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Autumn can be a great time to head out and about with your dog. The leaves are turning beautiful golden colours, the weather’s not too hot and there are lots of puddles for your dog to splash around in.

But there are also a few things that are more common around this time of year that all dog owners should be aware of. Especially as they can harm your dog or make them ill.

We’ve put together a list of the top 5 autumn dangers to help you be extra vigilant around this time of year. Autumn dangers for dogs

1) Conkers

Conkers may look appetising to dogs but it’s important they don’t ingest them. As much as they look like food, if eaten, they can actually cause your dog to be very ill. As well as diarrhoea, they can cause vomiting, abdominal pains, drooling, retching and even intestinal blockages.

2) Antifreeze

As we move into the colder months, it’s more than likely you’ll have antifreeze rolling around in the car somewhere, ready for those frosty mornings. And even though it’s often a must for helping you get going in the mornings, make sure it’s kept somewhere safe, away from your dog’s reach.

It’s also worth noting that antifreeze can leak from your car’s radiator. Antifreeze is quite sweet tasting to dogs so it’s likely if they find it that they might try to ingest some.

The first signs of toxification are usually when your dog appears to be drunk. The quicker you can get your dog to the vets, the better. Even a small amount can cause serious kidney damage or can even be fatal.

3) Fallen leaves

Noisy, crunchy piles of leaves are immediately exciting for dogs who love to play. But rustling around in them can be problematic for dogs - especially if they have been lying around for a while.

Once fallen, leaves start to slowly decay if not cleared up. And piles of wet, muddy leaves can house a large amount of bacteria and mould, that can be harmful to your dog.

If you’re walking in leafy environments, make sure that you keep your dog on its lead. This way you can make sure you keep a close eye on what they’re doing, as well as keep them away from any potential hazards.

beautiful brown and white spaniel dog in the woods

4) Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI)

The cause of Seasonal Canine Illness is still unknown. However, we do know that it is most likely to occur around this time of year (between August and November). It is most likely to occur after a dog has been walking in woodland and it can affect dogs of any size and breed.

Signs that your dog may have SCI include sickness, diarrhoea and tiredness. These symptoms are most likely to appear quite soon after walking in the woods – usually within 72 hours.

If you think your dog might have SCI, take them to your vet immediately.

5) Mushrooms

Just like there are lots of mushrooms that can be poisonous to humans, there are lots of different types of fungi that your dog also shouldn’t eat.

The best thing to do when out walking is to keep an eye on your dog to make sure they don’t ingest anything they shouldn’t. Especially if you’re playing fetch or have a dog toy with you.

When you’re out walking your dog this autumn, try to pick areas that are clear of piles of leaves so you can see what’s on the ground clearly. Keep your dog on their lead, and as always, if you have any questions or are worried about any of these issues, the best person to speak to is your vet.

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