Pet care during the Autumn months
During the autumn months, your pets are likely to experience some muddy walks or running through the golden leaves on the ground. With the change in season, we need to consider the changes we need to make and consider to keeping our pets safe.
Walkies in the Autumn months
When planning a walk in the Autumn months, it is a good idea to always bring a towel – you never know if the heavens are about to open or if your dog might go for a roll in a big muddy puddle. It is also a good idea to have a first aid kit in case something hidden under mud or leaves causes an unexpected injury.
Don’t forget that although we are entering the chillier months, your pet may still get warm and thirsty, so remember to bring clean, fresh water for them to drink.
Plants in Autumn
On your autumn walks, as well as leaves, your pet may come across conkers and acorns on the ground. These can be toxic if ingested by your dog, causing stomach issues including vomiting and intestinal blockages. If they are sniffing, just pay attention that they aren’t picking up anything that could be an issue for them.
Another item that can be found in the wet woodland areas are fungi and mushrooms. Not all species of mushrooms are dangerous to our pets, however some may be toxic so it is best to be vigilant when walking them in these areas.
It is good to also make sure your garden is pet safe and free from plants that could be a possible issue, these can include:
- Autumn Crocus
- Horse chestnut
Those autumnal dark nights
The darker nights are already here but the clocks are also about to go back, meaning it will be darker earlier. It is recommended on these dark early morning or evening walks that your dog wears a reflective collar, harness or lead, or even an LED light source to keep your dog visible. You may also want to consider taking a head torch for yourself, and ensuring your phone is fully charged so you can use the torch on your phone if needed.
Don’t forgot that it is recommended to also have a reflective quick release collar for your cat (if they will wear one) and may be worthwhile making sure they are safe at home before it gets dark. Make sure that your small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits are protected from the chiller nights as well with appropriate warm bedding and outer protection for hutches or enclosures.
Hopefully, we won’t have many stormy days, but we know our weather can be unpredictable in the UK, with autumn often meaning rainy and windy days. If high winds are expected, it is a good idea to walk your dog before the time when the worst weather is forecasted and keep your cats inside during these times. Ensure that small animals including guinea pigs and rabbits are brought indoors or provided extra shelter where you can.
If there has been high winds, it is also a good idea to check your garden is still pet safe – checking fences in particular for any damage to ensure your garden remains a secure space for your pet before letting them out.