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Autumn Care for Dogs

Autumn is a beautiful time of year here in Oregon. However, as the leaves change, you may also want to make some minor changes to your dog’s care regimen, to keep your pet happy and healthy as the weather cools. Read on as a Happy Valley, OR vet discusses autumn care for dogs.

Doghouse

Does your pet have a doghouse? Although Man’s Best Friend is happier and healthier living indoors, your pup may enjoy having his own little place outside. Give the doghouse a good cleaning, and make sure that the opening faces away from prevailing winds. Also, make sure that your dog’s outdoor home is well-insulated.

Fur

Autumn is a prime shedding season. Brushing your pooch regularly will remove that dead fur and dander from his coat, and will actually help keep him warmer. (Tip: use a squeegee or rubber dish glove to get fur off your carpets and upholstery.) Pets with thin fur may need clothing to keep them warm. Just choose your dog’s wardrobe carefully. Avoid clothes that are too tight or constricting, or anything with small parts your pup may try to eat. Be sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed!

Veterinary Care

Be sure to keep up with your dog’s parasite control and vaccinations. Your pet will also benefit from regular exams. If your pup is due for veterinary care, schedule an appointment today!

Diet

Working dogs; a senior pooches; puppies; nursing mamas; and dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors may need extra calories during the colder months. Pets with bone/joint issues, such as arthritis, may also benefit from certain supplements. For instance, fish oil can help lubricate your pet’s bones and joints. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Hazards

In autumn, many wild animals are looking for a place to hibernate, and may be crankier than usual. Don’t let your dog nose around in areas that look like they could potentially be dens. You’ll also want to remove any mushrooms and dead leaves from your yard, as they could be toxic or be covered in dangerous molds. Many people also apply lawn and garden chemicals; pesticides; and rodenticides in fall. Keep your pooch away from recently-treated areas, and wipe his paws and belly down with a damp cloth daily.

Does your dog need an exam, vaccines, or parasite control? Contact us, your Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, today!

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