There’s a lot to love about being a pet parent in the autumn – making the most of cooler temperatures on dog walks, and cosy evenings chillaxing together. However, each season brings its own risks for our fur families and with Halloween and fireworks night around the corner the next few months are no exception. Whether you are heading into pup or kitty’s first autumn, or experienced pet owners, preparing now will make the next few months easier to navigate. Here is your Autumn Pet Rep List:
IS THIS YOUR PET’S FIRST AUTUMN?
IS YOUR PET CHIPPED?
DO YOU KNOW WHICH HUMAN TREATS ARE POISONOUS TO YOUR PET?
WINTER WARMERS – HAVE YOU GOT A COSY COAT AT THE READY?
HOW TO CHOOSE A DOG COAT
A cosy jacket can help to keep your hound happy and warm as the temperatures drop, but bear in mind that some pooches just won’t tolerate wearing an added layer. Before you gear up, it’s time to measure up! A poorly fitted coat can rub or feel uncomfortable, so it’s best to get advice from your local pet store if you’re unsure about the best size and design. While fleecy coats can be great for warmth, take care to opt for a waterproof option on any rainy days; a wet coat can end up being counter-productive and make them feel even colder. It’s also best to keep an eye out for signs of overheating. It might feel chilly to us fur-free hoomins, but most breeds already have a thick coat, and if they’re looking a bit hot and bothered it’s best to take their extra jacket off.
HAVE YOU PREPARED YOUR PET FOR FIREWORKS SEASON?
PREPARING YOUR PET FOR FIREWORKS SEASON
Our dogs and cats can both experience noise anxiety, with fireworks being one of the most common triggers. Chat with a member of your local easipetcare practice for advice on how to manage this time of year. Behavioural training and therapy, or pheromone products, might offer good solutions. Training needs to be started weeks in advance to be effective, so the best time to start is early in the autumn.
HALLOWEEN RISKS TO PETS
Trick or treat? In your pet’s case – learning a new training trick is definitely the best choice here, as many human treats can be toxic to your pet. Chocolate is a particular culprit, but sweets can also cause problems as they can contain artificial sweeteners poisonous to pets, or be a choking hazard. Take care to keep any decorations out of reach as these can cause intestinal blockage if swallowed. In recent years it has become trendy to dress up pets for festivities. Always put your pet’s wellbeing first, and don’t do anything that causes distress to your little pumpkin.
SEASONAL CANINE ILLNESS
This condition is still a bit of a mystery, as researches are yet to work out the exact cause. Seasonal Canine Illness is seen in dogs during the autumn months, usually after walking in wooded areas. The main symptoms are sudden vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy. If your pet becomes unwell after a woodland walk, contact your local easipetcare practice. If you hear of cases in your local area, please let us know so we can warn fellow dog owners to keep their pet safe.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY PET EATS CONKERS?
Try to discourage your pet from playing with conkers, as it’s not unheard of for them to be swallowed by accident. They can cause intestinal blockage, and lead to poisoning particularly if several are consumed. Signs of a problem include drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea.
This can be highly toxic even in very small quantities, leading to potentially fatal kidney damage, especially in our felines. For some reason they like the taste! Try to use pet-safe alternatives, and take care to thoroughly clean up any spills.
Most of these issues, if caught early, can be treated. If your pet has eaten anything mentioned above, contact your local easipetcare practice straight away for emergency advice.
We’re always here and happy to advise how to keep your pets safe and happily bouncing through the autumn leaves.
Until next time, with very best wishes,