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Top Tips for Caring for Your Furry Friend During Autumn by Rosie's Pawfect Paws

As the vibrant colors of summer fade into the crisp and cozy embrace of autumn, dog owners must adjust their pet care routines to ensure their four-legged companions stay healthy and happy. While autumn can be a delightful season for both humans and their canine friends, it also presents some unique challenges. From falling leaves to cooler temperatures, there are several factors to consider when caring for your dog during this time of year. In this little blog post, we'll go deeper into essential tips for autumn dog care to help your furry friend enjoy the season to the fullest.

1. Think About Adjusting Their Diet

With cooler weather on the horizon, your dog's energy requirements may change. Dogs often expend more energy to stay warm in the autumn chill. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if your pet's diet needs adjustment. They might need a bit more food to maintain a healthy body temperature. Consider the nutritional content of the food you're providing. High-quality dog food should be free from unnecessary fillers and packed with essential nutrients.

2. Keep Them Warm

Autumn can bring chilly evenings and even frosty mornings. Depending on your dog's breed and size, they may be more sensitive to cold weather. Consider providing them with a cozy sweater or jacket to keep them warm during walks. Older dogs or those with short fur may require extra protection. Ensure that your dog's bed is warm and comfortable as well. There are heated dog beds available for those particularly cold nights.

Dog cozy by fire

3. Beware of Allergens

Just as with humans, dogs can also suffer from seasonal allergies. Autumn brings an increase in mold, pollen, and dust in the air. Keep an eye out for signs of allergies such as excessive scratching, sneezing, or watery eyes. Consult with your vet if you suspect your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies. They can conduct allergy tests and prescribe allergy medications if necessary. It's also a good idea to regularly clean your home to reduce allergen exposure.

4. Maintain Regular Exercise

Even though the weather may be cooling down, dogs still need regular exercise to stay happy and healthy. Be sure to maintain your daily walks and playtime. The reduced daylight hours can make it challenging to fit in your usual outdoor activities, so consider adjusting your schedule accordingly. If you find it difficult to get outside during the darker hours, you can create an indoor exercise routine with your dog, including games and toys.

Dog running with owner in forest

5. Grooming and Coat Care

Fall often means shedding season for many dog breeds. Regular grooming can help reduce the amount of fur your dog sheds indoors and keep their coat in good condition. Brush your dog regularly to remove loose fur and prevent matting. Additionally, check for matting or tangles, as longer fur can catch leaves and debris during walks. If you're unsure then you can always contact us to book your dog in for a dog groom or even ask us for some advice on home grooming, we're always here to help!

Dog grooming tools

6. Be Cautious with Seasonal Plants

Autumn often sees an increase in certain plants and fruits that can be toxic to dogs. Be mindful of fallen fruits like acorns and chestnuts, which can be harmful if ingested. Keep your dog away from decorative plants such as mums and certain types of mushrooms that may appear in your back garden. Consider creating a designated play area for your dog to ensure they avoid potential dangers in the garden.

7. Watch for Wildlife

Autumn is a season when many wild animals become more active. Be aware of the presence of wildlife in your area, such as squirrels, which may attract your dog's attention. Keep your pet on a lead during walks to prevent them from chasing or encountering potentially dangerous animals. Ensure your garden is securely fenced to keep wildlife away from your dog and reduce the risk of confrontations.

8. Keep an Eye on Puddles

Puddles may seem harmless, but during autumn, they can conceal harmful substances such as antifreeze, which is toxic to dogs. Ensure your dog doesn't drink from puddles while out on walks. It's also a good practice to rinse your dog's paws after walks, as they might pick up harmful substances from the ground. Be especially cautious in areas where antifreeze might be present, such as parking lots and garages.

Puddle of water with reflection

9. Regular Veterinary Check-Ups

Autumn is a great time to schedule a comprehensive check-up for your dog. This will help you address any health concerns before the harsher winter months set in. Discuss vaccination updates, parasite prevention, and any other health issues with your veterinarian. An annual wellness check is a great way to ensure your dog's overall health and to catch any potential issues early. Your veterinarian can also provide guidance on specific health concerns related to your dog's breed and age.

10. Mental Stimulation

With shorter daylight hours, it's essential to keep your dog mentally engaged. Consider introducing new toys and puzzles to keep their minds active. Additionally, interactive playtime and training sessions can help combat boredom, especially if outdoor activities are limited. Investing in brain games and puzzle toys can provide both physical and mental stimulation for your dog.

Happy dog face

Final thoughts from Rosie

Autumn can be a delightful season to enjoy with your companion, with its pleasant temperatures and stunning scenery. By following these extended tips for caring for your dog during this season, you can ensure their well-being and create beautiful memories together. Just remember to adjust their diet, keep them warm, be aware of allergens, and stay on top of their grooming. With the right precautions and a little extra attention, you and your dog can savor the autumn season to the fullest. Caring for your pet during autumn is all about ensuring their safety, comfort, and enjoyment as you both explore the wonders of this transitional season.

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons out there and I have a beautiful dog of my own to match the season.

Rosie x

Jessie fox red labrador

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