Autumn in Bend, Oregon is a great time of year! However, although fall is a beautiful season, it also comes with its own set of challenges when it comes to caring for your pets. Here are some pet care tips to help keep your furry friends happy and healthy during this time of year.

Provide Adequate Shelter

As the weather gets cooler and wetter, make sure your pets have a warm and dry place to take shelter. If your pets are outdoors, ensure they have access to a weatherproof shelter, like a well-insulated doghouse, and consider bringing smaller pets indoors.

Adjust Feeding

Some pets may require more calories in the fall to stay warm, while others might be less active. Monitor your pet’s weight and adjust their food portions accordingly. Consult with your Bend veterinarian for guidance on the right diet for your pet during this season.

Beware of Toxic Plants

Many plants shed their leaves in the fall, and some of these can be toxic to pets if ingested. Be cautious of where your pet roams and be aware of any toxic plants in your yard or nearby areas.

Regular Grooming

Fall often means shedding for many pets, especially those with thick fur. Brushing your pet regularly can help reduce shedding and prevent matting. It also provides an opportunity to check for ticks or fleas that might be more active during the fall months.

Keep Pets Warm on Walks

If you take your dog for walks, consider investing in a dog sweater or jacket to keep them warm in colder weather. Remember that smaller or short-haired breeds may be more susceptible to cold temperatures.

Watch for Seasonal Allergies

Just like humans, pets can develop seasonal allergies. If you notice signs of allergies such as excessive itching, sneezing, or watery eyes, consult your veterinarian for treatment options.

Be Cautious with Antifreeze

Antifreeze is commonly used in the fall to prepare vehicles for winter. It’s also highly toxic to pets, and even a small amount can be fatal. Ensure that any spills are cleaned up immediately, and store antifreeze out of your pet’s reach.

Maintain Regular Vet Visits

Fall is an excellent time to schedule a check-up with your veterinarian. We can ensure your pet is healthy and up to date on vaccinations, and discuss any specific concerns related to the season.

Provide Mental Stimulation

As the days get shorter, your pet may spend more time indoors. Ensure they have plenty of toys and mental stimulation to prevent boredom.

Prepare for Halloween

If you have a pet, particularly a dog, that gets anxious or aggressive around strangers or loud noises, consider how you’ll manage them during Halloween when there are often costumes, decorations, and trick-or-treaters. Keep pets in a quiet, secure area if necessary.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your pets stay healthy and safe during the fall season. Remember that each pet is unique, so be attentive to their individual needs and consult us if you have any specific concerns.


corgi dog with halloween witch hat sitting in leaves outside next to miniature jack o lantern