Animal welfare advice for autumn

As temperatures drop and it gets dark earlier, we receive many calls about the welfare of pets and wildlife. Check out our top tips for keeping animals safe and warm in autumn.

Keeping pets safe in the dark

Just as you should always wear reflective clothing to make yourself visible when walking near roads in the dark, don't forget your pets! Fit your dog and cat with a reflective collar - but make sure you only use a quick release collar for a cat.

Animals on the roads

As the nights grow longer, we see more injured wild animals coming into our care who've been involved in road traffic accidents. Accidents involving deer are especially common during the rut, which can occur from mid-July to December (depending on the species).

Take note of warning signs, drive with extreme caution (especially early morning and evening) and report collisions with deer to the police.

Grey seal pups on the beach 

September to December is the breeding season for grey seals. Pups are born with a fluffy white coat and don't enter the sea for the first two to three weeks. Don't approach a seal pup on its own, or allow dogs or other animals to harass them, as they can give a nasty bite - and if a seal pup is scared into the water, it could be washed out to sea and get lost. 

Fireworks and bonfires during the festive season

If possible build bonfires close to the time of lighting, and check them thoroughly for animals before lighting. This can help save the lives of hedgehogs and other small animals.

Loud fireworks can be terrifying for animals, but there are things you can do to help them cope. Find out more about animals and fireworks.

Fleas in your home

Fleas are more commonly associated with the summer months, but did you know your home can provide the perfect breeding ground in autumn? Turning up your heating in the autumn to between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius can cause dormant flea pupae to hatch into adults.

It's important to treat your pet for fleas regularly all year round, as even if there's no signs of fleas in your home your pet may have a chance to catch them. Our FleaAway treatment will protect your pets from fleas, but make sure you also treat your home with a household flea spray (follow the instructions carefully). Flea pupae like dark, warm spots, so make sure you treat all floors, under sofas and beds and even spray a small amount in your hoover.

Find out more about how to get rid of fleas.

Hibernating bats

Bats look for suitable hibernation sites around October. Pipistrelles are the most likely to roost in buildings during winter. Bats and their roosts are protected by law in the UK - so you mustn't disturb or harm them in any way. Find out more about bats and the law.

Follow the links below for more seasonal advice on keeping animals safe and happy at different times of year.

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