Although summer days can keep your dog busy (and dirty!), eventually all good things come to an end. Now that fall is on its way, it’s time to think about how to keep your dog healthy and clean during all of the fun autumn activities headed your way. This article will review four simple and easy ways to stay on top of your dog’s hygiene and keep them healthy this fall season.

BRUSH FREQUENTLY

Between playing in piles of leaves and spending time at apple orchards, fall has lots of opportunities for your dog to get dirty. To make sure they are comfortable, plan to brush their fur at least once per day even as the cooler weather sets in. Lots of outdoor play can mean matted fur and the potential for fleas and ticks. Frequent brushing can help keep your dog’s fur smooth and more effective at providing warmth as the temperatures drop. 

BATHE REGULARLY

It probably comes as no surprise, but bathing is just as important in the fall as it is in the summer. Falling leaves and plants result in more pollen and environmental allergens, which can settle on your dog’s fur. If your pup is allergic to mold or other plant pollens, autumn can exacerbate some of these symptoms. Since leaf piles are hard for dogs to ignore, you can also plan on needing to wash away any mud, dirt, and other debris on a regular basis. Bathing helps keep your dog clean and healthy by removing any potential bacteria from rotting leaves and plants. To ensure your dog feels their best, remember to schedule a fall time grooming appointment in addition to your regular bathing routine.

PAW CONTROL

Despite the fact that your dog relies on their paws to do everything, it can be easy to forget them when grooming at home. It’s important to check and clean your pup’s paws regularly, especially if they spend lots of time outside. In autumn, leaves and debris can get stuck in the paws, and long nails can snag. Keep your dog’s nail trimmed to keep them comfortable and able to enjoy the season.

ALLERGY AWARENESS

As mentioned before, springtime is not the only season known for allergies. Falling leaves and other plants release pollen into the air which can trigger allergic responses in some dogs. Rain can increase the chances of mold growth in leaf piles and elsewhere in your backyard. Potential symptoms of seasonal allergies in dogs include sneezing, itchiness. Watery eyes, and excessive scratching. To reduce symptoms and flare-ups, bathe your dog regularly with shampoo designed for allergy-prone skin and fur.

Make sure your dog is ready for fall! A full grooming session or even just a touch up session to keep your pup’s healthy and clean can make all of the difference. Book your next grooming appointment at The Good Dog Spot today.

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We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch