Dangers That Could Affect Your Pet’s Health This Fall

Cooler weather, beautiful scenery and fall activities are a few of the reasons many people love autumn, but you’ve got to be careful—this time of year can be dangerous for your dogs, cats and other pets.

This post will cover, “How fall can affect my pet’s health?”


Applying insecticides, rodenticides and other chemical agents is a great way to keep pests out of your home in the cooler months; however, those chemicals can harm your pets if they ingest them. Before applying any chemicals, check the label to ensure they’re safe for pets, and be sure to store the bottles out of your pets’ reach.

Ticks and fleas

Pests like ticks and fleas aren’t just a problem in the summer—they both continue to thrive until the temperatures really drop in the winter. Be sure to perform routine checks to look for those nasty insects, and give your pets preventative medicines or topical treatments.

Leaf piles

Fall foliage is beautiful, and many dogs enjoy diving into the large piles of raked leaves—but those piles are one of the dangers for pets in fall. Leaf piles often contain sharp ticks and other hazards that could hurt your four-legged friend. Instead of letting your pet dive into piles on the side of the road, rake up safe piles in your yard, and let your dog play in those.


Humans aren’t the only ones who tend to get runny noses and watery eyes in the fall. Autumn allergens like ragweed, pollen, mold and dust are another way fall can affect your pet’s health. Talk to your vet if your pets are experiencing allergy-like symptoms about prescribing some anti-allergy medicines.


Many drivers fill their vehicles with antifreeze this time of year to protect them from colder temperatures, but be warned: This substance’s sweet scent and taste appeal to pets, and even a few drops can be fatal. Store antifreeze containers far out of reach, and clean up any spills ASAP.

Early evening darkness

The days will start getting shorter soon, which is both a bummer and a hazard for pets and humans alike. Be sure to wear reflective gear when walking your dog in the dark, as drivers may have difficulty seeing you otherwise.

Festive treats

You could argue that Halloween candy and Thanksgiving dinner are two of the best parts of the season. While these foods are fine for humans, they can be toxic for your pets. Chocolate and gummies are both fatal for some pets, and the fatty meats served during Thanksgiving aren’t recommended for pets’ consumption.

Holiday decor

Be mindful of your pets if you get in the festive spirit and decorate your home for Halloween. Light strings can get tangled around your dogs and cats, and many decorations pose a choking hazard if pets get ahold of them.

How can we help?

Look out for all of these dangers for pets in fall, and bring your pet to Sunnyside Pet Hospital if anything seems wrong. Our staff can quickly diagnose your pet and correct any health issue.