Fall Safety Tips

The fall season is right around the corner, and it’s important to keep in mind the changes in season that may bring safety concerns for your pets. Here are just a few that may affect you and your pet.

Keep Warm
With temperatures dropping, it’s important to keep the pet’s warm when outdoors. Keep them cozy with jackets, boots and/or blankets, especially late evenings and early mornings. We don’t recommend leaving them out for extended periods of time.

Wildlife Danger
It’s almost hibernation season! Wildlife are getting ready for their winter snooze. It’s important to keep your distance for everyone’s safety, including these wild animals and yours.

Let there be light
As the days get shorter, you might only have the chance to walk the dog at night, in the dark. We recommend investing in reflective gear for yourself and your dog.

Joint support
Older joints might start feeling the effects of the cooler weather. In older pets, always keep an eye out for signs of arthritis such as limping and reluctance to jumping and exercise. Ask your veterinarian when is it time to consider joint supplements or even medication for your elderly pet.

Check for Ticks
The end of summer doesn’t necessarily mean the end of tick season. We advise owners to continue with their preventative parasite treatment until there are at least five days of frost. If there are a few days of warm temperatures in between or after, it’s important to continue the treatments.

Protect the paws
Don’t forget to protect your dog’s paws over the next few months. Canadian weather is harsh on their sensitive little paws. Doggie booties or paw sticks are great protection from warm to freezing temperatures.

Yard Clean Up
It’s important to dog-proof your yard. Clean up any rotten fruits or leaves that’s fallen off trees, broken sticks laying around and wash down any anti-freeze spills before the first frost.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 506.857.4271.

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT