Fall Care for Older Pets

Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Ontario. Rainy autumn days make perfect weather for cuddling up with a furry pal! While this time of year does present some dangers for our animal companions. However, older pets also need some extra TLC at this time of year. Here, a London, ON vet discusses fall care for senior pets.


Did you know that dead fur and dander can actually detract from the insulating properties of your pet’s fur? Regular brushings will help your four-legged pal stay comfortable. Plus, this is a great way to spend time with your furry friend!


Does your canine pal have thin fur? Do you have a hairless cat? If so, your pet will need some sweaters and jackets to protect them from the cold. Go through your four-legged buddy’s wardrobe, and make sure that everything fits well, is clean, and is in good condition.


Keep your pet indoors as much as you can, especially on chilly days. Senior pets are not only more fragile and easily hurt, they are also very sensitive to temperature changes.


Older pets, particularly those with bone/joint issues, such as arthritis, often get quite stiff and sore when the weather changes. Supplements may help with this. For example, fish oil helps lubricate stiff joints, while glucosamine can help protect against cartilage loss. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Many of our furry patients spend a good chunk of winter curled up in their favorite napping spots. (We can’t really blame them.) Make sure your pet has a good bed. We recommend orthopedic beds, especially for medium and large dogs. Your fuzzy friend will also appreciate having lots of warm, comfy places to doze off in. Cats often like to snooze in sunbeams at this time of year, so put a bed where it gets a good shot of morning light. You may also want to offer your pet a heated or thermal blanket.


Fireplaces, heaters, candles, and lamps all make your home feel cozy in autumn. However, they are dangerous for pets. Use candleholders, sconces, grates, and other measures to keep your furry buddy away from open flames. You’ll also need to be careful with seasonal foliage and decorations.

As your London, ON vet clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

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