As the leaves change colors and a crispness fills the air, November brings a delightful charm that both humans and pets can appreciate. This month is an ideal time for pet owners to embrace the coziness and ensure their furry companions receive the extra care and attention they deserve. In this blog post, we will explore the unique aspects of November pet care and provide valuable tips to keep our beloved pets happy and healthy during this special time of year.
1. Embracing Seasonal Comfort:
During November, our pets seek warmth and comfort just as we do. Create cozy spaces in your home where your pet can curl up and relax. Consider providing soft blankets or pet beds near a sunny window or by a fireplace. This will not only keep them snug but also provide a sense of security during colder days. Remember to keep the temperature inside your home comfortable for your pet’s well-being.
Small dogs and cats seem to like the donut-style beds as they can cuddle in and feel enclosed. Larger dogs seem to like to like orthopedic-type beds with bolster sides. Each dog is very different and will usually choose a bed they like, sometimes it is yours.
2. Navigating Outdoor Adventures:
While the weather may be cooler, November still offers opportunities for outdoor adventures with your pet. Take advantage of the vibrant autumn scenery and enjoy leisurely walks in parks or nature trails. However, it’s essential to ensure your pet is protected from the elements. Consider investing in a warm and waterproof coat or sweater for them, especially if they have short fur or are sensitive to the cold. Additionally, be mindful of shorter daylight hours and plan your outings accordingly.
When choosing a coat, it is a good idea to try different styles. Some dogs may like Pajamas, others may like something a little bigger, and some may be comfortable with one fabric and not like another.
Another thing to consider is how cold is too cold to go outside. Here is a great article from Fetch Pet Insurance with an easy-to-read chart for you to refer to about going outside.
3. Nourishing Seasonal Diets:
Just like humans, pets can benefit from seasonal ingredients and flavors. November offers an array of nutritious options that can enhance their diet. Consider adding small amounts of cooked, boneless turkey to their meals during Thanksgiving, as long as it is free from seasonings and without the skin. Pumpkin, a popular fall ingredient, can also be a beneficial addition to their diet, as it aids digestion and provides essential nutrients. However, always consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods.
Cranberries are another treat you can give your dog. To help with boredom, freeze your treats so they will last longer.
4. Maintaining Exercise Regimens:
As the weather cools down, it’s important to adapt your pet’s exercise routine accordingly. Engage in indoor activities, such as interactive play sessions or puzzle toys, to keep your pet mentally stimulated and physically active. If weather permits, outdoor activities like brisk walks or games of fetch can still be enjoyed. Remember to adjust the duration and intensity of exercise based on your pet’s age, breed, and overall health.
If you want to try some dog sports during this time of the year consider Barn Hunting by contacting Jan Huff at [email protected]. This sport is where your dog identifies rats in tubes hidden among hay bales and tunnels. Your dog does not have to be experienced at all to try, they will teach you. Other sports to try include Canicross, Bike Jorring, and Urban Mushing. These sports involve running, biking, or riding a cart with your dog running. If you are interested in these sports go to Urban Mushing DMV or contact Mariah or Kirsti at [email protected].
5. Holiday Safety Precautions:
November brings along the excitement of upcoming holidays, but certain festivities can pose risks to our pets. Be mindful of decorations, such as candles or electrical cords, which can be hazardous if chewed or knocked over. Keep tempting holiday foods out of reach, as some ingredients, like chocolate or onions, can be toxic to pets. If hosting guests, ensure they are aware of your pet’s needs and any rules you have established to maintain their safety and well-being.
6. Pet Care for Vacations
Currently, there is a Canine Respiratory Virus going around and veterinarians are recommending that dogs should not attend daycare, boarding facilities, dog parks, and even grooming while this virus is prevalent. If your dog develops a cough, especially after going to any of the previously mentioned places, seek veterinary care immediately. This disease is turning into pneumonia in some dogs and has been fatal.
If you are planning on traveling this holiday season and you currently have boarding plans but would prefer to leave your pets at home, please call us at 443-343-0137, email us at [email protected] or go to Contact Us and fill out our form here and we will be in contact with you to help you with your holiday plans.
November presents a wonderful opportunity to deepen the bond with our furry companions and ensure their well-being during the cozy season. By embracing seasonal comfort, navigating outdoor adventures with care, nourishing them with seasonal diets, maintaining exercise regimens, and taking holiday safety precautions, we can provide the love and attention our pets deserve. Let’s cherish this November as we create warm memories with our beloved four-legged friends.