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Autumn Care for Dogs

Can you believe summer is already over? As the kids settle back into school and the weather starts to cool, many people are putting out their autumn decorations, and starting to get ready for winter. Your dog may need a little extra TLC during the change of seasons. Below, a Sharon, ON vet discusses autumn care for dogs.

Fur

In autumn, many people are applying chemicals to their yards and gardens, and setting out pest and rodent control products. Fido can get very sick just by walking through an area that was recently treated, and then licking his paws. Dogs can also pick up pollen and leaf mold while they’re outside. Choose non-toxic products for lawn, garden, and pest control, and wipe your canine pal’s feet and belly down with a damp cloth daily.

Clothes

Dogs with thin coats may need extra protection against the cold. Don’t put your furry friend into anything that is too snug on him, or in anything with small pieces or dangling threads. (Tip: text Fido’s measurements to yourself, so you always have them.)

Bedding

Make sure Fido has a warm, comfy doggy bed to snuggle up in on cold nights. Senior dogs and large pups may appreciate the additional support offered by orthopedic beds, while pups with thin fur may really like a heating pad. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Household Hazards

Autumn brings some specific hazards for pet owners to be aware of. Decorations are one major concern. Some dogs will eat, well, pretty much anything. This can be very dangerous! Candy is a particular concern: many candies are made with xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Keep your pooch away from that candy dish! You’ll also want to be very careful when using space heaters, wood or pellet stoves, and/or candles.

Parasite Control

As colder weather approaches, fleas and ticks will be seeking warmth. Don’t let your canine buddy become their winter vacation spot! Make sure your pooch is current on his vaccines and parasite control products.

Animals

In fall, many wild animals are looking for a snug place to hibernate, and may be more aggressive than usual. When walking your dog, stay alert, keep Fido close, and stick to well-used, brightly lit paths.

Do you need to make an appointment for your pup? Call us! As your Sharon, ON animal clinic, we are always happy to help!

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