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Caring for your pets during the rains

With dark clouds, cold winds and the pitter patter of raindrops, who doesn’t love the season of monsoon? We all welcome it after the scorching heat of those long summer months. Some of our fur babies love jumping in puddles and getting messy in the rains. On the other hand there are some that are petrified of thunder or just hate getting wet in the rain in general.

This season, however brings with it its share of troublesome issues for out four-legged friends. Fungal infections, gastrointestinal problems and ticks to name a few. So let’s take a look at how we can make monsoon time a happy and healthy one for our pets.

Paws and Fur

With pouring rain, it might sometimes be difficult to follow the usual walk and exercise regime. Enjoying romping around in the rains every once in a while is totally fun. Many dogs and cats don’t like to step out into the wet, but have to in order to relieve themselves. So pet parents need to make sure that their cat or dog’s fur and paws are kept clean and dry, especially after a walk outside. Not doing so regularly is simply an invitation to myriad problems. It’s not just having to suffer through that awful “wet fur smell”. Fur that is not dried up can cause loads of bacterial and fungal infections.

Please also make it a point to check for ticks as the rainy season is also prime tick season. These nasty little buggers climb on through the paws, so it’s important to check the paws and keep them clean. Another benefit of keeping the paws clean and dry is that you can avoid some major gastrointestinal problems. Since licking is one of the preferred activities (cats especially), you don’t want them to ingest all that icky stuff they might walk through outside.

Indoor Exercise

It might be possible to alter your walk schedule for when it’s not raining. Many a times, however during this season, it’s not possible to fit in a lot of outdoor exercise. So how about some fun indoor games instead? Playing tug of war, or fetch indoors is a great way of keeping your pet active. There are also tons of interactive toys you can buy online. Or how about simply running up and down the stairs with you kid(s)? It is good exercise for you as well.

Proper Vaccinations and Deworming

This is crucial during the rainy seasons, especially deworming. Your vet can recommend the right dosage and frequency of deworming medication for your pet based on their age and weight. The company Doggie Dabbas has a wonderful new chemical-free deworming powder called “Take em Out”. You can check out this product on their website (www.doggiedabbas.com). Regular deworming keeps their digestive system work at ideal conditions. With so many chances for contracting stomach infections during the rains (which fur baby doesn’t like an occasional lick or nibble at something nasty lying around on the roads?), this becomes very important. Vaccinations, being a part of a healthy pet’s annual check-up, should also be brought up to date, if not done already.

Proper Diet

If you feel your pet isn’t getting enough exercise during these rainy months, then maybe you should look at keeping their diet light. This is basically to avoid unnecessary weight gain. Regular food intake and not too much exercise can lead to that. Many pets also reduce the amount of water they drink during monsoons. So if you think your pet isn’t drinking enough water, then adding buttermilk, meat broth or soup to their meals is also a great idea. Due to the prevalence of water-borne diseases during this time, please also ensure they always have a clean bowl of water handy. Using RO water or boiled water is ideal. Adding fibrous fruits and veggies will also keep their bowel movements regular and consistent.

Baths or Washes

An alternative to regular baths is a dry bath. Or you can simply wipe them down with a mixture of Savlon (Dettol tends to sting their sensitive skin) and water. Since they will be getting wet every now and then, opting for a dry wash is a better idea during the rains. Basically it’s safe to say that you don’t need to give them a bath every 10 days. please, however ensure that you brush them regularly.

Thunder

Some four-legged babies are petrified of thunder. And why shouldn’t they be? Any sound we hear is exponentially louder for them. So imagine how terrifying a thunderstorm can be for them. So if your baby is one of those who is extremely afraid of thunder, there are a few things you can do to keep them calm and relaxed. They might retreat under a bed or any other covered space. That’s ok. You can help by sitting with them and petting them. Playing some music can also help distract them from all the noise outside. If it is an exceptionally bad situation, then your vet can prescribe natural, mild sedatives.

Did we miss out on anything? We would love inputs and suggestions from you so please leave a comment in our blog. Happy rains and Happy pet parenting!

By Crazy Dog Lady

mother to two crazy labrador boys….writer, entrepreneur and nuts about all things dogs.

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