Summer is over, Fall is here and we've got some festive and easy pet tips!
•Mix It Up
Did you know that canned pumpkin is good for your dog's diet? The soluble fiber in pumpkin can help with digestive issues, while the antioxidants and essential fatty acids in the seeds promote healthy skin and fur and urinary health. Additional nutrients found in pumpkins, such as beta-carotene and iron, might reduce the likelihood of your pet developing cancer. Try mixing 1-2 teaspoons of canned pumpkin in your dog's food.
•Get Active Again
Has summer heat kept you and your pet from your outdoor activities? If so, your pet might be in need of extra exercise before cold weather sets in. Take advantage of the beautiful fall days and go for a run, toss a Frisbee, or take your pet to the local dog park. It's important to ease into increased exercise to prevent injury. Fall is also a good time to brush up on training. Make sure your dog hasn't gotten rusty from the lack of involvement during the summer months by going through all the basic commands.
•Coping with Shedding
In early fall, pets begin shedding their summer coat to allow room for their winter coat. For many pet owners, this means pet hair on your couch, your clothes, and everywhere in between. But it doesn't have to be that way. Make time to brush your pet weekly, if not daily, depending on your pet's shedding habits. Brushing your pet will allow you to catch most of the unwanted hair before it ends up around your home.
No matter the season, always be sure that your pet has access to water. It is important that the water is clean to avoid any bacteria from entering your pet’s system. Also remember that in autumn, nighttime temperatures often drop below freezing. If your pet spends a lot of time outside, check for ice formation in their water and remove any floating chunks that could lead to choking.