Following a hot, dry summer, the beginning of fall is more than welcome! As you prepare for seasonal changes, keep the following in mind to ensure safe pet care for you and your clients.
Colder weather has many effects on pets. They need to eat more to regulate body heat and offset what is (hopefully) increased exercise as pet owners and pet sitters are able to get out more.
Cold, wet weather aggravates arthritis, common in overweight and senior dogs. If you notice stiffness, limping or lack of interest in exercise with client’s pets, suggest they add joint supplements to their dog’s diet.
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Other Fall Weather concerns for pet sitters to be mindful of include the fact that snakes begin their hibernation in winter and may be particularly crabby if encountered. Rats and mice are also looking for shelter from the cold.
If you live in an area prone to rats, especially around citrus trees, be careful about rat poison. If a dog or cat were to ingest rodenticide, it can be life-threatening. Be extra vigilant when walking dogs or entering client’s homes and yards where rat baits may be located.
When walking dogs, avoid allowing them to romp and sniff in piles of leaves. Leaves harbor mold and bacteria when wet. Those microorganisms, if ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite.
Other forms of unwanted organisms include mushrooms. While more prevalent this time of year, most are harmless. A small percentage, however, can be toxic if ingested. Unless you are a mycologist, best to simply avoid all mushrooms. Just keep an eye on the fungi!
With shorter daylight hours, consider walking dogs with reflective lighting. Always walk them on a leash (harness is better) to ensure control. A dog in flight at night may not be seen as well by passing motorists.
Lastly, short-coated dogs get colder so may benefit by outer wear. (Another Pet Pro tip for affiliate marketing ideas)!
As always, have fun, be safe and hugs,
Your Pet Pro Team @ AoPP