Pets are very susceptible to waterborne diseases, pododermatitis (inflammation of the paw skin) and ear infections in the monsoon. Most of these conditions occur due to contaminated water and high humidity. It’s essential to maintain your furry baby’s health and hygiene during the wet spell and it may require some extra effort.
Here are some tips to keep your pets well-groomed and healthy during the monsoon season.
1. Keep their paws dry
During the monsoon spell, your four-legged companions are exposed to moisture, especially in parks or wet streets which causes their follicles to weaken and leads to inflammation in the paws. If you take your pet out in the monsoon, clean their paws with blotting paper time and again. Rinse with clean water and if possible, blow-dry the paws after every walk. If your pet has a long coat, keep the fur between the paw-pads trimmed and groomed. Ensure the nails aren’t clipped too close to the skin to prevent bleeding and infection.
2. Keep them away from dirty, stagnant water
Pets are also extremely susceptible to waterborne diseases caused by contaminated water. They could suffer from gut problems like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and appetite loss. Ensure that your pet is drinking clean water and feed them bland food like rice and curd if they’re suffering from a gut problem. If the infection persists, take them to the vet immediately.
3. Keep them away from tick-infested areas
Did you know 1 out of 3 pets get tick fever during the monsoon? Ticks and fleas are a common problem during the rainy season. If your pet suffers from low immunity, they could fall prey to tick fever easily and in severe cases it could also lead to organ damage. Check your pet for ticks regularly and give them anti-tick baths. You can also use natural tick repellent sprays like neem water. Ensure that they’re eating clean and immunity-boosting food, especially during the monsoon.
4. Keep their coat dry
Brush your pet at least twice a day to ensure a clean and odor-free coat. Wipe your pet dry every time they get wet in the rain and use pet powders or deodorants to keep the humidity and moisture at bay.
5. Create a cozy corner in case of thunderstorms
Some pets suffer from anxiety during thunderstorms and find it difficult to eat or sleep. Pick the quietest corner in your home and set up your pet’s bed with their favourite toys accompanying it. Give them compassionate hugs and kisses and stay with them until the worst passes to make them feel safe.
Staying safe during the monsoon season is essential for your pet’s health. Don’t fret too much and keep a box of medicines handy for medical emergencies but remember that prevention is better than cure.