Autumn is here. Popularly referred as ‘fall,’ autumn tends to be mesmerizing with its Earthy smells, cold air, fallen leaves, refreshing temperature and vibrant colors. It doesn’t only entice people but animals too.
Dogs love autumn. They love to go outside and play in the leaves. However, there are many dangers lurking around the corner. As a responsible pet owner, it’s your duty to keep them safe and protect their environment.
Here are 10 tips to make their environment safer
Keep them warm
Although autumn isn’t the coldest time of the year, it can still be chillier than expected in parts of the country. In some regions, the temperature drops quickly once fall hits. You should make sure to insulate your pet’s kennel, if outside, or keep your home warm. Putting a blanket or heating pad can be beneficial for your pets. It’s better to keep them inside the house most of the time. Most dog breeds can withstand cold temperature. Thanks to their thick fur coat. Others may not be that lucky – like Chihuahuas, Greyhounds and Salukis.
Avoid wild Mushrooms
Autumn is the time when the wild mushrooms start popping up on forest floors or damp areas around the house. While they make look colorful and nice, they are highly inedible, even for animals. Most of these fungi can be outright poisonous. When outside, prevent your dog from playing all by themselves. Keep them leashed.
Watch out for wildlife
Autumn is almost the hibernation season for most wild animals! Some wild breeds like skunks, bears, and snakes are out preparing for their winter sleep. If you live close to forests or take your dog in a walk inside the woods, do keep ensure for the wild animals, and mind your distance! If you live in an area that’s home to venomous snakes, consider keeping your dog on-leash until the snow falls.
Check their bones and joints
It’s typical for older dogs with arthritis or joint problems to experience discomfort once the temperature starts dropping. It’s important that you keep an eye out for usual signs like limping or reclusive behavior. If your dog starts showing these signs, it’s time to seek the professional help.
Check for ticks
The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of ticks. Many species of ticks can survive well into winter. These vermin are mostly found in fallen leaves. Dogs love playing in the leaves. Take caution when allowing your pets to play in leaves. As an option, you can prevent them from going near to leaves.
Keep nutrition in check
Animals tend to eat more during winter. Eating more helps to load up much needed calories to fight the cold. As it started getting cold during autumn, dogs need more nutrition in their meals. Hot meals, minerals and regular feeding is essential to ensure they remain healthy throughout the autumn and winter.As a pet owner, you must ensure to build a safe environment for your dogs or other pets.