Seasonal Changes with Pets



Seasonal Changes with Pets

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Dr. Monick

Essential Takeaways

Pets are affected by seasons too!
Daylight Hours, Weather, Energy, Diet, Hydration and Decorations are all things to keep an eye on during the Fall season.

While they may not have the same Pumpkin Spice Latte craze as humans do, pet's definitely feel the seasons change and can be affected by certain elements that come along with the transition. Here are a few things to watch out for with your Cats and Dogs as we say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall..


Some dogs may require a change in diet during colder months, as their energy needs can fluctuate. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate type and amount of food for your dog's specific needs.

Flea and Tick Prevention:

Even in colder months, fleas and ticks can still be active. Continue with preventive measures and regularly check your dog for any signs of infestation.


Be cautious during holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, as some decorations, foods, or substances can be harmful to dogs. Keep chocolate, turkey bones, and toxic plants out of their reach, and be aware of hazards during festive celebrations (specifically decorations that may be enticing for your dog to chew or eat).


Cats are sensitive to temperature changes. During the transition from summer to fall, ensure your cat has a comfortable and warm place to rest. In the colder months, consider providing cozy bedding and maybe even a pet-safe heated pad in their favorite spot.

Daylight Hours:
Cats are sensitive to changes in daylight hours, which can affect their activity levels and behavior. Be prepared for shifts in your cat's daily routines as daylight decreases. Provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation to keep them active and engaged.


In colder weather, cats may be less inclined to drink water. Ensure your cat has access to fresh water at all times, and consider adding wet food to their diet to increase moisture intake.

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