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Autumn is officially upon us! Many people are enjoying some autumn events and activities as the leaves change. In fact, your canine companion has a few seasonal activities on his doggy agenda for the next few weeks. An Oconomowoc, WI veterinarian discusses some fall dog care tips below.
Clear autumn days make for absolutely perfect dog-walking weather. Grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and head off to your favorite park or trail with your canine friend. (Tip: if you’re going to a rural area where there may be hunters around, get bright orange vests for both you and Fido. Better safe than sorry!)
Many pooches love to run and play in piles of leaves. This is super cute! Just don’t let Fido romp around in leaves that have been sitting. These can make tempting nests for wild animals. They can also hide sharp sticks which could hurt your furry pal. Old or wet leaves can also be hosting germs or mold.
At this time of year, many wild animals will be looking for places to hunker down, and will act more aggressively than usual. Fleas, ticks, and other pests may also try to bunk with you. Make sure your furry companion is up-to-date on his vaccinations and parasite control.
Dogs with thin coats will need sweaters or jackets to keep them warm in cold weather. Make sure Fido’s things fit him well! Repair or replace anything that’s stained, worn, or ripped.
Our canine pals are sporting a variety of hairstyles, and they all have different grooming needs. While some pups need more care in this department than others, most need to be bathed at least once a season. You’ll want to get this done before it gets cold. Brushing Fido regularly is also important. This will get rid of dead fur, which will in turn help him stay warm.
Rainy fall days are perfect for napping. Make sure that Fido has a clean, comfy bed. The floors will start to get chilly at night, so make sure your pup’s bed still has stuffing. If it’s been worn down to a few pieces of fabric, it’s probably time for a new one.
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