As beautiful as fall is, it does bring a new set of challenges for humans and animals alike. Most times when the weather and temperature changes, it tends to have some impact on all animals. Especially when that weather is chilly and ticks and fleas are roaming around (yes you’ll be seeing plenty of them in autumn).
Some of the things that the new season brings we can’t control but we can manage how they affect us. Other things that the autumn brings, such as fireworks, Thanksgiving and anti-freeze are all a result of human activity, so can be compromised when around pets.
As the mentioning of Thanksgiving may seem irrelevant, we’ll start with food!
Make Sure They Eat Well
Cold weather can take it’s toll even on the strongest of bodies. Especially when faced with frequent rain and mud. Some argue that these animals should eat more in fall and winter (a bit like humans really), but only if they’re doing the right amount of activity to use that energy, not store as fat.
Giving your animal beneficial meals means finding the right foods for your breed of animal. Also, for their activity requirements and coat. Don’t forget that lovable shiny coat. Keeping them nourished with top food and vitamins, mean they’ll remain strong and well during these cold dark months.
This also means don’t be tempted to over-feed them with the lavish, fatty and processed human foods we get eating at Thanksgiving and Christmas
Watch Out for Ticks and Fleas
Just when you thought you were done with these pesky things, you were wrong. They are just as prevalent in the autumn as they are in the humid summer time. They also peak at the time when we start turning our heating on.
That doesn’t mean stay away from central heating, just check your animals regularly! If you have any concerns about parasites talk to your vet to find ways to prevent them.
Beware of Mud as a Breeding Ground
With fall comes more rain, and with more rain comes more mud. Mud is not only a pain when it’s all over our clothes and house or stuck to our horses or dogs well groomed coat, but it can be dangerous.
Muddy areas become a damp and moist place for bacteria to thrive and insects to enjoy. Horses standing in mud can also encourage hoof diseases, so make sure you sluice those hooves thoroughly.
Stay Out the Rain
Rain may result in your furry friend getting a bit of cold, but it also can cause rain rot in both horses and dogs.
Rain rot, also known as mud fever, dew poisoning or dermatophilosis, can cause skin irritation, skin infection and hair loss. To help prevent this maintain a high standard of hygiene alongside making sure your animals stay dry when they can. Humid environments can contribute to this too, so alter that if you need to.
Seasonal Canine Illness is a very serious problem that comes about during Autumn. The cause is yet unknown, but tend to follow walks in woodland areas. Stay vigilant to the symptoms.
Keep the Chemicals at Bay
As the ice begins to make an appearance, so does the use of anti-freeze. In case it wasn’t obvious, do not use this anywhere near your animals. Even if you don’t, there is a genuine problem with car radiators leaking anti-freeze on to the street.
This then can make dogs and possibly horses vulnerable to lick it up. Be wary of slug pellets, too. We know slugs can be a pain as the damp starts to set in, but be wary that whether it’s you or someone else that’s put them out, keep your animal away!