Autumn Safety Tips

The air is getting cooler outside, the leaves are changing, and the days are shorter.  Fall is the time of year we look forward to hayrides, pumpkin carving, bonfires, and sweater weather.  Not only are we happy to get a break from the long scorching summer days, Fido is too! Most dogs become more energetic and playful in the cooler weather after being lazy the last several months because it has been too hot. Be aware that there are new hazards for our furry friends with the season change to fall and then winter. Below are some safety tips to keep Fido safe with the changing seasons.

With the cooler weather rodents seek shelter to stay warm by moving indoors. They are not picky and will make a new home almost anywhere, your house, garage, and barn to name a few places. With the relocation of these vermin, we attempt to control them by using rodenticides. Use with extreme caution around pets as rodenticides are highly toxic to them and if ingested can be fatal. If you need to use these products make sure to store them in a place that is inaccessible to your pets.

There are many people that use Antifreeze in their vehicles starting in the fall to keep their radiator from freezing or overheating. Antifreeze and other coolants are highly toxic to pets and should be cleaned up immediately. Antifreeze/coolants made with propylene glycol are still considered toxic for pets, however they are much less toxic.

Fall is also back-to-school time for the kids. With back-to-school, parents usually stock up on various school supplies. Their stock pile usually includes items like pencils, glue sticks, and markers to name a few. Many school supply items are not considered toxic, however GI upset and blockages can happen if ingested by Fido. As with rodenticides and engine coolants, be sure to keep schools supplies out of Fido’s reach.

With fall and spring, it is not unusual to have various types of mushrooms growing in your yard and other areas where you walk your dog. 99% of wild mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the remaining 1% are highly toxic to pets and can be life threatening. The difference between toxic and nontoxic mushrooms can be difficult to distinguish, therefore it is advised to keep pets away from areas with wild mushrooms growing.

Fall is also the time of year that wild animals, for example snakes, are preparing for hibernation. Be aware of the types of venomous snakes in your area and where they are usually found so that you can keep Fido out of those areas. Snake bites are more likely this time of year, so keep Fido away from snake prone areas.

For accidental ingestion of any items considered to be toxic to pets contact your veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888)426-4435


The Great Pumpkin

It’s that time of year, the days are getting shorter, it’s getting cooler outside, and the leaves are changing, all indications that fall is here. With fall in the air many people look forward to all the different pumpkin food products to indulge in, myself included. Over the years the number of pumpkin “themed” food products has increased ten fold, some of which just seem over the top to me, but obviously there are people that like all of these different pumpkin related food items as they keep selling. From pies to lattes and everything in between it’s pumpkin season.

As you enjoy your pumpkin indulgences, let Fido indulge too!There are several health benefits for your fur baby, so consider adding pumpkin to their food or make them some tasty pumpkin treats. Here are 13 suggestions to add pumpkin to Fido’s diet:

1. Dogs with urinary problems, urinary incontinence specifically, may benefit from adding some pumpkin to their diet as oils found in pumpkin seeds and flesh are presumed to support urinary health.

2. Adding pumpkin to Fido’s diet will help improve his skin and coat due to the zinc in pumpkin.

3. Want to help slow the aging process in Fido, add some pumpkin to his diet as it is full of antioxidant beta-carotene.

4. There are many breeds prone to joint problems and as all dogs age they will have some degree of joint problems due to aging. Adding pumpkin to Fido’s diet will help reduce some of these problems as pumpkin is a great source of vitamin C, which they need more of than they naturally produce.

5. Help boost Fido’s immune system by adding pumpkin to his diet as the flesh contains vitamin C.

6. Pumpkin flesh also contains vitamin A, which is important for vision health.

7. Adding pumpkin to Fido’s diet will make him feel fuller for longer as pumpkin slows digestion.

8. Pumpkin is great for “bulking up” Fido’s food. The extra fiber will help him or his feline counter part feel full, even if they are eating fewer calories overall. For this reason, pumpkin can aid in your pet’s weight loss program as well. Try substituting a tablespoon of canned pumpkin for 1/4 cup of food.

9. Help relieve constipation by adding pumpkin due to it’s high fiber and water content.

10. Pumpkin flesh contains soluble fiber, which helps slow digestion, and can help manage diarrhea by absorbing water.

11. Keep away intestinal parasites and tapeworms by adding pumpkin to Fido’s diet as they become paralyzed by cucurbitin, an amino acid in pumpkin seeds that acts as a natural de-worming agent.

12. Roast seeds (without salt) grind them up, and add to Fido’s food, they are a great source of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

13. For Fido’s feline counter part, pumpkin can help move furballs along their digestive tract and into the litter box. Regularly adding a teaspoon a day of pumpkin to your cat’s diet will help prevent new furballs from forming.

Add pumpkin to Fido’s diet year round, not just in the fall. The best source of pumpkin is plain canned pumpkin, not the “ready for pie” version that has added fats, sugar, and spices. Most pets like pumpkin and it can therefore just be added to their regular food or made into treats. Talk to your veterinarian about how much pumpkin to safely give your pet as it will vary depending on pet’s size and current diet.



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Welcome! My name is Sherri, thank you for visiting Kona’s Blog! Kona’s Blog expresses practical, useful, and fun information for a daily dose of dog. At Kona’s Blog you will discover a wide assortment of dog-associated subjects that include: tips on training, dog-related product reviews, DIY activities for dog, stories about my three golden retrievers, and more.

My dogs are my four-legged children and mean the world to me. My husband and I were married in Hawaii September 4, 2012, both our second marriage. When we got our first golden retriever we decided to go with a Hawaiian name, which seemed appropriate since we were married in Hawaii, we named that sweet golden cotton ball Kona. A year later we decided to get her a sister, found our second golden retriever and named her Maui. They were our world, our children are too but dogs love you unconditionally and they don’t talk back lol. In July 2016, we moved to our current home after it was completed. For a housewarming gift to each other, my husband and I found our third golden love and named her Ailani. We now lovingly refer to them as “The Golden Girls”! Our Golden Girls are amazing, so full of life, loving, affectionate, and smart and I have told my husband multiple times, that I don’t know how I made it to 36 years old without the companionship of a golden retriever. Our girls have taught us a lot and continue to do so every day. My goal is to share with you all that I have learned along the way and learn more from the online dog loving community.

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