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Autumn, osteoarthritis, change of time, moulting and parasites annoy the life of our pets.


The arrival of the shorter, cooler days of autumn is causing armies of parasites to shelter. Instinctively, they hurry to take refuge in our homes and seek the warmth of our dogs and cats. Moreover with the changes of Mother Nature, we must not forget that moulting, skin diseases and joint problems are aggravated. In addition, for our more anxious pets, the change of time disturbs their tranquility and is one of the elements not to be neglected to avoid stress.



Contrary to what one might think, fleas and ticks remain very present in autumn. Our animals transport them inside our homes and with the warmth of our heaters, the eggs laid on the fabrics and the hardwood floors are multiplying so fast. This is the time when reproduction is the most important and unfortunately, it takes place in our homes. It is therefore recommended to continue pest control on our cats and dogs as well as in our home until the arrival of permanent snow. Ringworm, a skin disease caused by a microscopic fungus, develops mainly in the fall. The symptoms are a loss of plaque hair with crusted skin lesions. The veterinarian can prescribe medication to treat your pet. Be careful when your pet has ringworm because it is transmitted to humans by simple contact.



With cooler days the undercoat of our cats and dogs, to adapt to the winter season, is reactive. That’s why our animals lose more hair. Cats, with their tongue full of asperities, swallow more than the dogs during their toilet which leads them to vomit balls of hair. Too many of these can contribute to the occlusion of the stomach and intestines. The daily combing and the administration of a supplement such as Hair Loss, facilitates their natural evacuation. Like our leafy trees, temperature and light also influence hair loss. Depending on the breed, but also the place and way of life of the animal, the fall will be more or less important. This one will extend over a more or less long period.

For our older animals with joint disorders, autumn is synonymous with pain crises caused by moisture and cold. They can be helped by keeping them warm with appropriate clothing and adequate food to help them get through it. We can also supplement the diet with collagen and Omega 3.



Stress that affects our dogs more than our cats is the change of time. Indeed, dogs being more routine perceive more easily the change of routine. If your dog is sensitive to time changes, he will have the following symptoms::

  • Starts to limp, especially after a long nap or rest period;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Moves less and less;
  • Seems to have difficulty chewing;
  • Seems less motivated to play or exercise.

For a smooth transition, gradually adapt a few days before the time change activities, a few minutes per day to avoid psychological and physiological stress.



Fall brings colours, but also important environmental changes for us and for our animals. It is possible to live the transition positively with these few preventive solutions.


 © Martine Lavallée B.A.A. and Animal Health Technician

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