With summer quickly fading away and fall making its presence known, the time has come to start getting your canine companion ready for the change in seasons. Just like you put away the summer clothes and restock on allergy medicine, there are a few steps to take to make sure your dog is ready for the shift.
1. Watch for allergies
Just like people, dogs can have allergic reactions. And, just like people, it is generally the change in seasons that brings out the worst in canine allergies. Mold, pollen, ragweed, and dust mites are all very common allergens, and they can hit dogs very hard in the transition from summer to fall. Keep an eye out for these common symptoms:
If you notice these symptoms, it would be a good idea to take your dog in to see the vet and hopefully help get them under control.
2. Brush well
As colder weather starts rolling in, you will notice your dog starting to shed. A lot. Their thin summer coat will start to clog your air vents and cover your furniture as their thicker winter coat starts to come in. You can help this process by brushing your pooch more frequently during this transition. Most dogs enjoy getting brushed, but make sure to offer a reward when you are finished so they are happy to do it. Your own allergies will thank you for reducing the amount of dander in the house.
3. Keep your yard clear of dangers
A change in seasons can also mean new things to watch out for in keeping your dog healthy. Keep an extra close eye out for fleas and ticks, who become more active in spring and fall. Keep your yard clear of mushrooms, as these can be poisonous if your dog explores by eating things. Finally, make sure any water fixtures are blocked off if you put any antifreeze in them. Antifreeze smells and tastes sweet, but can be deadly if your dog gets into it.
Fall is one of the best seasons to have a dog: the beauty of the changing colors and the less intense temperatures makes it an ideal time to get out and enjoy the weather. When staying indoors with your dog, make sure to keep a stain and odor spray like Bio-nihilator on hand in case of any accidents.