How to keep your pets happy, healthy and safe during Halloween, Bonfire Night and Autumn

Watch our video with Steve Backshall and vet Paul Manktelow to get clued up

With autumn here and the summer temperatures long gone, it’s a great time to get outside with your dog for some long and enjoyable walks through the falling leaves, ahead of winter.

But while many pet owners love this time of year, there are also a few challenges in autumn when it comes to making sure your pets are happy, healthy and safe.

Even though many of us love getting outside as the weather changes, the colder days and longer nights can mean our pets are inside more during the autumn months, getting less exercise than they did in summer, and therefore their diets may need to change to reflect their activity levels.

Pet owners also need to consider two of the biggest events in autumn – Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Many animals find fireworks very unsettling and even frightening, while Halloween can present all sorts of challenges; from dogs getting into all the sweets and chocolate lying around the house, to the constant door knocking and bell ringing of trick or treaters, which can cause over-excitement in even the most placid dogs.

For advice on how to keep your pets happy in autumn, watch our video where Steve Backshall and vet Paul Manktelow give you plenty of tips.