With shorter days and crisp nights it’s beginning to feel a lot like autumn has arrived. That means new warm walking boots and comfy jackets for you and these must have autumn dog essentials for your pup.
Keeping your pup cozy, comfy and looking good while things cool down is easy and will make your dog feel special too!
1. Jackets, Coats and Jumpers
Warm dog jackets, coats and jumpers all help preserve your pet’s core body heat on those chilly morning walks and is a must have autumn dog essential, especially for short haired dogs. We love the waterproof designs which helps protect them from a wet and mucky walk and through those brisk autumn winds.
2. Illuminated Collars, Leads and tags
We recommend that you boost your safety and visibility for both you and your pooch. With the shorter days your evenings walks often take place long after the sun has gone down. These products are excellent for alerting oncoming cars with your presence and can even let you spot your furry friend when he’s run off to chase that squirrel that he thought he saw.
3. Comfy Bed
After a cool and brisk day there is nothing better for your dog than a warm, comfortable bed. A dog bed allows your pet to have his own space and get a good night’s sleep. It also provides him with insulation from a cold hard floor and cushioned support for joints and bones.
4. Groom & De-Shed
You’ve probably noticed changes in your dogs coat as the seasons change. Dogs that have a coat that sheds will start their summer shed before winter, to grow a new thicker healthy coat ready for the colder weather.
Getting your dog groomed around this time to de-shed their summer coat will encourage the winter coat to grow, reducing the amount of loose hair found around the house and making the coat manageable during the colder and wetter months.
There’s a common misconception that dogs don’t need to be groomed, or only groomed minimally, over the autumn months. However it’s actually very important that the dead hair is removed otherwise skin conditions can occur.
And dogs that don’t shed like Cocka-poos and require clipping need to be groomed more often during colder months. You never want your dog to become so matted that your groomer has no choice but to clip your dog down to the skin when winter is right around the corner.
Having your dog clipped and brushed out regularly will let your dog keep a good length of coat that will keep them warm and that you can manage during the wet and muddy months.
5. Paw Care
It’s important to keep your dog’s feet in a well conditioned state. Keep the nails trim and make sure your dog’s fur around their paw pads are trimmed as well. The excess fur attracts seeds, little rocks and burrows that create severe discomfort and pain to your dog. The hair can also become matted which will hold moisture from the mud and the rain.
Stock up on a good paw balm to help keep your pet’s pads free of cracks and abrasions and request a paw trim or paw-pedicure that helps protect your pet while walking on cold surfaces on your next groom.
Bonus: Omega-3 Treats & Food!
Many dogs go through a second seasonal shed in the autumn to make room for their winter coats. Promote health and shine of the new growth with Omega-3 treats or dog food such as Beco’s Fish dog food or Green & Wilds Chicken Roll Bakes.
Your Autumn dog essential check list
- Get your dog groomed, and have his paws treated and trimmed.
- Find your dog’s inner personality with a fab jacket or jumper.
- Match it up with a reflective dog lead or blinking tag.
- Spruce up the lounge with a new and cozy dog bed.
- And of course a couple of tasty dog treats too!