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Fall is widely considered one of the best times of the year, but the changing weather can have some effects on pet safety. Here are some great safety tips for you to keep in mind as you begin to settle down into the cooler season.

Whether celebrating more moderate weather, or mourning the loss of summer, the post-summer re-entry into the hustle bustle of the cooler months can be a challenge. Even if youโ€™re not a student or donโ€™t have kids of your own, the back to school season seems to kick everything into high gear. Some things may get overlooked as you settle into a new schedule, so hereโ€™s what to keep in mind to be sure pet care doesnโ€™t fall to the wayside.

SLOW DOWN & REMEMBER YOUR PET

Keep to a regular exercise regimen: Lack of exercise leads to unwanted behavior. Pent up energy can be expressed through unwanted chewing, and unwanted chewing can lead to medical care thatโ€™s painful (for them) and expensive (for you).

Offer them the same level of affection theyโ€™re used to: A neglected pet wonโ€™t hesitate to protest, usually in ways that will not please you.

Remember to keep an eye on behavior and well being: Dogs and cats are hard wired to keep feelings of illness to themselves to whatever degree possible. A dogโ€™s instincts tell them that to remain in the pack, they have to be valuable and strong. A catโ€™s instincts tell them they must seem strong to any potential rivals or predators. For this reason, it can sometimes be hard to tell when theyโ€™re not feeling up to snuff. If weโ€™re distracted by a hundred other things, we can easily overlook ailments that are treatable in the short term, but if left unattended, can turn into larger issues.

Keep on the lookout for signs your cat is sick, or signs your dog isnโ€™t feeling well.

BE MINDFUL OF YOUR CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

With cooler temperatures, fall is a time when space heaters are lugged up from basements and wood piles are replenished. Keep in mind these few tips while going through your autumn chores.

Fireplace screens: To keep your pet safe from flying sparks, use a fireplace screen, and donโ€™t leave fires unattended.

Space heater safety: Most space heater manuals recommend we keep a three foot radius. Pets are smart. Theyโ€™ll likely figure this out on their own. If you know your pet to have questionable boundaries, though, consider setting up a barrier of some sort.

Drive carefully: Wet leaves are the bane of many autumn hikers, and drivers arenโ€™t too fond of them either. As a driver, take care on these slippery surfaces, and look out for animals. As a pet owner, if your pets are permitted to roam, consider keeping them home when the weather is wet and leaves are still coating the roads.

WATCH WHAT YOUR PETS EAT

Autumn is mushroom season: If your pet is lucky enough to roam off leash in wide open spaces, even if that wide open space is just in your backyard, beware of mushrooms. Most are harmless, but there are those few that can be highly toxic, so itโ€™s best to avoid them altogether.

Glue sticks and pencils make for a delicious snack: School supplies are back in action, and if your home is like many households in the fall, certain spaces may fall into disarray. Whether a bedroom floor or a den coffee table, small bite sized school supplies can attract unwanted attention from your curious four legged family member. Set boundaries. Put swallowable or tantalizing items out of reach.

LOOK OUT FOR VERMIN AND THEIR REPELLANTS

Rodenticides are in higher demand: When the weather cools off, rodents look to move inside. For this reason, thereโ€™s more pest bait and pest poison about. Make sure rodenticides are inaccessible to your pet.

Snakes are cranky: In the fall, snakes prepare to hibernate. They can be a bit temperamental during these months. If you know your area is prone to snakes, keep your pets away from wherever they may be lurking.

Fleas and ticks are still out and biting, as are mosquitoes: Donโ€™t suspend use of your monthly flea and tick treatments, or your heartworm prevention medications, just because the weather is cooler. Your pet may still become infested, and those infestations can still cause all the same challenging conditions like Lyme disease or heartworm.

Get Your Pet Ready for Fall with these 5 Tips

As the days start to become shorter and the nights longer, you know that fall is coming. It is a great season to go on long walks, as you get to see leaves in different colors. The cool night makes it a great time to spend outdoors.

Due to the change in season, it is crucial you get your pet ready so that it can handle the difference in the climate. Given below are the list of things you must do so that your four-legged friend will love the drop in temperature:

Change walk time and food

Summer was a great season to spend time with your pet outdoors. However, due to the higher temperatures during the middle of the day, you had to adjust the time you take your pet for a walk.

Most people prefer the early morning or the night to be active with their four-legged friends. However, this is no longer applicable, as the weather is pleasant throughout the day. You will have to take your pet on a walk later in the morning and early in the evening.

Similarly, the activity level will start to go down, as the temperature gets colder. You must keep this in mind when feeding your pet. Keep track of the treats you feed it so that it doesnโ€™t become overweight.

Groom the pet regularly

Making sure your petโ€™s coat is thick as the weather becomes colder is essential, as it helps your furry friend stay warm. While you should allow the fur to grow, it doesnโ€™t mean you should help your four-legged companion take care of it.

If you donโ€™t take appropriate steps to maintain it, there is a high chance the pet will suffer from skin and bacteria infections. Once this becomes a problem, it will take quite some time to eliminate this issue completely. 

The best thing to prevent these types of infections is to groom the fur of your pet regularly. Once you let the hair grow out, you should brush it frequently, so that it is clean at all times.

Pick up new clothes

As the weather is colder, it is time to start looking for warm clothing for your pet. Even though the coat should help manage the change in temperature, you donโ€™t want to take the chance.

It is a great time to buy winter clothes, as you can avoid paying exorbitant rates for these types of clothing. Do make sure that the wardrobe you select is comfortable for your pet. Once you start to follow the tips highlighted above, your pet will find it easy to adjust to the seasonal change. Do you know other things that a dog or cat owner should keep in mind for fall? Leave a comment below, so that everyone knows about your incredible tips!

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

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