Fall is around the corner

Fewer flea eggs in the fall will result in fewer fleas in the spring. Keeping the pressure on the adult flea all year long is the key. Fleas have four life stages like all insects. The adult flea lives on the host and each flea can lay 50 eggs per day. Take advantage of the cooler weather and don’t allow even one flea to build up eggs in the house and yard.  That is why we encourage Frontline Plus year round. The end of summer marks the beginning of the fall allergy season. The dry, windy conditions and the pollen from grass and weeds this time of year result in many itchy pets. Check out our article on itchy pets for great information
Rats and mice will be trying to find their winter home this time of year. Summer is coming to an end and they will want to be warm. Because of that many rodent poising are being put out.

Avoid accidental poisoning. 
Many people will put mouse and rat bait in the garage or attic when the weather cools. Even if you don’t, your neighbor might. 

Rodent poison is highly toxic even in small amounts and can lead to bleeding and may result in death days after ingestion.  Rats will often carry the bait from one location to another and drop it as they walk the power lines and fences, exposing pets in your yard. Check your outside pet area for any sign of this poison.  Most rodent poison will have a blue green color. 

Fall weather brings out the Hunters. This is the time of year that Hunters are preparing for hunting season. Some things to keep in mind to help prepare your hunting partner.

 1.  Check your dog’s weight.
 This is crucial in many ways. An overweight dog can’t perform its best in the field and could get itself in trouble with overexertion.  A crash diet isn’t the best answer. Rather reduce your dog’s weight slowly. Bring your pet in at anytime to get an accurate weight and some tips on how to reduce weight.

   2.  Check your dog’s health.
 Lingering parasites that don’t cause problems normally could become issues when your dog is stressed. At a minimum, get a stool sample checked by your vet for parasites. This should be done before and after hunting season.

 3.  Start a conditioning program.
 It takes a good 6 – 8 weeks of regular exercise to get a dog in top-notch shape. Start slowly with moderate exercise and progress to more strenuous routines as the dog improves.  Conditioning your dog in the cooler part of the day will provide the most benefit.

 4.  Make time for training sessions.
Schedule training sessions to tune-up your dog on obedience and bird work. Expect your dog to be a little rusty. Don’t try to get all the training done in one or two sessions. Short sessions spread over a period of time will give the best results—and keep your dog happy and motivated, too!

 5.  Check your pet’s information
Even though your pet is use to being out and about during hunting season, your pet is still that, a pet. Make sure your pets tags are all up to date with current information such as name, address and phone number.  You should also consider having your pet micro chipped just in case the gun shots scare him off. Also remember that you wear orange while hunting for a reason, your pet should wear the same color so other hunter will not mistake him for another animal.