Autumn Pet Health Hints and Tips

Toxic Autumn Nasties to Avoid

Get your pet set for autumn! The changing of the seasons, complete with unsettled weather and temperatures, is challenging but exciting, and autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be outside with your dog. See below for our handy tips to help keep your pet happy , healthy and safe as the season changes.

Watch out for mushrooms. Most mushrooms are non-toxic to dogs, but a limited few can cause anything from gastroenteritis to paralysis or even death.It can be difficult to identify which mushrooms are poisonous and which are safe, so it is best to keep your dog away from any area with lots of mushrooms. If you are concerned your dog may have ingested any fungi, contact your vet.

Keep them warm. Many dogs, especially heavy coated breeds, cope perfectly well with the cold weather and do not need to wear a coat.  If you own a smooth or single coated breed however, invest in a sensible, practical coat for your dog to wear during the autumn and winter months. A water resistant, lined coat with an adjustable bellyband is most suitable. Thermal coats and coats with removable linings are also useful.

Stay safe in low light. As autumn progresses, walkies in the dark are highly likely, making pets easier to lose as the nights draw in. Ensure that your dog is micro-chipped and wears an ID tag whenever he is out of the house. Reflective collars are useful for locating pets in the undergrowth. You might also like to consider hi-visibility clothing for both you and your pets, especially if you live in the countryside.

Keep on top of flea control. Fleas may be starting to slow down their activities outside, but they can still be an issue throughout autumn and winter in our warm, centrally heated homes. Ensure you keep up to date with your pet’s flea treatments, and vacuum the house regularly to kill any larvae. You could also try Groomers Ridasect to repel any remaining fleas from canine coats.

Beware of anti-freeze. Anti-freeze is one of the most common forms of poisoning in small animals, as many pet find the taste if anti-freeze sweet and appetising. Protect your pets by keeping anti-freeze containers out of reach and checking your car for any leaks regularly.

Remember, remember the 5th November. Guy Fawkes Night is a source of great enjoyment for us humans, however, the RSPCA estimates that around 45% of dogs and cats are afraid of fireworks. Ensure you plan ahead, do your research and create a safe space your pets during this time.

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