Fall Pet Care Tips

Autumn is here! Whether you are looking forward to winter or dreading it, you have to admit that this time of year can be gorgeous in Colorado. Here, an Aurora, CO vet lists some seasonal do’s and don’ts for pet parents.

Put Comfort First

That pretty fur coat won’t keep your pet from feeling cold. Make sure your four-legged pal has lots of warm, comfy spots to snuggle up in. Give your furry friend’s bedding a good wash. If you have a cat, set out some extra beds for her. (You get bonus purrs for putting them in warm spots, like places with sunbeam exposure.) If Fido has thin fur, he’ll need some clothes to keep the cold at bay. Make sure your pup’s things fit well and are in good shape. Older pets often get stiff and sore in winter. Treatments, supplements, massage, and heated beds can all help with this. Ask your vet for more information.

Beware of Halloween Dangers

Halloween can be very dangerous for our furry companions. Increased traffic is one concern. Pets can also choke or entangle themselves with seasonal decorations. Candies are also a hazard: those yummy sweets aren’t safe or suitable for your cute pet. Cats—especially black ones—are especially at risk. Keep Fluffy indoors around the holiday, and limit Fido’s outdoor time, especially if you have a yard.

Be Aware Of Seasonal Hazards

Halloween isn’t the only danger pets face at this time of year. There’s also an increased risk of exposure to or ingestion of harmful chemicals. Many people treat their lawns and gardens in fall. This is also a popular time for people to fill their cars with antifreeze, which is toxic to pets. Wildlife is another concern. Many wild animals will be seeking places to hibernate, and may be more aggressive than usual.


As the weather cools, we’ll start seeing some of those dreary, chilly days. This is perfect weather for relaxing with a good book or movie and your furry best friend. On one of those grey, drizzly days, give yourself a mini stay-cation. Buy or make your favorite comfort food, and then settle in with your pet for some R&R. Those quiet moments are great for the soul!

Please contact us, your Aurora, CO vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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