Isn’t Autumn awesome? Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. What a fun time of year!
But sometimes, Fall also creates some challenges for pet paw-rents.
So, let’s take a look at four important Fall safety tips for dogs that you should keep in mind.
1. Hair of the Dog
Unless you live in a warm climate year-round, seasonal support for Fido’s fur is beneficial. As temperatures fall, our pups rely on their coat to keep them toasty and protected when playing in the yard or going for long, leafy walks with their hoomans.
You can help keep it in tip-top shape by:
- Keeping it clean. Regular bathing is recommended, but don’t overdo it or you might strip your dog’s skin of its natural oils. Once or twice a month should be fine, depending on how much time your pup spends outdoors.
- Brushing it regularly. Long or short hair will look better if brushed daily to remove dander and old hair. If your four-legged friend sheds a lot, brushing is a must – just take them outside and save your floors!
- Functional supplements. Helping to keep their hair healthy and shiny couldn’t be easier. Fish oil (such as Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil) contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are well-known for supporting skin moisture and coat health. Try putting the oil straight onto their food, as dogs love the taste.
2. Seasonal Allergies
Although many of us look forward to Fall, some people suffer from autumnal allergies. And yes, dogs can get them, too. So, some poor pooches may need a helping paw to get through it!
When the weather cools, weeds such as goldenrod and ragweed release pollen into the air – and ultimately into all our noses. Mold is another culprit, as piles of Fall leaves provide an ideal environment for its growth.
Plus, as we spend more time indoors and turn on the heat for the first time, dust and dust mites can flourish, too, causing allergies to some hounds and hoomans!
Your pup may show some signs of discomfort if these Fall factors are giving them a ruff time.