We are not quite there yet, but fall is approaching very quickly. While it is the most beautiful time of the year, it is one that you and your Whoodle can enjoy; there is a fresh set of challenges and hazards for you to be aware of and protect your Whoodle from.
Wrap up warm
Once fall rolls around, you will notice the days and nights become cooler, so while you start to put your extra layers on, the same should be done for your Whoodle. If you do not already have one, you should really consider purchasing a dog coat, especially if you have a smooth or single-coated breed, but make sure it’s water resistant, lined, and adjustable.
Establish a routine
The holidays are finally over, the kids have gone back to school, and your pet is trying to get used to the new routine. Your pets very quickly get used to having extra humans around during the holidays, but it’s essential to be mindful of separation anxiety; perhaps you can book daycare to give your Whoodle some attention during the day.
It’s unlikely that you will be using your pool as much during the fall as cold temperatures approach you. To help keep your pet safe, install a pool cover that can hold your pet’s weight just to be safe when they become curious.
If your dog is spending a lot of time outdoors, you will have to prepare them to face the impending cold temperatures. Ensure they have a warm and dry shelter to protect them from the elements. Include extra blankets and bedding too. Consider including small cedar shavings into the mix because they provide excellent insulation.
It is a common belief that outdoor dogs should be fed more during the cooler months to help keep them warm, but it is not often the case. If your dog is particularly active, you should consider giving him a little bit more at mealtime, but don’t give him more than a 10% increase. And that does not give you the right to go crazy with the snacks!
Fall can be quite a wet or muddy time of the year, so ensure that you are fully prepared for extra washing and grooming. Keep extra towels in your car to absorb excess water, and even investing in some waterless shampoo might not be a bad idea, so you can keep your dog squeaky clean without the hassle of taking a bath.
Ticks and Fleas
It may be getting cooler, but that does not mean there are no ticks or fleas; they are still a big problem. Make sure you are keeping on top of your flea and tick treatments.
Like humans, the changing seasons can set off some allergies for dogs. If your dog is developing a skin rash, starts sneezing, or has a clear discharge coming from his nose, it is likely they are feeling the effects of an allergy. Take your dog over to the vet quickly and get some medicine such as the antihistamines prescribed.
They are bright and fun, but in the wrong paws can be quite dangerous. Do not leave any decorative objects around that your dog might chomp on. Otherwise, there may be a trip to the vet.
Some of the things suggested may seem pointless, but they all matter. We don’t bring pets into our families to harm them; we do it to help them, and if you honestly want that, you will follow the abovementioned things.