As the leaves change colors, the weather begins to cool down, and your dog will probably want to spend more time on longer walks. From changing diets, new grooming practices, and things to watch out for, explore these top tips for providing autumn pet care this new season.
Health is Wealth
While ticks are a summer issue, it’s vital to remember that pesky ticks can survive throughout winter. They may even thrive in autumnal settings like piles of garden leaves or large piles of compose. In addition, your pet is as susceptible as you are to fall allergens. So, rake those leaves and cut your grass short to reduce your pet’s skin irritation. If you discover your pet itching more than usual, check with a vet to identify any potential allergies.
Allow Their Fur to Grow
As pet parents start to rummage to the back of their wardrobes for huge winter jumpers and fleece blankets, our pets will require their coats to keep them cozy and warm this fall. As part of your autumn pet care regime, allow your pet’s fur to grow slightly more in the next few months. Remember also to neaten up their coats and trim their nails.
Adjust Their Feeding Routine
Keeping up a consistent exercise routine throughout these colder months is essential. So, while finding the motivation to walk with your pal might be more challenging, they will really appreciate you! However, it’s natural that our pets will spend less time in the garden or on long walks, so it’s essential to adjust their feeding routine and treats to fit around this. Most importantly, ensure to portion control your pet’s food and enhance their dinner time habits.
Safely Enjoy the Holidays
Both Thanksgiving and Halloween are autumn holidays that we tend to include our pets in. Also, remember to put reflective clothing on your pet if you are dressing them up for Halloween. In addition, keep an eye on the candy. Chocolate can be deadly to dogs, so ensure your kids know how to keep it out of reach.
Additionally, food can be problematic during Thanksgiving. Look out for hungry pets eyeing the table. Plus, some dogs enjoy chewing wires, so ensure the decorations are out of your dog’s reach as part of your autumn pet care regime.
Support Your Pet’s Wellness at Alexander Animal Hospital
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.