It is officially fall in the beautiful city of Seattle and state of Washington! Being originally from Southern California, we always fluctuated between spring and summer all year long. This will be our second fall in Seattle and I have to admit that Seattle is one of the most beautiful places to see fall in action. The leaves turning colors, pumpkin spice latte wafting in the air, and one last hoorah bundled up in the sun before winter moves in.
One of Charlie’s favorite activities is to chase the leaves that move swiftly pass him during his potty breaks. He picks it up in his mouth, tears it up with such fervor, and moves on. It looks like he finds utter delight in this activity. We are sure your puppy has some favorite fall activities as well! But, here are some things not to forget as we embrace the falling of leaves and the need for all things pumpkin and orange:
1. Now that all those pesky summer bugs are going somewhere warmer, we still need to make sure we keep up with our flea routine. Whatever it is you use, be it Heart Guard and Frontline, Advantix, etc., do not be fooled thinking that your pup is free from these pesky critters.
2. As always, be up to date with vaccinations. New seasons bring new threats. Please check your vet for more medically sound advice.
3. As the weather gets colder, sometimes we would rather wrap ourselves in a blanket and head to our soft beds for a night’s slumber without bathing as much as we did in the summer. However, our pets, especially those who sleep with us, still need baths as they can track in seasonal bugs, dirt, and grime that could possibly be harmful to everyone in dreamland. (think bedbugs, bugs, ringworm).
4. For smaller (e.g., Charlie) and leaner (e.g., Greyhounds) dogs, remember if you are feeling chilly, they are probably a tad chilly themselves. Be mindful of putting on a thin sweater or thick t-shirt for your pet as the temperature drops.
5. Lastly, we look forward to spring-cleaning, but after a summer of having our windows open and letting the fresh air into our homes, we should consider checking the ventilation and maybe dust and debris that has collected near our windows sills. Our pets like to look out the window, breathing the dust, and possibly experiencing allergies just like their moms and dads. More importantly, soon, we will be turning on our heaters and making sure the vents are clean and clear is more of a safety issue as to prevent possible fires or smoke while our fur babies are guarding our castle.
If you have any other tips you would like to share, please comment below or send me an email and I can update my tips list! Happy fall, Seattle!