Autumn tips for pets

The days are getting shorter and shorter as we enter autumn and approach winter time. Throughout these seasons, there are a number of new concerns that arise for our pets.

Walking your dog in the dark

  • When out walking, take a torch with you or wear a headlamp.
  • Wear light coloured clothing and something reflective on you and your dog so vehicles can see you both.
  • It is best not to let your dog off the lead unless they recall very well.
  • Your dog may feel more vulnerable in the dark and may get scared more easily and therefore may act defensively.
  • Try exercising your dogs in the other ways, including teaching them new tricks or playing games inside.

Cats in the darker nights

Many cats enjoy being outside in the dark; they are nocturnal creatures and are capable of looking after themselves as they have good eyesight at night and are adapted to hunting at dusk and dawn. In a lot of cases, cats are happy to stay outside in the dark and it can be less stressful for them and for you to stay out. If you are worried about road traffic accidents, it is a good idea to get them a reflective collar so they are more visible. Also, ensure that they are microchipped and that the details are up to date. In case anything should happen, you will be contactable.

Rabbits in the winter

Outdoor rabbits: If you’d like to bring your rabbits inside in the colder months, make the change to inside gradually so that they don’t get stressed. Once inside, the rabbits will need to have a dark place to hide. If you choose to keep your rabbit outside, and they have a run, be aware that as food becomes scarce, predators may be on the prowl; repair any broken wires and ensure your rabbit can’t dig holes to get out. It could be worth considering bringing them in at night, but if you do this, make sure they have a warm and dry space with plenty of room to run and jump (perhaps a garden shed).