Fall is going full-swing now. Many of our patients are enjoying those crisp autumn walks, and posing for some pretty adorable seasonal photos. Puppies and kittens are often extra frisky at this time of year. Older animals may not be as mischievous, but they also need a bit of additional care as temperatures drop. A local Fayetteville, NC vet offers some advice on spending autumn with older pets in this article.
Your pet’s fur coat will protect them from the worst of the weather. However, mats, tangles, and dead fur reduce the insulating abilities of that pretty coat. If Fido had a short summer ‘do, it’s time to let it grow out. As for Fluffy, she may need a hand taking care of all that fur. Brushing your feline buddy regularly will help her look and feel her best. Dental care and, for dogs, nail trims are also important. If your canine pal needs jackets when it’s cold, this is the time to get his winter wardrobe ready.
Fido and Fluffy are both quite sleepy, and they get even more tired as they age. Make sure they have plenty of warm napping spots. We recommend orthopedic beds for older animals, just because of the extra support. You can add soft throws for additional warmth.
Many older pets get quite stiff and sore as they age. Cold, damp weather can exacerbate this. Your furry pal may benefit from certain supplements. For instance, glucosamine and fish oil are often recommended for arthritic pets. Pets that are very active and/or have thin coats may need larger portion sizes, as they’ll burn more calories staying warm. Ask your vet for specific advice.
It’s important for pet owners to be aware of seasonal dangers. For instance, many late-blooming plants are toxic to pets. Older pets aren’t as likely to chew on or play with small decorative items as puppies and kittens, but it’s still best to err on the side of caution and keep these out of the way. You’ll also want to be cautious with things like fireplaces and candles. Use grates before fireplaces, and keep candles in high, secure spots.
It’s getting dark quite early now. If your four-legged pal stays home alone while you go to work, turn a light on before you leave. Also, make sure Fluffy’s litterbox is in a spot that’s easy for her to reach and isn’t too dark or drafty.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Fayetteville, NC pet hospital, today!