Monsoon reminder AGAIN!! Keep your Pets safe!
Some helpful monsoon guidelines for pets:
1. Stay dry: Wet and damp fur can give rise to fungal or yeast infections and also make them targets for tick and flea infestation. Even soiled, muddy paws can lead to Pododermatitis (inflammation of feet or between toes). So if your pet’s coat becomes wet and dirty, try to dry and clean it properly with the help of a towel. Try to take your pet to a veterinarian before the onset of the rainy season for deworming (tick and flea treatments etc.)
2. Be vigilant: Pets can catch water-borne diseases like jaundice or stomach infections (gastroenteritis), so their water bowl should be filled with freshly boiled water and changed every 2-3 hours to prevent from transmission of infections. Both their feeding and water bowl should always be kept inside to prevent them from getting contaminated.
3. Thunders NO wonders: many pets begin to shiver, hide, salivate or show other abnormal behavioural patterns on hearing thunderstorms. So if your fur baby has sensitive ears and he feels discomfort or gets restless, kindly consult a veterinarian as he can prescribe some anti-anxiety drugs or non-medicinal treatments to calm your pet down. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully with these drugs.
4. Immunization: Pets are more likely to suffer from diseases during the rainy season, so kindly check your pet’s vaccination record prior to the rainy season to determine whether all required shots have been administered. If any
vaccinations are due, visit a vet and get him vaccinated. As mentioned, monsoons can trigger factors for many deadly diseases in cats and dogs, so prevention is better than cure!
5. On-leash walking: During monsoons avoid long walks and playful activities in the parks as your pet may indulge playing in the muddy stagnated water and can catch throat or respiratory infections like Tonsillitis or Pneumonia.
Also keeping on leash ensures fewer chances of being attacked by stray dogs, as bite wounds do not heal easily in humid weather.
6. Listen what your veterinarian says: And ask him about the precautions to be taken during the rainy season and how can you safeguard your dog from catching infections or external parasites. Kindly follow your veterinarian’s guidelines carefully so that your pet has a safe and healthy monsoon.
Healthy pets happy parents!!
Dr. Prachi Kshatriya