How to take care of pets in monsoon?
It's raining cats and dogs outside but infections should not rain on your cats or dogs. “What do we mean?” It's simple. We love the rains, sipping hot chocolate, eating pakoras, not having to think of excuses for not wanting to go out, etc. But rains too have a flip side, your pets, especially dogs are more prone to catching water-borne diseases and infections during rains. But don't worry we have got your back (and your pooch's back). We are sharing some tips you can follow to prevent your pet from diseases and infections during rains.
1. Don't let the dogs out!
Wet fur attracts fungal and bacterial infections. Avoid going outdoors with pets when it is raining, and when going out, make sure they stay away from bushes and trees. Try to have some fun indoors with them during rains to make up for the lost outdoor time. When going out in the rain make sure to use a hairdryer to dry their fur and try to use pet raincoats. To avoid damp odour, it is suggested to dry them using towels or a dryer every time they get wet.
2. A healthy diet makes everything right!
Rains mean less physical activities outdoors which can lead to digestion-related problems. Do not offer fruits to your pets as fruits are difficult to digest. Also, ensure the food is wheat, soy, and corn free. Dogs prefer wet food in monsoons and hence, you should try to offer home-cooked balanced meals that are a combination of rice, chicken or lamb, and oats. Offering fiber-rich food will help in easy digestion and regular bowel movements. To understand more about your pet's nutritional needs and get a balanced diet chart, you can click here to book an appointment with a pet nutritionist with the comfort of your home.
3. Prevention from infection!
If infections are not spotted in time, then they can grow and become more difficult to treat. Avoid letting your dog get in contact with unhygienic conditions that could be home to infections and germs. Watch for excessive itching, scratching, changed odour, and licking. Consult a vet immediately if you notice anything suspicious. Timely vet consultation can stop the infection from growing. You can click here to book doorstep vet consultation services by Kuddle.
4. Cover the paws
Paws come in direct contact with the wet ground and can become a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. They tend to lick their paws to maintain hygiene, but licking off this dirt and germs negatively impacts their health as unwanted contaminated dirt enters the gut. Therefore, if your pet urges to go out in the rainy season, use specially designed pet shoes to protect their paws from the wet ground or wash their paws with warm water and dry them with a towel after walks.
5. Protect from Ticks
Ticks love monsoons and are waiting in wet leaf piles, grassy areas, and dense vegetation to attack your pets. Avoid such areas during walks. Make sure the resting area of your pets is insect and bugs free and dry. Using anti-tick shampoos, sprays and powder can also help in killing or deterring ticks and fleas.
6. Regular grooming
Moisture attracts infections and it is important to keep the furs and ears dry. Pet grooming is very important to avoid any fungal or bacterial infections. Ears tend to get moist in rains, so try to keep them dry and remove any wax build-ups regularly. Keep their ears cleaned and hair trimmed periodically to prevent infections. Book professional groomers at your home by using Kuddle.