Tips You should know about cats and dogs this fall.

Autumn is a transitional season characterized by climatic changes and lowering temperatures, factors that can be delicate for our pets as exposes their needs to many changes.

Practical advices

Not everyone suffers the cold in the same way

Not all dogs and cats are made the same. Different pets suffer cold differently. On one hand long-haired dogs and cats suffer the most in spring, when the weather begins to warm up. On the other hand, short-haired dogs and cats suffer the most in the period between autumn and winter.

The cold is mainly felt by breeds with little undercoat and a low percentage of body fat, for example the Greyhound and the Poodle among dogs and the Siamese and Peterbald among cats.

Outdoor pets are more affected by seasonal changes than home pets, especially pups and elderly ones which are more sensitive than adult animals.

To find the best solution for your 4-legged friend it is very important to take into account all the recommendations listed below.

Changing fur (Moulting)

This phenomenon occurs to both dogs and cats, which are changing their hair in anticipation of winter.

The factor that triggers moulting is not the change in temperature, as one might commonly think, but the amount of hours of light compared to those of darkness your pet is exposed to. Therefore,  dogs and cats living outdoors have a more regular and shorter moult than those living indoors.

Compared to the spring moulting, in autumn they lose less hair because they take off the summer coat, which is lighter than the winter one. In this season the amount of hair ingested with licking increases for the cat: larger hair balls that are difficult to remove may form.

To help the moulting – and to avoid having the excess hair spread across all over your house – it is advisable to brush them frequently to remove the dead hair and let the new hair breathe.

Illnesses

The first wave of cold can cause joint pain or discomfort to the respiratory and intestinal systems with episodes of colds and diarrhea. Illnesses in point of fact are even more frequent in the autumn than in the winter because dogs and cats suffer a lot from sudden changes in temperature.

To prevent these problems, it is advisable not to take dogs and cats out during the coldest hours and possibly support the physiological decline of the immune system with supplements discussed with your vet.

On the other hand, it is not even necessary to exaggerate with your measures because the first wave of cold weather prepares the body for the winter cold and makes it more resistant, so we recommend that you do not give up completely on going out, but definitely do not do it in the coldest parts of the day.

Nutrition

Lowering temperatures leads to a higher consumption of calories and therefore requires a greater food intake. Energy requirements vary especially for dogs and cats who spend a lot of time outdoors and need sparenutrients to cope with the cold.

However, you should always be careful not to exaggerate as dogs and cats tend to get lazy in the cold and reduce physical activity.

We recommend feeding your cat anti hairball products to help hair ball prevention, so that it is less annoying.

In the cold, we recommend having your pets eat in a sheltered place, possibly inside the house, to avoid unpleasant and harmful congestion.

Paying attention to these small things in autumn will help us prepare our pets for the winter as well.