As the vibrant colors of fall foliage start to show amongst us, the crisp air reminds us that the cooler months are approaching. Just as we adjust our routines and wardrobes for the season, it's essential to consider the needs of our furry companions.
Here's a guide to ensuring your pets remain happy and healthy during autumn.
Adjusting Your Pet's Diet
With the drop in temperature, pets might require a slight increase in their caloric intake, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. It's essential to monitor their weight and consult with your veterinarian about any necessary dietary adjustments.
Remember, a well-nourished pet is better equipped to handle the cold.
Keeping Them Warm
While some pets have thick fur coats designed for colder climates, others might feel the chill more acutely. Consider investing in a cozy sweater or jacket for short-haired breeds. Ensure their sleeping area is warm and away from drafts. For outdoor pets, provide an insulated shelter that protects them from the elements.
Engaging in Fall Activities
Autumn offers a plethora of activities that you and your pet can enjoy together. From frolicking in piles of leaves to hiking trails surrounded by fall colors, make the most of this picturesque season. However, be cautious of fall hazards like mushrooms, which can be toxic if ingested.
Beware of Ticks
While many believe ticks are only a summer concern, these pests can remain active until the temperatures are consistently below freezing. After outdoor activities, always check your pet for ticks, focusing on areas like the ears, neck, and between the toes.
Avoiding Fall Toxins
Autumn decorations often include plants like chrysanthemums and certain foods like chocolate and raisins, which can be toxic to pets. Ensure these are out of your pet's reach. Also, antifreeze, often used more frequently as the weather cools, is extremely poisonous. Store it securely and clean up any spills immediately.
Get Ready for Fall!
As the leaves change and we adjust to the rhythms of fall, it's the perfect time to ensure our pets are receiving the best care. If you have any concerns or just want to get your furry friend ready for fall, Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture is here to help.