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Fresh mornings full of strong sunshine are sprinkled through February, here and there. It’s a sign that summer days are losing their pace and that autumn is ready to prepare us physically, mentally, and spiritually for colder days. You’re preparing yourself for the change, but you shouldn’t forget to prepare your dog as well, as they are a part of your family as well. Get him ready for the season change so he can enjoy it in the best way possible. The arrival of autumn means less outdoor activities, which further means – new threats for house dogs. Having an autumn ‘survival kit’ around is important, and if you don’t already have one, this is what you should include to keep him safe and healthy.

#1 Keep on with Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas are dormant outside during winter, but they are still very active during autumn. The harsh truth is that these insects are hard to get rid of once they are present, and can still be seen all year-round. They infest an animal, and just within five minutes of landing – they start to eat and reproduce, and can infest it with other diseases. Ticks are also a major concern for the autumn season,according to the University of Rhode Island, many species of ticks are active during winter and are known to survive the first frost. They can be vectors for other diseases, such as Rocky Mountain Fever and Lyme Disease. In order keep your pet safe from ticks and fleas, you should get preventative dog supplies and apply them during the whole year.

#2 Heartworm Prevention

Dirofilaria immitis, also known as heartworm, is one of the biggest threats to the health of household pets. These parasitic worms are spread through mosquito bites, so you should get your dog on medications for heartworm prevention because mosquito season is still not completely over. In order for mosquitoes to become active, average temperature has to be more than 60F for an extended period of time.

#3 Seasonal Allergies

Dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies, just like people. With the changing of the season, the skin is where the allergies manifest. Dog owners should keep an eye out for ear troubles or excessive scratching (classic signs of allergies), because there’s almost no way to prevent seasonal allergies in dogs. If it happens that you suspect that the cause of your dog’s distress may be allergies, take him to the veterinarian. In case the allergies are the culprit, the animal can be prescribed antihistamines.

#4 Get Ready for Post Summer Shedding

Dogs shed their fur seasonally, in the spring they lose the winter coat and make room for lighter spring and summer hair. On the other hand, as the summer draws to an end they replace their light summer fur to make way for thick winter one as to keep warm during the cold days. So be prepared to increase the brushing intervals during autumn.

#5 Keep your Dog Clean and Sterile

All the things you need to keep him and the surroundings clean should be included in your sanitary kit – poop bins, bags, and disposable gloves. Yes, you’ve trained your dog to do his business outdoors, but it just happened that he did it inside the house. What can we say but to be prepared for unexpected situations.

#6 Food Supplies

By this we mean stocking up on your pet snacks, everything from treats for rewarding your dog for good behaviour, to their regular food selection. Have a mix of dry food and wet food (useful in case you can’t supply him enough water, to mitigate to a certain extent). Buy him single-serving canned food to avoid food waste.

When autumn time comes, you should slowly have to make a transition with your household dog, so it adjusts to the change easier. Visit the vet for a physical check, flea medications, and vaccines. Take him out often, increase his exercise, and have fun!

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