Can you feel it? The air is finally starting to cool down after a long, hot summer. As kids go back to school at home or online and the leaves begin to fall, there’s a buffet of sensory fun awaiting pets.


As your pets get out in the world and enjoy the crunch of fall leaves, there are  a few hazards to look out for. In this post from the veterinary care team at Normandale Vet in Edina, we’ll talk about some of the most common fall hazards for pets. Follow this advice to keep your furry pals safe and give us a call to schedule your pet’s annual check-up.

1.   Plan Ahead for Cold Weather.

Although the weather is still fairly moderate, it won’t be for long. Pretty soon, we’ll all be breaking out our heavy winter coats. And if we’re cold, you can rest assured your pets are as well. One of the biggest mistakes pet owners can make is to assume because your pets have fur, they are going to be warm enough to handle the cold.


In reality, winter poses a serious threat to pets, especially cats, small dogs, and older animals. Be cautious about how much time you allow your pet to spend outdoors when the weather is cold, and watch for signs of arthritis in older pets. With short-haired breeds, consider adding a weather or jacket.

2.   Prepare for Darker Days

The days are getting shorter by the week, and that means darker evenings and longer nights. If you take your pet for walks or you’re worried she could get out, spend the money to invest in reflective clothing or a vest so she’ll stand out to drivers. And always keep your dog on a leash when you’re out for a walk.

3.   Be Cautious With Antifreeze

Antifreeze is highly toxic, but to pets, it smells and tastes sweet. This makes it one of the most significant fall dangers for family pets. If you spill antifreeze in your garage or on your driveway, be sure to clean it up as carefully as possible. You should also be cautious when walking your pets as rock salt and deicers can be harmful to your pets.

4.   Be Careful With Holiday Cheer

Although it will still be awhile before we break out the yule logs, pretty soon you may be thinking about setting up Halloween or fall decorations. Festive decorations can pose serious threats for pets, who find them interesting and could choke on them or ingest toxic materials. Be careful about plants and decorations you place within reach of your pets. You should also be cautious about leaving candy, especially chocolate, where pets can get to it.

Contact Our Edina Veterinarian Care Team for Your Pet’s Fall Checkup

When it comes to keeping your pets safe this fall, remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Stay on top of your pet’s annual vaccines and keep the ASPCA’s pet poison control info on your fridge.


If you suspect your family pet is suffering from arthritis or if you need to get them spayed or neutered, contact us at Normandale Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment. Connect our veterinarian care team by calling 952-831-8272 or send us a message on our contact page to speak to a veterinarian.