Monsoons can mean infections and ticks for pets. From taking care of their diet to making them feel safe, here are some tips to take care of pets during monsoons:
PAY MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR PET'S DIET
Dr Sonal Rane, a veterinarian, says, "Include more warm and meat-based soups in your pet's diet during monsoons. Avoid feeding cucumbers, curd and watermelon.Opt for a diet that includes healthy fatty acids like Omega 3, 6 and 9. Oils like fish oil, hemp seed oil and olive oil have plenty of coat strengthening properties.Give only filtered water to your pets as tap water can be highly infected and can act as a mode of transmission of disease. Do not let your pets lick or consume water from the potholes.”
YOUR FURRY BUDDY'S COAT NEEDS EXTRA ATTENTION NOW
According to Salomi Gupte, a canine behaviourist, humid weather can lead to various diseases including the risk of fungal infections. Pet parents should keep checking their pet's coat and ears for ticks and take precautions to avoid them. One can buy raincoats and boots for pets to keep them dry.Use anti-tick shampoos, anti-tick sprays and spot-ons to keep them healthy. Do not miss out on vaccinations that are due and deworm regularly.
MONSOON PET CARE TIPS
- Watch out for pododermatitis (inflammation of the skin of the paw) in pets as constant moisture can cause infection of the paws in pets.
- Clean the paws regularly with antiseptic solution diluted with and use a pet sanitiser.
- Provide good bedding for them as the floor can get cold and keep the AC/fan on low speed if required.
- Include more warm soups in their diets.
- Give only filtered water to pets as tap water can be highly infected.
- Use pet boots or a raincoat while going out for a walk, but it's best to avoid stepping out when it rains.
- Do not let your pets lick or consume water from the potholes as this can be a source of infection.
- Get your pets vaccinated and dewormed before the monsoons. Keep them dry with a hairdryer, or towel and avoid frequent bathing.
MAKE YOUR PET FEEL SAFE Apart from skin diseases and dietary issues:
The monsoon brings along numerous other problems for pets.While taking your pet on walks, make sure to look out for any open wirings on roads. Also, a lot of dogs can be scared of the loud thunder. Make sure to create a secure space for your pet in the house.A dog can be scared of the rain and the monsoon inturn, due to the many insects that the season invariably brings with it.We need to take extra care during monsoons. It is important to make your pet feel safe at all times during the rain season.
Clean their ears once a day.
Wet weather makes them vulnerable to ear infections too. During the monsoons you need to clean their ears with a cotton bud every day. At other times during the year it is okay to clean them once a month.If needed, one can also seek help from a pet grooming centre.
Keep them away from frogs and lizards.
Keep a close eye on your dog during the rains as frogs and lizards, which can be extremely toxic, crawl about randomly as during monsoon insects and crawlers multiply rapidly.If you catch your pet with one in his mouth, induce vomiting by using vinegar or by placing salt on the back of their tongue to flush out the toxins.
Do not forget to take them to walks
It is very important for your dog to have some exercise and to go on walks, so that they can remain mentally and physically active, agile, and joyful. Do not limit yourself from taking them to a much- needed walk just because it is muddy, and you would have to take a little more care of them once you return. They deserve to be walked and get provided with some exercise at all times to be as charming as they can be. So, don’t hold yourself back up to take your lovely canine on a walk after a downpour in the mud.
To conclude,it isn’t as difficult as we think to care for our lovely pooches in monsoon if we adopt certain simple, yet effective measures as highlighted above. We hope this helps you this rainy season and you enjoy it to the fullest with your companions.