A key element of pet care is to ensure your furry friends have what they need as temperatures change. Just as you get out cold weather clothing and perform home maintenance to prepare for fall and winter, you will also need to take steps to transition your dog or cat as the seasons change. Here are a few tips and suggestions for how to make fall feel as good for your pets as possible:
- Fall allergies can leave pets itching as much as their owners. Both dogs and cats can lick themselves sore or scratch themselves too hard if they can’t get relief. Weekly baths with moisturizing shampoo can sooth irritated skin and reduce scratching or licking. Talk to your veterinarian for suggestions on brands of shampoo, grooming tips, or if more frequent baths would be a good solution for your pet.
- A sure sign in dogs with lighter coats that they are worrying a spot is if their fur is tinted pink. Dogs’ saliva has a slight hue that builds up over time. Discourage pets from over-grooming in response to allergies, or they could end up with worse problems that will require a trip to the vet clinic.
- If baths and intervention don’t reduce excessive scratching, licking, and chewing, or if the allergies do not subside even after fall allergy season has passed, make an appointment at your local pet hospital. Your vet will be able to test for a more serious underlying condition like ringworm, assess to see if your dog or cat has developed a food allergy, or prescribe flea and tick medication.
- Check with your veterinarian if a solution like Benadryl or another medication could help alleviate your pet’s itching. Some pets with severe season allergies or chronic environmental allergies may require medication. The staff at your preferred animal clinic will be able to develop a plan for an allergy-prone pet’s longterm care and comfort.