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Caring for Your Pet in Autumn

Can you believe fall is already here? Although many of us really enjoy the changing colors and cooler temperatures, autumn does brings a few specific concerns for people with furbabies. Below, an Indianapolis, IN vet discusses autumn pet care.

Autumn Hazards

Fall brings some very specific hazards to our furry friends. Back to school supplies, seasonal decorations, candles, and Halloween candy are all very dangerous for pets. Toxic chemicals, such as pesticides, antifreeze, and rodenticides, are also a serious danger. Be sure to keep your furkid safe from these dangers!

Weather

Give Fido’s doghouse a good cleaning, and check to be sure it is properly insulated. Fall is also a good time to check your pet’s bed, and perhaps add some soft blankets. We recommend kitties live indoors, but if Fluffy does go outside, make sure she has suitable shelter, so she can stay warm if she ever gets stuck outdoors. A plastic tote with a hole in the side can make a great kitty shelter.

Diet

Some animals may need to increase their caloric intake in fall, to give them some extra energy for staying warm in cold weather. Senior pets, working dogs, and animals that spend time a lot of time outdoors may all need extra food. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including portion sizes.

Winter Wardrobe

Fall is a peak shedding time. To help cut down on the amount of fur you find stuck to your clothing and furniture, brush your pet regularly. Also, make sure Fido gets a really good bath before the weather gets cold. Remember to clip his nails, so he gets better traction. If your pet has a thin coat, get some winter clothes to help keep your furry pal warm in cold weather.

Senior Pets

Senior furballs need some extra TLC when the thermometer drops. Animals become more sensitive to temperature changes and extremes as they age, so keep your furry pal indoors as much as possible on cold days. Older pets may also benefit from heated beds. Pets with arthritis often get very stiff and sore in autumn. Giving your pet massages will help soothe those aches and pains. Also, ask your vet about the benefits of certain supplements, such as fish oil.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Indianapolis, IN animal hospital, anytime!

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