Seasonal 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 to keeping animals safe and warm in autumn.

Keeping safe in the dark

Always wear reflective clothing to make yourself visible when walking near roads in the dark. And don't forget your pets! Fit your dog and cat with a reflective collar - but make sure only a quick release collar is used for a cat.

Watch out! Animals on the roads

Wild animals road warning sign © Crown copyright

We see more injured wild animals coming into our care, who have been involved in road traffic accidents, as the nights grow longer.

Road traffic accidents involving deer (PDF 604KB) 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.

What to do if you find an injured deer on the road?

Grey seal pups on the beach 

Seal pup at Each Winch Wildlife Centre © RSPCA

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 it's 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 become lost.

Fireworks and bonfires during the festive season

Build bonfires as close to time of lighting as possible, 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. 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 months can provide the perfect temperature for fleas. A house heated between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius can cause dormant flea pupae (cocoon type stage) to hatch into adults and create an ideal breeding ground.

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). The flea pupae like dark and 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 on how to get rid of fleas.

Bat alert!

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 must not disturb or harm them in any way. Find out more about bats and the law on

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