As the leaves begin to change, September marks the transition from summer to fall. It’s a time for cooler temperatures, back-to-school routines, and new beginnings. While the arrival of autumn brings its own set of joys, it also comes with unique considerations for pet owners. At McLean Animal Hospital, we’re dedicated to ensuring the well-being of your furry companions all year round. In this blog post, we’ll share ten essential tips to help you and your pets navigate September with ease.
- Adjust to the New Routine: If your household is affected by the back-to-school season, your pets may need time to adapt to the changes in their daily schedule. Gradually adjust feeding and exercise times to accommodate your new routine.
- Watch for Seasonal Allergies: Just like humans, pets can develop seasonal allergies. Keep an eye out for signs like itching, sneezing, or watery eyes, and consult your veterinarian if you suspect allergies.
- Update Parasite Control: Fall can still bring the risk of fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Make sure your pet’s preventive medications are up-to-date and consult your vet for advice on seasonal changes.
- Prepare for Cooler Weather: As temperatures drop, consider providing your pet with a cozy bed and maybe even a warm sweater or jacket for walks on chilly days, especially for short-haired breeds or older pets.
- Monitor Dietary Changes: With the transition into fall, your pet’s dietary needs may change. Consult your veterinarian for guidance on adjusting their food to accommodate any changes in activity levels or age-related needs.
- Check for Hazards: Fallen leaves, mushrooms, and acorns can pose hazards to curious pets. Keep your yard clear of these items and be vigilant during walks to prevent ingestion.
- Exercise Indoors: On rainy or particularly cold days, engage your pet with indoor play and exercise to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.
- Pumpkin for Digestive Health: Fall is pumpkin season, and plain, canned pumpkin (not pie filling) can be a great addition to your pet’s diet. It can help with digestive issues and provide a source of fiber.
- Safety During Harvest Festivals: If you attend fall festivals or events, be cautious with pets. Loud noises, crowds, and unfamiliar surroundings can cause stress. Leave them at home or ensure they are securely leashed if you bring them along.
- Consider Seasonal Treats: Embrace the flavors of fall with pet-safe treats like apple slices (minus the seeds), carrots, or green beans. Always check with your vet for safe and healthy treat options.
September brings a mix of excitement and adjustments for both pets and their owners. By following these ten essential tips, you can ensure a smooth transition into the fall season. At McLean Animal Hospital, we’re here to support you in keeping your pets healthy and happy throughout the year. If you have any concerns or need further advice on caring for your pets in September, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Wishing you and your pets a fantastic and comfortable autumn season!