The leaves are starting to change and the temperature is starting to drop. So how do you get your dog ready for fall? These basic tips will ensure that your dog has a safe, happy pumpkin-spice season.

Water – During the summer we remember to fill the water bowl frequently because it’s so hot outside. For the fall, keep the water bowl full as well. When the temperature drops keep an eye out on any outdoor water bowls to make sure they aren’t freezing over.

Bed – Wood and tile floors can get cold. Pull out the dog blankets and make a warm sleeping space for your dog. Wash and or change the blankets at least once a week.

Diet – Dogs use more energy keeping warm in colder weather. You may need to increase their food portions during fall and winter to help him keep warm.

Shedding – We tend to think that shedding is only a problem in the spring, but some dogs shed their summer coats in preparation for their winter coat. Brush daily or weekly as needed.

Flea/Tick – Summer isn’t the only time to worry about fleas and ticks. The flea and tick season can last into late fall. Many vets recommend year-round protection. Make sure your dog is covered.

Travel Prep – Finally, it’s never too early to line up a dog sitter for your holiday travel!