Autumn is a great season for pets – Lots of leaves and foliage to run through and explore for dogs, while the bright sunshine through the day allows our feline friends to sunbathe right through to winter. But there are some things to keep in mind so here are our handy tips for keeping your pet healthy in Autumn:

Parasites

Although Spring and Summer provide the optimal environment for fleas and ticks there are still loads of the pesky critters around in the Autumn.

  • Fleas
    Love the heat and as we are switching on our central heating to get all cosy, flea pupae (that have been lying dormant) decide this would be a nice time to hatch and start biting again.  Ticks use the fallen leaves and foliage on the ground to hide in so are still very much a problem after Summer has passed. Check your pet regularly for fleas and ticks throughout Autumn and if you have any concerns contact our PetGP nurses via the PetGP website
  • Harvest mites, also called Berry Bugs, love this time of year too. The larvae stage of the mite feed off body tissue and cause a real itchy feeling on your pet, particularly in between the toes, legs and tummy.  Try to avoid long grasses and don’t let your pet sunbathe in areas like this.  If you notice a gathering of red or orange coloured dust on your pets fur you can be sure they will start scratching soon – there are treatments available from your vet but prevention is always better than cure so contact our PetGP nurses via the PetGP website


Cut Pads

Another hidden danger in Autumn is the amount of debris under all the fallen leaves. A common occurrence in this season is cuts, gashes, grazes and slices out of the foot pads in dogs and cats.  Sometimes these can be painful for your pet, you may notice them holding the leg up or walking with a limp, but quite often even they don’t notice so it’s up to you to check your pet’s paws regularly.  If you notice bleeding, apply pressure to help stop this and contact our PetGP nurses via the PetGP website for first aid advice.

Stress

Firework season is upon us and for many pets this means noise phobias and all manner of behaviour issues related to this.  If you are aware your pet has a fear of fireworks or loud noises then this will also be a stressful time for you.  The best way to get through this season is to start early and prepare your pet and your home for the next few weeks.  Some people use a CD with firework noises in the background to desensitise their pet, gradually turning the volume up over the weeks as they become used to it. A pheromone diffuser or collar may help and there are also food supplements that have excellent results at destressing animals. All of these things have to be started early in the season otherwise they will not work on the night. Provide a den for your pet that is dark and quiet, walk dogs early in the evening and make sure cats are in for the night before it starts to get dark.  For further advice contact our PetGP nurses via the PetGP website.

Our Veterinary Nurses are on hand 24 hours a day to discuss all aspects of preventative healthcare so please contact our PetGP nurses via the PetGP website