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6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Pup for Fall

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Vacation is over, kids are back in school, and temperatures will soon begin to drop.

  6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Pup for Fall While September and October are usually mild, it is still a great time to prepare your dog for the cool weather to come. Here are six tips to help your dog transition smoothly, happily, and warmly from summer to fall.

6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Dog for Fall

1. Grooming, Out With the Old in With the New

  If your dog requires professional grooming, September is a great month for a quick trim. Get rid of the summer fluff before it gets cold and your dog needs extra winter fluff. Some dogs also naturally shed their summer coat in preparation for their winter coat. Brush daily or weekly as needed.

2. Water, Yes, Please

  Just because it is not as hot outside doesn't mean your dog needs less water. Dogs need water to stay healthy and hydrated all year long.

3. Beds, Blankets, and Sweaters, Oh My

  September is a great time to assess your dog's winter wares and fill in the gaps where needed. Wash doggie sweaters, blankets, and winter beds. Some breeds (in some states) may even need sweaters or extra blankets starting in October.

4. Fleas and Ticks, They Are Still Here!

  Flea and tick season can last into late fall, which is why so many vets recommend year round protection. Fall is also the time when mice and other critters, (who carry all kinds of creepy crawly things) start looking for some place warm to spend the winter. Make sure your dog is protected from all unwanted guests.

5. Heat Vents and Air Ducts. Need Love (And Cleaning), too

  If you have forced air, get your vents and ducts vacuumed out in September to avoid the last minute winter rush. Annual cleaning removes allergens, dust and fur, which often accumulate big time in vents and ducts. While you are at it, replace the filter on your furnace. You and your dog will both benefit and breathe easier.

6. Holiday Travel, Plan Ahead

  It's never too early to plan for the holidays and book a pet sitter if you need one. Whether your dog loves hiking in the woods, swimming in the lake, or even napping in the shade, be sure to plan a few end-of-summer adventures that you will both enjoy. Make it fun, memorable and fabulous! Have some other tips? Please share in the comments below. Prepare Your Pup for Fall and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

kristin averyKristin Avery

Kristin Avery is a writer and photographer with an extensive background in philanthropy and a life-long passion for animal welfare. Her blog, The Daily Pip, is an award-winning, lifestyle pet blog providing resources, support, and humor for rescue families. She was recently honored with two BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Social Media Awards this year: Best Cause Blog and Best Written Blog Post. Kristin received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied creative writing as well as installation and visual arts. After graduation, she was a founding member of Red Door Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter for cats, dogs, and rabbits in Chicago. She enjoys working with local Chicago shelters and also recently spent several days at Best Friends Animal Society volunteering at Quincy House with cats with severe special needs including paralysis. Through her blog and volunteer work, she encourages and advocates for rescue and adoption, especially for those animals considered less adoptable. She currently shares her home with one dog, one rabbit, two cats, a husband and 10-year-old daughter.

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