Autumn pet care advice
The nights grow dark and the leaves grow yellow, there’s a bit more rain than you’d care for but still, there’s something lovely about Autumn, right?
Read below for some helpful information on keeping your pets safe and comfortable during the autumn.
As the days become shorter, owners are more likely to walk their dogs in the dark. To remain visible to drivers, cyclists and other people that are out walking, consider getting some reflective or high-visibility clothing for you and your dog. This will prevent you from blending in with the darkness. You can also get quirky flashing lights to attach to your dog’s collar, which will let you keep an eye on them when you’re out and about after dark.
Our modern lifestyle suits fleas down to the ground. And we mean this literally because thanks to central heating – which tends to come back on in autumn – fleas are able to remain comfortable in our carpets and beneath other warm and cosy nooks and crannies. When it’s chilly outside and lovely and warm inside, fleas will flock indoors, pass from the pupae stage to the larvae stage and become grown-up, bloodthirsty adult fleas before you know it.
To prevent this, make sure your pet is up to date with their parasite prevention treatments. If for whatever reason your pet does get fleas, remember you will need to treat your house too.
For more information, contact a vet near you today!
If ingested, antifreeze will cause acute kidney failure and can sometimes be fatal. Cats especially love the sweet taste and are always at risk because of their independent, exploratory nature – owners cannot keep an eye on them at all times.
Keep antifreeze well out of your pet’s reach and if you ever spill any, be sure to clean it up immediately whether inside or outside.
Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Generally appearing uncoordinated
If your pet shows any of these signs, seek immediate veterinary attention.
Another concern at this time of year is rock salt. This can cause dehydration and liver failure. To protect your dog from this, make sure you wipe their feet and paws after walking.
Rabbits and guinea pigs lose heat quickly so it’s important to keep them nice and warm. Though rabbits can adapt rather well to the cold, they do suffer if their hutch is damp or if there is a draught.
During really cold nights, you should move your small furries indoors or at the very least to somewhere well sheltered. Provide them with extra insulation or deeper bedding (making sure all the while that they remain well ventilated). You can also purchase heat pads that slowly release heat during the night – perfect for when the temperature drops.
Don’t forget to check on your small furry friends regularly.
In extreme cold climates, water bottles can freeze overnight. To prevent this, you can insulate their water bottle by wrapping it in bubble wrap.
Take Care On & Around Bonfire Night
November – a month most pet owners dread! For information on making Bonfire Night as stress-free as possible, click here.
Watch Out for Sleeping Cats
Before getting into your car, give your bonnet a little tap. There may be a cat sleeping under there.
Not unlike humans, cats and dogs are less active during the colder months. Cats are less inclined to roam or explore, and dogs’ walks are expected to be shorter in the bad weather.
With them exercising less, be sure to monitor your pet’s food intake. Stick to their recommended food allowance and avoid giving treats or scraps. If your pets are bored indoors, consider playing some enrichment games with them.
Older and thinner pets feel the cold more than most. A dog jacket will keep your dog warm and toasty when they’re out on walks. Also, when you get home from a walk, make sure you dry off your dog thoroughly and ensure that the area of the house in which you keep their bed (or wherever they spend the night) is warm and draught-free. This is especially important for pets with arthritis.
Is there anything better than being inside on a rainy night, the fire roaring and your family pet cuddled up to you?
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