Kitten & Puppy

Fall/Winter Checklist - Do You & Your Pet Have Everything?

Chronic conditions become dominant in the fall and can linger into winter. These “chronic” issues are not easily treated and respond more to preventative and herbal therapy than waiting for the issues to arise and using chemical drug therapy to control.


Most of us have this issue – itchy eyes that cause rubbing, bronchitis, scratchy skin, and excessive fall shedding all result from fall pollen allergies. The therapy is to get the allergen off the skin. Use a hypoallergenic shampoo, once a week at first and then a spray like VET BASICS® ChlorConazole on the tummy between baths. NaturVet® Aller-911 Soft Chews are also a great all-natural supplement that gives support during the long allergy season.


Shedding is natural, but excessive shedding happens due to allergy irritations causing the pet to shed their summer coat quickly. Managing the shedding is best done before bath time by stripping the coat twice weekly with a stripping comb, like Millers Forge Deluxe Medium Tooth Comb or Dematting Comb especially on medium and long hair dogs and then washing their hair with a hypoallergenic shampoo. The allergies and the hair coat will also respond to Doc Roy's® Tri Omega 3 once a day. Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect and essential fatty acids encourage soft winter coat growth to replace the summer one.


Fall eyes are itchy and are rubbed excessively. They make thick tears to soothe resulting in eye junk accumulating on eye lids! Some dogs rub excessively and hair that already wants to shed is removed around the eyes. This is unsightly and an indication you will need to help with eye irritation! Vetericyn® Ophthalmic Gel or Artificial Tear Ointment daily will stop the itch and quiet the rubbing. Once under control, eyes should be treated before baths to prevent issues. Daily treatment can resume if rubbing and itching resumes.


Ears are an extension of the skin, so all the scratching and shedding often results in ear infections – usually yeast! VET BASICS® Ear Cleanser or Zymox® Otic with Hydrocortiosone before baths and daily when they start shaking will usually stop it. The ear cleanser acidifies the ear canal which bacteria and yeast hate. Cleaning takes care of minor issues, but do not hesitate to use VET BASICS® Medicated Ear Flush if you need treatment. Ear Cleaners should never hurt – if the one you have does, stop!! VET BASICS® Ear Cleanser is commonly used on puppies and will not hurt!


Cool nights and warm days bring on arthritis and cold is harder on joints, especially on our old active friends. Our goal is to keep them active and comfortable. It is time to start on Doc Roy's® Aches Away Stage II to increase the lube of the joint. This process works well, but takes 30 days to get the full effect and relief. If your pet is already limping, start them on Doc Roy's® Tri Omega 3 or Doc Roy's® Derma Coat Plus for 30 days to help the soreness. Keep them active with a short walk and use a jacket for your dog if you live in the colder environments. Going for walks keeps them active and keeps their weight under control. When it's time to rest, give them someplace warm to lay down, like the Lectro-Kennel Heated Pad & Cover or the Lectro-Soft Heated Outdoor Bed, both are great to ease the pain of sore joints.


Foot problems often happen from dogs limping, which causes them to walk on the sides of their pads. This causes the pads to either tear off or expose raw tissues under the pad. Both are very painful. We have learned from sled dogs that Doc Roy's® Aches Away and Doc Roy's® Tri Omega 3 at double doses for 2 weeks will cure this issue in the winter. You can also use a spray like VET BASICS® ChlorConazole to help with healing and Doc Roy's® Rescue Derm is ideal for promoting healing and eliminating the need to wrap their feet or put socks on again!


Dogs get bored, especially after all the activities of the summer. Winter is when you need to be sure that dogs have chew bones and toys to break up the routine. We often use treats before a walk to get them excited about going outside for exercise.

Winter is a great time of year for a dog if you get ready for it; it is closer than you think!

If you need help, call us at 1-800-786-4751.

-Dr. B
Don Bramlage, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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