We still have lots of warm days left in the summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for those fall days ahead. And it gives you a good reason to get out and enjoy the sunshine.
How do I prep my dog and my yard for the fall?
Preparing your dog and your yard for the fall can help ensure that your pet stays happy and healthy during the upcoming season. Here are some tips to consider:
- Groom your dog: As the weather cools down, dogs tend to grow thicker coats. It’s important to regularly groom your dog to remove excess fur and prevent matting. This will help keep your dog comfortable and reduce the risk of skin irritation and infections.
- Schedule a vet check-up: The fall season can bring new health risks for your dog, such as allergies and arthritis. Scheduling a check-up with your vet can help catch any potential issues early and ensure your dog stays healthy throughout the season.
- Clean up your yard: As the leaves start to fall, it’s important to keep your yard clear of debris that can become hazardous to your pet. Clean up fallen branches or leaves and remove potential hazards, such as sharp objects or toxic plants.
- Protect against pests: Fall is also a time when pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes become more active. Protect your dog by using flea and tick preventatives and considering mosquito repellents.
- Adjust your dog’s diet: As the weather cools down, your dog may require more calories to maintain its body temperature. Consult your vet to see if you should adjust your dog’s diet.
Fall clean-up is a good time to address the accumulation of dog poop in your yard. Here are some tips for cleaning up dog poop in the fall:
- Use a pooper scooper: Invest in a good pooper scooper to make the task of cleaning up after your dog easier and more hygienic. Scoop up the poop and dispose of it properly in a sealed bag.
- Consider composting: If you have a compost bin, you can add your dog’s poop to it. However, it’s important to do your research first and make sure that your compost bin can handle pet waste without causing any health risks.
- Hire a pet waste removal service: If you don’t have the time or inclination to clean up your yard regularly, consider hiring a pet waste removal service like Poop Genie and we will do it for you.
- Keep a regular cleaning schedule: It’s important to clean up dog poop regularly to prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria and parasites. Aim to clean up at least once a week or more frequently if you have multiple dogs.
By taking these steps, you can keep your yard clean and safe for your pets and family during the fall season.
Doesn’t my dog’s poop just get covered up by the snow in the winter?
While snow can cover up your dog’s poop in the winter, it’s still important to clean it up for several reasons:
1. Environmental impact: When dog poop is left on the ground, it can wash into nearby water sources, such as rivers and lakes, and contribute to water pollution. This can harm aquatic life and make the water unsafe for recreational activities.
2. Health risks: Dog poop can contain harmful bacteria and parasites that can survive in the soil for months, even in the winter. These pathogens can make humans and other animals sick if they come into contact with contaminated soil or water.
3. Aesthetics: Letting dog poop accumulate in your yard can create an unpleasant odor and an unsightly appearance, even if it’s covered up by snow.
So, even if it’s more challenging to clean up your dog’s poop in the winter due to snow, it’s still important to do so for the health and safety of your family, pets, and the environment.