Seasonal Tip

The veterinarians and staff at the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs is committed to providing excellent health care and safety advice to our clients.

Fall Safety Tips

The fall season is upon us and already leaves are changing colors and nights are growing cooler. While many of us enjoy the brisk fall season for hiking and having adventures, it’s important to make sure that you pet is protected from fall season dangers!

Flea and Tick Prevention

Even though nights are getting cooler, that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear for fleas and ticks! These pests are as active as ever, seeking a host before winter sets in. Make sure that your pet uses their flea and tick preventative all year round to keep them safe. Remember, fleas and ticks are not only annoyances, they can also be the carriers of deadly diseases!


The fall season is the perfect time to take a hike, but just like in the summer months, there are safety concerns pet owners need to be aware of. Wildlife is one of the biggest concerns for dogs on the trail. They will often seek out friendship with wild animals, not realizing that the creature they are befriending is dangerous. It’s so important to use extra caution when you and your pet are hiking where they may encounter bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, porcupines, skunks, or even deer.

Dogs can also develop heat exhaustion and altitude sickness just like their human companions. Letting your pet rest and providing water frequently is an important tip to remember. If you have an elderly pet that has a heart condition or other debilitating illness, use your common sense: it may not be a good idea to take them for a hike on Pikes Peak or another fourteener. An elderly pet that begins to pant excessively, or have difficulty breathing while hiking at high elevations, should have their activity limited and be immediately taken to a lower elevation. Medical attention should be sought out as soon as possible.

At Home

When the fall season is in full swing, we are often getting our yards and houses shut down for winter, and it’s important to make sure that your pet is safe from any household dangers. If you are winterizing your lawn for the season, be sure to follow all application instructions that include keeping your pet off the lawn. If you have a pest problem, avoid using rat and mouse poison; opt for live traps instead, to ensure that your pet doesn’t accidently ingest or come into contact with the poison intended for the pest. Also remember, cold weather products like ice melt, sidewalk salt, and antifreeze are all toxic for our pets!

As you prepare for the holidays, take extra precautions to ensure that your pet is safe from dangers like table food that can cause harm, and holiday decorations, like lit candle that could burn and foil tinsel that could cause intestinal hazards if consumed. We all know our pets are adventure-lovers and will get into the craziest things, but it’s our job to keep them as safe from these dangers as possible.

The veterinary team at the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs hopes that you have a wonderful fall season and enjoy moving into the holidays. When everyone is safe and happy, the season can be amazing!


John Boley, DVM,
DABVP Certified canine and feline practice