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Is Your Small Breed Dog Fit And Healthy Going Into Autumn?

Updated: Feb 21

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Elevating Your Dog's Well-being in the Autumn Season

As the splendid hues of autumn paint the world and the remnants of late summer linger in the air, we're reminded of the approaching winter. This transition can bring about skin and joint concerns for some dogs.

At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, we recognise the importance of this Autumn season in caring for our cherished small breed dog companions.

Seasonal Changes, Unique Needs

The cooler temperatures, wetter surroundings, and brisk winds in Autumn can lead to drier skin and coats, as well as stiffer joints in our small breed dogs.

Autumn marks the opportune moment to consider introducing supplements to your dog's diet, offering that extra boost they might require.


"Some dogs grow thick furry coats all year round, so as the weather gets colder, consider letting your dog's fur grow longer to give them added protection. Some shorter-haired breeds and puppies may need a little bit of help staying warm and so would need to wear a coat in colder weather." Dogs Trust


Harnessing the Power of Supplements

Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils stand as remarkable remedies for itchy skin.

The green-lipped mussel, renowned for its efficacy in alleviating stiffness and arthritis, can also be a game-changer.

Prominent brands like Lintbells offer an array of options. Delve into the world of supplements to ascertain if they align with your dog's needs in autumn.

Holistic Care for a Radiant Coat

To combat the effects of the autumn season, a multifaceted approach is paramount.

Regularly brushing your dog's coat not only removes dead hair but also distributes natural coat oils, fostering a glossy sheen.

Incorporating oily fish into their dog food diet contributes to coat shine; options like tuna, sardines, and salmon are replete with vital Omega 3 oils.

Vigorous Movement and Care

Adequate dog walks and exercise is essential to a dog's well-being in autumn.

A fit dog is a healthy dog, brimming with vitality and vigour.

For moments when itchy skin becomes a concern, a gentle moisturising shampoo can provide relief.

Embrace alternative therapies like massage and water therapy to ease stiff joints and arthritis, ensuring your pup's comfort.

Embrace the Season

As autumn unfolds, revel in the great outdoors with your furry family member.

Amidst the joyful play and exploration, ensure they receive the utmost care.

At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, where small dog breed and toy dog breed VIP guests find a haven, we emphasise the well-being of your canine family members.

Whether embarking on doggy holidays or simply enjoying the companionship of your dogs, the holistic approach to care ensures their happiness and health. As autumn brings its tapestry of colours, let it also be a season of vitality for your dogs.

With thoughtful care and enriching supplements, your loyal companions will thrive in the splendours of the season.

How can I ensure my small breed dog is fit and healthy going into Autumn?

Ensuring your small breed dog's fitness and health in Autumn involves a combination of regular exercise, a balanced diet, and preventive healthcare.

Playtime or regular walks are exemplary forms of exercise that can help keep your dog healthy and active.

Equally important is a balanced nourishment regime that fits your dog's nutritional demands.

Preventive healthcare includes regular vet check-ups, vaccinations, and parasite control.

It's also important to be aware of the seasonal dangers that Autumn can bring, such as toxic plants and colder temperatures, and take necessary precautions.

What are the common health issues in small breed dogs during Autumn?

Small breed dogs can face several health issues during Autumn. These include exposure to toxic plants like acorns and mushrooms and risks associated with colder temperatures.

Fleas and ticks can still be a problem in Autumn, so it's essential to continue with your dog's regular flea and tick prevention routine.

Additionally, changes in weather and daylight hours can affect your dog's behaviour and mood.

How can I maintain my small breed dog's fitness in Autumn?

Maintaining your small breed dog's fitness in Autumn involves regular exercise and mental stimulation.

Daily walks are a great way to keep your dog physically active.

Mental stimulation can be provided through play sessions, training exercises, and interactive toys.

For the comfort and safety of your dog, it's also important to modify their activity regimen in accordance with the weather.

Are there specific diets that can help maintain my small breed dog's health during Autumn?

There isn't a particular Autumn diet for small breed dogs.

Still, a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for their overall health. Small breed dogs have specific dietary requirements due to their size.

They require more calories per pound compared to larger dogs. It's also important to feed them smaller kibbles that are easier to eat and digest.

To find the ideal diet for your dog, consider factors including age, breed, size, and overall health. Always speak with your veterinarian.

How often should I schedule health check-ups for my small breed dog in Autumn?

It is essential to get routine checkups for your dog's health.

It's recommended to schedule a vet appointment for your dog at least once a year and more frequently if they have special medical needs.

However, you should make an appointment for a medical visit immediately if your dog exhibits any symptoms of disease or pain.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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