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Autumn Care for Dogs

October 1, 2020

Fall is officially here! This is a beautiful time of year here in New York. However, you will need to add a few things to your to-do list to get Fido ready for winter. In this article, a Dutchess County, NY vet lists some autumn care tips for your pup.


Bedding

Fido will probably spend a pretty good chunk of winter curled up (or sprawled out) in his doggy bed, dreaming about spring. Make sure your canine pal has a warm, comfy spot to snuggle up in! Orthopedic dogs are great for large breeds and older pooches. Many pups also enjoy heated beds or thermal blankets. 


Hazards

Chemicals are a big concern at this time of year. Many people add things like fertilizer and herbicides to their yards in fall. Fido can ingest toxic chemicals just by walking through a patch and then licking his paws. Antifreeze is also a concern. Mop up spills right away! Or, even better, switch to a pet-friendly brand. Other seasonal dangers include wild animals, mold and mildew, and poisonous autumn foliage.


Clothing

Does Fido need a sweater or jacket when it’s cold out? Go through your furry friend’s wardrobe, and make sure everything is clean, in good condition, and still fits. 


Coat/Grooming

Fido often gets fewer baths in winter. This makes sense: you don’t want to walk a wet dog on a frigid day! Give your pooch a good bath before it gets cold. You may also want to book your pup a few appointments at the salon for his winter beauty treatments. 


Doghouse

Dogs should always live indoors. After all, Fido is part of the family! However, if your canine buddy has a doghouse, make sure it’s clean and in good condition. You may want to hang thick strips of plastic in the door, to keep wind, rain, and snow out. 


Portions

Some dogs need to eat more in cold weather. Others will benefit from getting supplements, such as glucosamine or fish oil, which can help soothe aching joints. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Paw Care

Snow, salt, sand, and ice can all hurt your dog’s paws. Stock up on pet-safe de-icing products. You can also use paw balm to protect and moisturize your furry buddy’s feet.


Please contact us, your Dutchess County, NY vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help! 



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