The monsoon season is always much-awaited as it brings respite from the sweltering heat. But besides contributing to a dip in temperatures, greener surroundings and a cosy mood to cuddle, monsoon showers also present a set of challenges to pet parents. As rainy weather rolls around, pets are at a high risk of facing issues like infections, skin allergies, or parasitic infestations. Even the sound of thunder proves to be unpleasant for our furry pals and long walks might be compromised in case of persistent showers.
But worry not pet parent, it isn’t all bad news! There are a few precautionary measures you can take to ensure your pooch is safe, happy and healthy during this season. Read on to find out…
Deworm and groom regularly Make sure to stay up-to-date with your pooch’s deworming and grooming schedule. Many monsoon-related illnesses are caused due to parasites and you can avoid this by deworming your pooch regularly. Because of the humidity, your dog’s fur can become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs as they thrive in a moist environment. The best way to fight this is to maintain a regular deworming and grooming schedule to reduce the risk of skin problems infections.
Make sure to keep your dog dry During this season, the moisture content in the atmosphere is at an all time high. Even if you walk your pooch when it’s not raining, there are chances that its fur can get damp. Make sure to pat your dog dry with a towel after every walk. Also ensure its bed or crate is kept clean, dry, warm and away from any windows where it can catch mist from the rain.
Clean your dog’s paws after every walk Your dog’s paws will inevitably pick up dirt and muck from the ground. Avoid infections and infestations by trimming the fur in the paw area and cleaning the paws with an antiseptic wash after every walk.
Pay special attention to the eyes, ears and private regions It is also important to regularly wipe around your dog’s eyes, ears and private regions gently. You can do so with a warm wash cloth or cotton ball and pat these regions dry after cleaning.
Switch to boiled drinking water We know that you are careful about giving your pooch clean and safe drinking water. But just like humans in the monsoon season, dogs are also more susceptible to water-borne diseases. Make sure your pet has access to clean fresh drinking water to protect it from diarrhea and other stomach ailments.
Watch how you react when it’s thundering It’s only natural for your furry baby to experience discomfort with loud thundering and flashes of lightening. But, it is important to react appropriately in these situations. Let your pooch find a place to run to and feel safe. While your natural instinct will be to cuddle and comfort your dog, this action will only reinforce its fear. Instead you should maintain your composure and engage with your dog normally with an activity it enjoys, like playing games or grooming. You could also leave a few toys by your dog’s safe space for it cuddle with and relieve anxiousness.
Indulge in indoor activity If outdoor activity comes to a halt because of the rain, keep your pooch entertained indoors. If you live in an apartment building, you can exercise your pooch by letting it run up and down the stairs. You can also set up obstacle courses in your house and engage your pooch with a game of hide and seek using treats. You could also use interactive games and toys to keep your dog mentally stimulated.
Break your pooch’s meals down into smaller portions and make sure it does not eat anything that has been sitting in its bowl for too long. Keep a watchful eye for any behavioural changes and contact your vet if you notice the signs of stomach upset, rashes or infection.
We wish you and your furry buddy a very happy monsoon season!