Your dog’s safety and welfare is vital during every season. Whether it’s a hot car, blizzard conditions or something in between, keeping your pup safe from potential danger is an important part of pet ownership. Now that fall has arrived in New England, you might think you’re out of the clear when it comes to potential hazards for your pup. However, even a beautiful season like fall brings with it possible dangers for your pets. Here’s four of them.

FESTERING FLEAS

It’s a common misconception that fleas only pose a risk to your pets during the summertime. However, that’s not the case. Your dog actually has a higher risk of attracting fleas during the autumn months because cooler temperatures drive fleas to find a warm place to settle – like your dog’s fur. The best kind of flea preventative like the one we carry, works by simply adding it to your dog’s food for flea protection year-round. Fleas don’t enjoy the taste of your dog’s skin if they have ingested the preventative powder, which greatly lowers your dog’s chances of becoming a parasitic host.  

TUMMY TROUBLE

Let’s face it: one of the perks of having a pup is not having to run the vacuum after every meal, particularly if you have young children. Fall evokes nostalgic memories of cozy mornings and warm, hearty meals with family. But did you know some of your favorite fall and holiday treats can actually be toxic to your dog? You know about chocolate, but avoid letting your pets eat other yummy foods which might include corn, wheat and soy – the three most common food allergens. These foods can give your dog gastrointestinal distress and may even lead to more serious conditions like pancreatitis. Play it safe and stick to dog-safe food for your pup this year, and everyone will be healthy and happy.

NIGHTTIME RULES

Another concern to consider in fall is the decrease in daylight hours. As the season progresses, at some point you’ll find yourself walking your dog in the dark. This means both of you are more susceptible to dangers brought on by low visibility, like an unsuspecting vehicle, and the risks associated with colder temperatures without the sun’s warmth. Prepare yourselves with proper attire, a flashlight and even light reflective gear like collars, leashes or a dog jacket each time you head out on a nighttime stroll.

LETHAL LEAVES

Playing and jumping in a pile of leaves is one of the best things about fall – if you’re a dog anyway! However, there are reasons to remain cautious. The warm and wet environment in a pile of leaves, particularly after an autumn rain, is the perfect breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria to develop. Keep a careful eye on your dog while they play and make sure to wipe them down right when you come inside. Don’t forget to check in between their toes!

WANT MORE TIPS?

Are you looking for more tips on how to keep your dog safe this fall? Give us a call or stop by one of our locations. We’d love to hear from you!

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35 C North Chicopee Street Chicopee, MA 01020

139 King Street Northampton, MA 01060

ABOUT US

Our Mission is to ensure pet parents’ peace of mind by providing consistent, compassionate grooming services and a nurturing, safe and fun environment for pets to socialize and grow through our daycare and overnight programs.

Chicopee hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00 - 5:00pm 

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

Northampton hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

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