shelter. We are going to get her microchiped

I would never give Bear any sort of drink besides water. i always make sure she has fresh clean water every day and also make sure that the bowl is cleaned out every

When it comes to holidays, i love to envolve Bear in all the Christmas activies we are doing. Bear even gets her own stocking and presents!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

11/4/2010 7:51:00 PM

Good to keep in mind.

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