Tips and tricks to keep your pet healthy this Autumn
As the leaves begin to fall and the weather turns colder, it’s extra important to keep a good eye on your pet. Here’s our round-up of things to specifically look out for this season.
Pet Weight Issues
Your pet will get less exercise in autumn than they had during the summer months. Make sure you keep an eye on their weight and don’t let them overindulge as weight gain can be very unhealthy for cats and dogs and require specialist dietary foods to resolve. We stock a range of dry and wet dietary foods, suitable for both cats and dogs in all sizes and ages. If you are taking your dog for a walk, make sure to keep an eye out for mushrooms which can be very dangerous to your pet’s health. If you know your dog is a bit of a scavenger, make sure to keep them away from any areas where mushrooms like to grow as they’re not always capable of sniffing out the difference between a poisonous and non-poisonous one.
Where some might associate flees with hot summers, it’s actually during autumn that it’s very important to keep treating your pets. You both will spend a lot more time indoor during this time of year, so should your pet have fleas the chance of them spreading and breading is much higher. There are multiple solutions for this potential problem, such as flea collars, sprays and pipette drops. We stock a wide range of flea busting products, which can be used preventatively. If your pet already has fleas, make sure you treat all pets in your house, wash their bedding and give the entire house a good hoovering. Finally treat the carpets and rooms with a spray or bomb to make sure all eggs are killed as well.
Although the festive season is a time to be merry, there are some clear and present dangers surrounding Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Apart from the obvious dangers of candles and other open flames (including pumpkins!), most dangerous are the Halloween sweets you might keep near the door to give to neighbouring kids. Every pet owner knows about the dangers of chocolate – but what about the dangers of raisins and xylitol? Raisins are incredibly toxic to both cats and dogs, and can lead to acute kidney failure when eaten. Xylitol is a sweetener and mostly found in chewing gum, where when consumed by dogs it can cause a sharp drop in their blood sugar which in turn causes seizures. This can be deadly if not treated in time. Best to prevent it! Make sure you keep your pet away from alcohol too – as little as a tablespoon can severely damage your cat’s brain or liver.
Common signs your pet might be ill:
- Your pet is not quite itself: sudden changes in behaviour can point towards an illness, and it’s best to keep an eye on your pet. Excessive barking for instance might point towards your dog going deaf.
- Your pet’s appetite has changed: when a pet stops eating or drinking, there’s something wrong. If the condition lasts, consult a vet for advice. Equally, if your pet starts drinking a lot more than usual keep an eye on that too as it might be a sign of diabetes.
- Your pet is lethargic or without energy: a pet who’s lost all their energy is definitely under the weather and might require treatment.
- Your pet has diarrhoea or is vomiting: all pets can have an upset stomach every once in a while. But if it persists, make sure you consult your vet as it might point to something more serious.
So, there you have it: all our top tips to keep your pet healthy this autumn. Now all that remains to do is to go out and enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery.