Autumn Care for Dogs

Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Colorado. The changing leaves, crisp air, and seasonal decorations all have a special, whimsical charm. While we may still have some good weather ahead of us, many people are already starting to get ready for winter. If you have a pooch, you’ll also want to get Fido prepared for the cold season. Below, an Aurora, CO vet discusses autumn care for dogs.


Fido may need to consume some extra calories in cold weather. Senior dogs, puppies, nursing mamas, working pups, and pooches that spend a lot of time outdoors may need bigger portion sizes in fall and winter. If your pet has arthritis or other bone/joint issues, he may also benefit from certain supplements. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Fall poses some specific dangers to pets. Wild animals are one concern. In autumn, many animals are getting ready to hibernate, and may be crankier—and more likely to attack—than usual. Be very careful when walking Fido, especially near wooded areas. Chemicals are another hazard. Many people apply lawn and garden products at this time of year. Herbicides, pesticides, rodenticides, and fertilizers are all very toxic to Man’s Best Friend. Antifreeze is also very dangerous to pets: be sure to cover any spills with sand or kitty litter. Seasonal foods and decorations; candles; fireplaces; and cold weather can also endanger your canine buddy.


Does your pooch have a doghouse? This is a great time to give your pup’s outdoor home a good cleaning! Make sure Fido’s doghouse is well-insulated, with the opening facing away from prevailing winds.


Dogs with thin fur may need some extra protection from the cold. Check Fido’s winter wardrobe, and discard anything that is worn out. When shopping for your pet, don’t buy him anything that is too tight or itchy. You’ll also want to avoid doggy clothes with small parts or dangling threads, as these could potentially choke or entangle your pup.


As the weather cools, Fido may want to spend more time napping than playing outside. Make sure he has a comfy bed, and limit his outdoor time when it’s cold out. To keep your pet active on cold days, try playing fun indoor games, like fetch.

Contact us, your Aurora, CO animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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