Vibrant colors, crisp air, and the warm smell of harvest spices in the air – is there anything not to love about the approaching autumn season?
While the fall is packed with fun-filled holidays, really good food, and breathtaking scenery, there are some hidden pet health dangers that can come lurking around the corner. As pet parents, it is important to know what these dangers and pet health hazards might be, and to learn how to keep your pets healthy and happy this autumn.
Healthy pets will love the cooler temps, new playtime sights, and yummy smells in the air. Here are some pet health tips that make for healthy furry family members this coming season:
Beware of Tree Debris and Choking Hazards
Falling leaves and harvest colors are beautiful to look at and your pets are sure to love the playtime in the leaves piling up (usually right after you rake them into a neat little pile). While this is usually safe, be aware of sharp sticks, pine needles, and pine cones, which can pose a risk if ingested and may even damage or puncture a dog’s intestinal tract. Other popular harvest plants and seeds can cause severe harm to dogs. Acorns are toxic to dogs and could cause an intestinal blockage as well as plum and peach pits, which contain small amounts of cyanide and should not be ingested.
Feed Pets Healthy and Tasty Pumpkin
Aside from the fact that dogs usually find it delicious, pumpkin is both nutritious and low in calories. In fact, pure canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) is a good source of fiber and is often recommended as a dietary addition for a dog suffering from constipation. So go ahead, let Fido have his food with a little side of pumpkin goodness.
Know That Flea and Tick Season is Not Over Yet
Fleas begin breeding in the spring and are at peak numbers in the fall. To prevent fleas on your dog or in your house, flea protection is a must. Learn how to spot flea and tick infestation warning signs and know how to treat your pets if they have fleas and ticks. Make sure to also start and keep all of your pets on flea and tick prevention treatments if you haven’t yet (it is never too late).
Protect Your Dog Walks As the Days Get Cooler and Shorter
Cooler road temperatures are a major benefit of the new autumn season. The crisper temps take the sizzle out of sidewalks, making the roads kinder to your pet’s sensitive paws. This will definitely make for a happier dog walk, but take precaution when the new season brings shorter days. With the early dusk and later dawn, it is more likely your walks with your pups will be in the dark. Protect your dogs by using reflective gear on yourself and your pets. Local pet stores carry reflective or light up collars and leashes, which help keep both of you well lit in the dark.
Keep Your Pets’ Seasonal Allergies at Bay
Just like their human parents, seasonal allergies can kick into high gear for dogs in the fall. Fall allergies are commonly caused by ragweed and mold. Skin allergies are most common, but you may find the occasional sneezing, loud snoring or snorting, and runny noses or eyes. If you suspect your pets may have allergies, your veterinarian can recommend the best treatment. However, skin allergies can also be helped with a good skin and coat supplement or vitamin. Remember, each season comes with new enjoyment for pets as well as new health concerns. Knowing how to keep pets healthy with each season will make both pets and pet parents happy and able to enjoy the time of year.
Remember, each season comes with new enjoyment for pets as well as new health concerns. Knowing how to keep pets healthy with each season will make both pets and pet parents happy and able to enjoy the time of year.