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Autumn Care for Dogs

Fall is officially here! For people with dogs, autumn’s crisp weather and beautiful foliage make for great doggy-walking weather. This is a wonderful time to take some good long walks with your canine buddy! However, you may need to make some minor changes to Fido’s care regimen as the weather cools. Here, a Newmarket, ON vet offers some autumn care tips for dogs.

Seasonal Hazards

Autumn has some very specific dangers for dogs. Foliage is one thing to be aware of. Many seasonal plants, such as mushrooms, are toxic to pets. Certain flowers and bulbs, such as tulip bulbs, which are often planted in fall, are also poisonous. Piles of leaves are another concern, as they can harbor dangerous mold and bacteria, and also make tempting nests for wild critters. This is also a popular time of year for people to fill their cars with antifreeze, and treat their properties with fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides. These chemicals are all very poisonous to Fido! Inside the house, candles, decorations, and Halloween candy are also dangerous. Keep a close eye on your four-legged friend, and don’t expose him to any of these potential hazards.

Clothing

If your pooch has thin fur, he may need a doggy sweater to keep him warm on cold days. When shopping for Fido, bring his measurements with you. (Tip: texting them to yourself is an easy way to do this.) Don’t put your furry pal in anything tight, itchy, or constricting. Also, avoid anything with small parts, like buttons, that your pup may be tempted to eat.

Fall Cleaning

Nothing is cuter than a dog sleeping peacefully in his bed. Make sure Fido has a clean, comfy doggy bed to snuggle up in. If your canine friend has a doghouse, you’ll want to prep that as well. Give it a good cleaning, and make sure that it is well insulated. Fido’s doghouse should also be raised off the ground a bit, and set up with the door facing away from prevailing winds.

Food

If your canine buddy is a puppy, senior, working dog, nursing mama, or just spends a lot of time outdoors, you may need to increase his portions for winter. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including serving sizes and tips on supplements.

Do you need to make an appointment for your pet? Contact us, your Newmarket, ON pet hospital, today!

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