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Get Ready for Fall with Your Dog

(Monday, September 22, 2014)

Fall is a great time to get outside with your dog and do things that the summer heat may have prevented you from doing. Here are some tips to keep your dog safe when taking part in your favorite fall activities.

  • Going to the orchard. The fall months are the best times to get out and go apple and pumpkin picking. Most farms will allow you to bring your dog, as long as he is kept on a leash. While the fruit you are picking is nice and ripe, beware of the fruit that has fallen off the trees and is rotted on the ground. This is in your dog's reach and may be tempting for him to eat.
  • Take a hike! Going for hikes with your dog is a great way to take advantage of the fall weather. Be sure to check your dog's pads often to make sure nothing is embedded in there such as splinters or pine needles. Don't forget to bring plenty of water for your dog and plastic bags for cleaning up bathroom breaks.
  • Check for ticks. Since the fall is also the height of tick season, make sure to check yourself and your dog for ticks often. If you find one, make sure to remove it right away. Take your dog to the veterinarian if you suspect he may have any tick-borne illness. Also, keep your dog up to date on any topical tick medications and annual Lyme disease vaccination as recommended by your veterinarian.