Fall is officially upon us! While we may not see as drastic a change here in Arizona as our neighbors will up north, we will still notice some differences. It’s going to start getting dark much earlier, and it can get quite cold at night. You’ll want to take a few steps to keep your canine buddy happy, healthy, and safe. A local Goodyear, AZ vet offers some tips on that below.
Make sure your cute pet has a comfy bed to snuggle up in. Fido’s bed should be in a spot that won’t get too cold at night. If it’s gotten worn out, it may be time for a replacement. Thin padding won’t be very comfortable, and it won’t offer as much insulation from a chilly floor as a thicker bed would.
Fido’s fur insulates him from both heat and fur. If your pooch was sporting a summer ‘do, it’s time to let it grow out. It’s also important to keep up with your furry friend’s baths and grooming requirements.
Many autumn decorations are dangerous for Man’s Best Friend. Your playful pup can easily choke on anything small or sharp. Many seasonal treats and candies are also unsafe for Fido. Candles, potpourri burners, jack-o-lanterns, and fireplaces are dangerous as well. Burn candles in high spots that your pooch can’t reach. We also recommend using fireplace grates and thick candleholders.
It gets dark quite early in fall. You may often find yourself walking Fido at night. You may want to get him a reflective leash and collar. You can actually get your four-legged friend a leash with a built-in light. It’s also a good idea to take a flashlight with you.
Does your pup stay home alone while you go to work? Start leaving a light on for Fido. That way, if you don’t get home before dark, your canine pal won’t be stuck in a quiet, dark house.
If your dog has arthritis, you may find that he acts very stiff and sore on chilly nights. Fortunately, there are many treatment options that can help, such as laser therapy. Supplements can also be beneficial. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Goodyear, AZ animal clinic, we’re dedicated to offering ‘pawesome’ veterinary care.