4 Autumn Dangers For Cats And Dogs That Every Pet Lover Should Know

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As every season changes, so do the issues your pet can face. In summer, the heat and parasites are the main problems for your little fur ball, but autumn brings other dangers.

 

Here are 4 of the most common problems so that you can protect your four-legged friends this autumn.

 

1. Ringworm

 Source: Clinique vétérinaire Armonia

 

Ringworm is a type of fungal infection that feeds on keratin (a substance found in human hair and animal fur), develops on the skin and leaves ring-shaped patches. It's an extremely contagious illness for both animals and humans, but is luckily not dangerous – only uncomfortable.

 

Ringworm can be caught through contact with infected animals and through spores in the air. It can be easily spotted by a vet, but treatment may take several weeks.

 

If you think your pet might have ringworm, you should take them to a veterinarian immediately, so that they can be treated and cured as soon as possible.

 

2. Osteoarthritis

 Source: Bouvier-Suisse

 

Because of the humidity and falling temperature, our four-legged friends can start to show signs of joint problems in autumn. Experts estimate the 1 in 5 dogs are affected by Osteoarthritis.

 

The symptoms are luckily quite easy to spot: difficulty walking or getting to their feet, limping and difficulty using the stairs, among other things. Although there isn't a cure for Osteoarthritis, there are plenty of treatments and things you can do to make sure that your pet is in as little pain as possible, as well as improve their quality of life.

 

3. Ticks

Source: Vvcofhamburg

 

Like in spring, in autumn forests and woodland can be filled with nasty bugs and parasites that would love to hitch a ride with your pet. As well as being horrendously itchy, ticks can also carry some dangerous diseases.

 

There are many ways you can get rid of ticks, although you must never try to just pull it out as that can leave the head under your pet's skin. For more on how to get rid of ticks, you can read our article on that subject here.

 

4. Hairballs

 Source: Mystère naturel

 

Both cats and dogs might grow a winter coat to help them cope with colder weather. However, this practical trick can have unforeseen consequences.

 

As cats and dogs use their tongues to clean themselves, this can lead to hairballs developing in their stomachs, after they accidentally swallow their own fur. Animals will usually throw these up, but some fur might stay in their stomach and cause damage to their digestive system.

 

To avoid this, you should brush your pet regularly, depending on how long their fur is, as well as inspect their mouths to see if they have any fur caught there.

 

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