Last week marked the official beginning of fall. As cool fronts start to move in, pets will begin to feel the friskiness lower temperatures bring and will have a renewed love for running and playing outdoors. As the season changes, here are some fall pet tips to keep in mind:
SPEND TIME OUTDOORS: If the summer heat kept everyone cooped up indoors, now is a great time to get out and enjoy the cooler weather by going for a walk, visiting the dog park or playing fetch in the yard.
TEND TO GROOMING: This is the time of the year when pets will start to shed their summer coats to allow room for their winter coat. Frequent brushing during this time will help with the extra shedding.
ADDRESS FALL ALLERGIES: Humans are not the only ones who suffer from fall allergies. Pets can be just as susceptible as people. When a pet is itching more than usual, check with the vet to see whether allergies are the culprit.
MAINTAIN PREVENTION: The cooler weather does not mean it’s time to stop heartworm, flea and tick preventatives. In south Louisiana, we basically have a tropical climate, and it is crucial that all preventative medicines be given year-round.
SAVOR SEASONAL FLAVORS: Just as we love everything from pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes this time of year, dogs enjoy the taste of pumpkin, too. A dash of canned pumpkin added to your dog’s diet can help the digestive system, and the antioxidants and essential fatty acids in the seeds help promote healthy skin, fur and urinary health. Mix a tablespoon or two into a meal for a flavorful fall treat.
FUNDRAISING BATHS: On Wednesdays in October, $1 will be donated to Animal Rescue New Orleans for every bath at Pet Paradise Resort 45 E. Airline Highway, Kenner. For information, call (504) 467-5226.
ADOPTION EVENT: As part of National Adoption Weekend, the Jefferson SPCA will hold a dog-adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Petco, 3520 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART FOR ANIMALS: Animal Rescue New Orleans will be the beneficiary of Art for Animals, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, during Art for Art’s Sake, at Berta’s and Mina’s Antiquities Gallery, 4138 Magazine St., New Orleans. The event will feature food, wine, music and adoptable dogs. For information, email email@example.com.
ART FOR ARF’S SAKE: The Louisiana SPCA will be the beneficiary of Art for Arf’s Sake from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, during Art for Art’s Sake, at the NO Fleas Market, 4228 Magazine St. There will be treats for the pooches and a 50-50 raffle. For information visit www.facebook.com/NOFleasMarket or www.la-spca.org or call (504) 324-4727.
ADOPTION EVENT: The Louisiana SPCA will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at West Elm, 2929 Magazine St., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org/offsite.
ADOPTION EVENT: The Louisiana SPCA will hold an adoption event during the pet blessing at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3, 1313 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org/offsite.
ADOPTION EVENT: The Louisiana SPCA will hold an adoption event during the pet blessing at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2216 Metairie Road, Metairie. For information, call (504) 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org/offsite.
BARK AFTER DARK: The Riverlands Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold its Bark After Dark fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Petra, 1036 W. Airline Highway, LaPlace. The cost is $50, for an event featuring music from Secondhand Alibi, food, a silent auction and balloon blast. The RSPCA is a 501c3 animal welfare organization. For information, leave a message at (985) 652-SPCA or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact information to email@example.com.
Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.animalrescueneworleans.org or call its recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.