Fall is finally upon us! As the leaves change and the weather cools, many of us are really enjoying the change of seasons. Autumn does present some specific dangers for our canine friends, however. Fido could also use a bit of extra care at this time of year. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO veterinary hospital, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet discusses autumn care for dogs.
Many of our four-legged friends need extra calories in cold weather. If Fido is a puppy, a senior, a working pooch, or spends a lot of time running and playing outdoors, he may need bigger portion sizes than usual. Supplements may also be beneficial, particularly to older dogs and pups with bone/joint disorders. Fish oil, for instance, can help keep your pet’s bones and joints lubricated. Ask your vet for more information.
Our canine pals are much happier and healthier living indoors, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy having outdoor homes of their own. Give your furry friend’s doghouse a good cleaning, and make sure it is well insulated.
Wild animals, poisonous flowers and mushrooms, lawn and garden chemicals, and cold weather can all endanger your furry buddy. Autumn decorations can also be hazardous, especially the ones with small pieces that Fido could potentially try to eat. As if that weren’t enough, seasonal foods and increased traffic also pose risks to Man’s Best Friend. Ask your vet for more information.
Pups with thin fur often need sweaters to keep them warm in cold weather. Take your pet’s measurements, and bring them with you when you go shopping. Avoid putting Fido in clothes that are itchy or tight, or that have small pieces he could choke on.
Fall is a peak shedding time. Brushing Fido regularly will get that dead fur out of his coat, which will actually help keep him warmer. If your canine companion sheds a lot, take him outdoors to brush him, so that his fur blows away instead of getting all over everything. Also, keep your pooch’s nails clipped: dogs with long claws often have a hard time getting traction on icy ground.
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? We can help! Please contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.