- wildlife encounters with pets
More often than not, pet owners fear the worst when it comes to their pets. If they let dogs outside, they will get lost. Or, if dogs encounter the unknown they will bite children or interface with wildlife. In October, pet advocates unite to celebrate Animal Safety and Prevention Month to make pet owners aware of things that they must do to keep pets healthy and alert in the fall season.
"Cats have an internal GPS system that traces their steps back to the house; but dogs aren't as lucky. (Even cats get lost, too.) Keep collars on domestic dogs and cats to ensure that they are reunited with pet owners. Regularly check to see that the collar did not slip off from the dog or cat. If your dog appears uncomfortable, the collar may be too tight for them." (EasyPetFence.com)
Dogs and cats that are lost can be found at local animal shelters and humane societies. Use social media to post pictures of pets to spread the word about missing pets.
Regular Vet Check-ups
Both dogs and cats will need annual visits to the veterinarian office near you to keep them up-to-date with shots and vaccinations. As the pet ages, the trips to the vet will become more frequent. During the fall season, it is important to have pets groomed for ticks and ensure they have rabies shots, as encounters with deer, coyotes and other wild animals are possible.
Proper Diet and Exercise
As the temperatures drop, it may be tempting to stay indoors; however, pets need at least 30 minutes of daily activity to stay fit and lean. Without strength training exercises, dogs will become lethargic, weak, and plump. In 2017, the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention reported that found 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. The numbers can drop by playing with dogs in the fenced-in yard.
Deer mating season begins in October; which is when they will be out-and-about scoping out suitable mates. In addition, they are looking to eat from lawns and gardens before natural resources become scarce in the wintertime. To make matters worse, bears are preparing for winter hibernation and coyotes have a taste for meat. Protect pets with fencing to keep the peace between wildlife and companion animals.
Autumn comes with challenges brought on by cooler temperatures and wildlife encounters. However, if pet owners take the necessary steps to keep pets healthy and active then they will live long and happy lives with owners.