Fall is such a wonderful time of year. Apple picking, cider, corn mazes, foliage and of course – big piles of leaves! Even though dogs may be drawn to attractive leaf piles like this, it’s very important to be aware that tick season is still upon us, and ticks love to hang out in those piles of leaves. Here are some tips to keep your pet tick-free this fall:
- Don’t let ticks cozy up. Eliminate their favorite environments, such as leaf and garden litter, where ticks can sometimes survive even into winter.
- Check for ticks frequently.
- Continue using tick control and repellent products, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors with your pet enjoying activities like hiking, camping, or hunting.
- Ask your veterinarian about regular screening for tick-borne infections. (The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends screening annually for tick-borne infections.)
[Learn about tick disease in your area.]
Fortunately, as long as you’re aware of parasites, and ready to protect your dog, leaves can be what they should be; fun! Speaking of fun, check out the cutest videos of dogs having too much fun in piles of leaves!
1. Puppy pile-jumper!
This little Australian Shepherd can’t decide if he wants to jump in the leaves, run around the leaves or chase a stick – and we can’t decide which part is the cutest!
Video from @ruxin_and_finnick.
2. Leaf digger
Adorable Boxer-Husky mix, Yeti sure seems to be searching for something! At least he looks like he’s having fun though!
Video from @attack_of_the_yeti.
3. Fun in slow-motion
Dogs playing in leaves are automatically cute, but when you put it slow-mo? It’s even better! Watch this beautiful Labrador Retriever try and catch all of the leaves at once.
Video from @danaallyse.
Want more slow-mo? Watch this amazing video of cats drinking water in slow-motion >>
4. Leaf pile, party of 3
Aren’t these three goofballs making you want to join in on the fun?
Video from @firelillycreations.
5. Tennis ball in a leaf pile
Fetch is even more fun! This dive-bombing Dalmatian will find the ball, no question!
Video from @elysemarie20.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.