Fall Pet Care Tips
Now that Autumn is here, dog owners are probably concerned about the challenges that come with inviting a new season into our lives. Here are dog safety tips to keep in-mind as we move forward with the Fall Season:
Time to go back to school
The kids are back in school; which means that the dog might actually eat their homework! More seriously, choking hazards, including glue sticks, pencils, erasers and markers, may be scattered around the house. Tuck school supplies in backpacks or away from your dog's reach.
Halloween is a fun time of the year to play dress up with your dog. However, make sure the clothing is loose-fitting and will not create a stressful situation for your pup. If your dog gets nervous around large groups, leave your puppy at home away from people, or placed in an outdoor dog enclosure until your Halloween party is over. Lastly, make sure Halloween candy is away from your dog - remember, chocolate makes dogs very sick; and the wrappers can be choking hazards!
Tick Season Isn't Over
Ticks are a year-long problem across the United States; and they are still active in the fall season. As we know, ticks carry tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease; and both dogs and humans are at risk for tick diseases.
Hiking and camping are popular fall-time activities, as the temperatures drop; but hiking trails and forests are where ticks like to wander. Tick Removal Tools are valuable for tick disease prevention; and it's important to learn how to remove a tick from your dog.
Fallen, crunchy leaves are everywhere; and dogs may play in the pile of leaves. Brush off leaves before pets come inside. Leaves may create a tangled-mess in dog fur and can cause matted hair. Groom dogs and check for ticks that may be hidden underneath the fallen leaves.
Autumn marks the transition between Summer and Winter. This means that temperatures will start in the 60s - 70s degrees Fahrenheit and drop to the 30s - 40s. Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water and shelter to seek warmth. If snow falls early, don't leave your dog out in the cold for long periods to avoid damage to the dog's foot pads.