Do’s and don’ts for fall events with your pet

Do’s and don’ts for fall events with your pet

Autumn is here and with it comes plenty of events for you and your furry friend to try. Whether you prefer being outdoors or spending time on the couch, we have a few ideas for you and your pet to do (and not do).

Do watch the leaves change color.

There are plenty of places for you and your dog to walk and see the leaves changing color. The Wolf River Refuge Trailhead is a great place to hike and breathe in the crisp fall air. If your dog isn’t a fan of hiking, creating leaf piles is a classic fall activity. Your dog will love playing with the colorful leaf pile in your yard, especially if you hide their favorite toy in the leaves.

Don’t push your dog too hard.

Everyone wants to get out and explore, especially when the weather starts to cool off. If your dog is not used to walking long distances, consider taking a walk through your neighborhood or at a local park. Dogs simply enjoy being outside, so if they aren’t used to the trails, consider shorter alternatives to start. 

Do make pet friendly fall treats.

Pumpkin is packed with nutrients and is a great source of fiber for dogs and cats. There are plenty of recipes online for homemade pumpkin treats for your furry friend to try. Or, if you don’t have time to bake treats, plain canned pumpkin is just as tasty to your pet – cats included!

Don’t let your dog or cat have Halloween candy.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without candy but be mindful when treating yourself around your pet. Ingredients found in Halloween candy, like theobromine, caffeine in chocolate, and the artificial sweetener xylitol are toxic for your dog or cat. We recommend keeping your candy stored where your furry friend cannot discover it. 

Do have a Halloween movie marathon.

There’s nothing better than cuddling with your cat on a cool, rainy day. Snuggle up under a blanket and select your favorite Halloween movie to watch together. Perhaps your pet would enjoy Scooby Doo, Frankenweenie, or Hocus Pocus? 

Don’t hesitate to visit the vet.

With cooler temperatures come seasonal allergies. If your dog or cat is licking, biting, scratching, experiencing irritated skin, hair loss, coughing or sneezing, they may be suffering from seasonal allergies. Ask your veterinarian about seasonal allergies and see if medication is right for your pet. 

Autumn is a great season to explore the outdoors with your pet. Help your pet stay safe and healthy this fall by following these guidelines! If you’re interested in learning more about low-cost veterinary care, visit our website to see if you qualify. 

 

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