The leaves are starting to change and the temperature is starting to drop. It’s true, Summer has turned into Fall. Naturally, to prepare we pack up the tank tops and shorts and pull out the jackets. We light the pilot light and pull out the pumpkin recipes but do you know how to get your dog ready for fall? Here are some Fall dog tips.
Water – During Summer we remember to fill the water bowl frequently because it’s so hot outside. For Fall, keep the water bowl full and as the temperatures drop lower and lower keep an eye out on any outdoor water bowls to make sure they aren’t freezing over.
Bed – Wood and tile floors can get cold. Pull out the dog blankets and make a warm sleeping space for your pooch. Wash and/or change the blankets at least once a week.
Diet – Dogs use more energy keeping warm in colder weather. You may need to increase their food portions during Fall and Winter to help him keep warm. Check with vet to see if this is the case.
Shedding – We tend to think that shedding is only a problem after the colder month but some dogs shed their summer coats in preparation for their winter coat. Brush daily or weekly as needed.
Flea/Tick – Summer isn’t the only time to worry about fleas and ticks. The flea and tick season can last into late fall. Many vets recommend year-round protection. Make sure your dog is covered.
How do you get your dog ready for Fall? Do you have any Fall dog tips?