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Care and advice for your pets this Autumn


Autumn


DOGS


Exercise

With darker mornings and evenings combined with colder weather, it can be tempting to skip on the odd walk or two. However, if your dog does not have enough activity and mental stimulation this can lead to behavioural problems. Ensure you keep up with regular exercise and when the weather is too bad to take them out give them toys and attention in the house to keep them stimulated. Try play scent games such as hiding treats around the house or invest in some interactive dog toys to keep your dog stimulated throughout the colder months.

Conkers and Acorns:

Both conkers and acorns are toxic to dogs. Chewing or swallowing on either of these can lead to sickness and diarrhoea and in some rarer cases, severe poisoning. Whenever you take your dog for a stroll be aware of what’s on the ground to ensure they don’t swallow anything that could do them harm.
Symtoms of ingestion of conkers and acorns can include:
• Drooling
• Retching
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
If you suspect your pet has ingested a conker or acorn, get them checked by your Vet as soon as possible.

Fireworks

This is the season for fireworks and as cats and dogs have very acute hearing the load bangs and whistles can cause distress and potentially cause them actual pain in their ears.
Keep your dog inside when you know fireworks are being let off and keep all windows and doors shut to stop them getting out and to keep noise to a minimum. Schedule your dog walks earlier in the day to avoid taking them out when fireworks are likely to be going off.

CATS


Exercise

Cats are unlikely to get as much exercise in the colder months as they will likely choose to stay inside where it is warm. Ensure you are balancing this with their food intake to avoid them gaining too much weight.


Hiding

Cats will naturally be drawn to warm places, if your cat does continue to go outside in the colder months be aware of places such as sheds, garages and under cars where they might seek shelter and warmth and end up becoming trapped. It is best to check around your car and under the bonnet before you drive off to ensure they are not sleeping under it.

Road Traffic

Busy times on the roads such as morning and evening rush hour traffic will soon be in the dark the further into Autumn we go. Because of this there is a significantly higher risk of your cat getting involved in an accident on the roads. It is best to keep your cat inside during the night and during rush hour traffic.
• Phone your vet to let them know you’ll be coming in and take your dog to the vets as soon as possible.

Fireworks:

This is the season for fireworks and as cats and dogs have very acute hearing the load bangs and whistles can cause distress and potentially cause them actual pain in their ears.
Keep your cat inside when you know fireworks are being let off and keep all windows, doors and cat flaps shut to stop them getting out and to keep noise to a minimum. If your cat is not already microchipped, you may want to consider this as the fireworks might frighten your cat and result in them running off and hiding, potentially getting lost. If this does happen, the microchip gives you a much better chance of finding your cat.


Sources

https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/all-pets/pet-care-in-autumn
https://www.nawt.org.uk/advice/keeping-pets-safe-autumn
https://www.cherrydownvets.co.uk/news/conkers-acorns-and-dogs/
https://www.vets-now.com/2017/01/cat-hazards-autumn/