Fall is almost here in South Carolina! As the coolness returns to the morning air, many of us breathe a sigh of relief that the summer is nearly behind us. As the weather slowly starts to change there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to your dogs!
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes never go away in South Carolina – Just because you don’t see as many mosquitoes buzzing around you as you grill out on the back porch doesn’t mean they’re gone. Make sure you’re just as diligent with your flea and tick prevention routine in the fall as you were in the heat of summer. Ditto for the heart worm treatment too. They’re a year round problem in the South.
Increased shedding means more brushing – Some types of dogs start to shed in the fall as they get rid of their summer coats and begin growing their winter coats. If this is the case with your dog, make sure you brush much more often. Your dog will appreciate it and so will your sofa!
Boost up the bedding – Temperatures start to drop much more sharply in the evening during the fall months. Dogs typically sleep on the floor where it may be cooler. Some even sleep outside. Make sure your dog has additional bedding to stay warm at night as the temperature starts to dip.
Don’t neglect your dog when things get busy – For many of us fall is one of the most busy times of year. It’s football season, there’s holidays approaching, the kids are back in school, etc. Make sure your dog isn’t lost in the shuffle. Make time to walk your dog each day. The weather is likely the best it will be all year for getting outdoors. Take advantage of it and spend some quality time with your dog.