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Fall Pet-Care Tips

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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Autumn is one of our favorite seasons in Coastal Virginia. As the leaves change color and fall, the weather cools off and we feel ready to change up our daily routines and make the most of a new season in a city we love.

Autumn can often bring changes into your pet’s lifestyle, bringing with it seasonal shedding, new allergies, colder weather and the need for more exercise. It’s important to be aware of the ways in which these changes can affect your pet’s health and happiness, and to take extra precautions to keep them comfortable and feeling their best.

Take extra special care of the furry family member in your life by taking simple steps to ensure their health and safety this fall!

Walks For The Win
After a hot summer, your dog might be itching to get out and get active, and fall is the perfect season to do it. Before the cold, winter months set in, plan to take your pup out for extra walks as often as possible to keep him in his best shape possible. Depending on your breed, your pup may need fewer walks than others, but it’s important to get him out and moving at least a little bit each day to ensure he gets the exercise he needs to feel his best!

Allergies
You aren’t the only one who may suffer from seasonal allergies in fall. If you see your pet scratching more than usual or notice any changes to his skin, coat or digestion, consider having him checked by your veterinarian to be sure he isn’t suffering from seasonal allergies or another issue. The more aware you are of the types of things that trigger discomfort in your pet, the better able you are to keep them comfortable and safe, no matter what season you’re in.

Shedding
Cat and dog owners alike can relate to the way their pets begin to shed like crazy in early fall. To combat the excess of hair and any discomfort to your pet (and mess to your home), try brushing them every week, and even wiping down their coats with dander wipes. If your pet is shedding more than usual this year, consider making a visit to your vet to make sure there aren’t any other underlying issues going on.

Keep Warm
As early fall becomes late fall, temperatures may begin to plummet, and your daily walks may become quite a bit colder than they used to be. If you have a short-haired or small breed dog, make sure to keep them warm with a sweater or jacket. On especially cold days, avoid spending too much time outdoors, and try to plan your walks for the warmest times of day when the sun is at its highest.

Safe Decorating
As the holidays approach, holiday decorations are sure to come out. Be aware of electrical cords and other items that can be attractive to and harmful to your cat and dog, and keep them out of your pet’s reach. Cats and dogs can be drawn to sparkly twine, rope or ribbon, and ingesting these items can be extremely toxic and dangerous to them. Try to keep your holiday decorating choices limited to items that are safe for your pet to be around, and ensure their happiness and health, all season long!


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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 

 

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