Monsoon Care

The monsoon season, with its heavy rains and increased humidity, can pose several challenges for pet owners. Ensuring the well-being of dogs and cats during this period requires special attention to their health, comfort, and safety. Here are a few tips to look after your pets during the monsoon season.

General Care Tips

  1. Shelter
    Ensure that your pets have a dry, clean place to stay. Provide adequate shelter or keep them indoors, away from damp and wet conditions. Ensure their bedding is dry and clean to prevent fungal infections and discomfort
  2. Hygiene and Grooming
    Dogs, especially, require regular grooming to prevent matting and skin problems. Bathe your dog as necessary using a mild shampoo, and make sure they are dried thoroughly afterward. Pay special attention to their paws and ears, which can harbour moisture and lead to infections.

    Cats are generally good at grooming themselves, but you may need to help keep them dry and clean. Use a soft, dry towel to gently wipe them down if they get wet. Regularly check their paws and fur for signs of moisture and dirt.

  3. Paw Care
    The monsoon can make the ground muddy and slippery, leading to dirty and potentially infected paws. Clean your pets' paws thoroughly after they come inside, especially if they have waded through puddles or standing water. Inspect for cuts, bruises, or infections and apply antiseptic as needed. Consider using pet-safe paw balms to protect their pads.

  4. Diet and Nutrition
    Maintain a balanced diet to keep their immune system strong. Wet weather can affect appetite, so ensure your pets are eating well. Avoid keeping uneaten food, especially wet or home-cooked food, out for long to avoid spoilage that can lead to stomach issues. Fresh, clean water should always be available. Consult your vet about incorporating an immunity boosting supplement to bolster your pet’s immunity.
  5. Exercise and Activity
    Dogs need regular walks and exercise but adjust the routine to avoid getting wet. Short, frequent walks are better than long ones. Indoor activities and toys can help keep your dog active and stimulated

    Cats, while not requiring walks, need stimulation with toys, climbing structures and interactive play sessions to keep them entertained and active.

Health Care

  1. Parasite Prevention
    Increased moisture can lead to a rise in parasites like fleas and ticks. Speak to your veterinarian to use suitable flea and tick preventatives. Use a fine-toothed comb to check for fleas and ticks. Regularly inspect your pets for signs of infestation and seek treatment promptly if needed.
  2. Skin and Coat Care
    Dogs can experience skin issues like hot spots and fungal infections owing to high humidity and moist conditions. Regularly check your dog's skin for redness, itching, or unusual odours. Keep their coat trimmed and groomed to prevent matting and allow better airflow.

    Cats can also develop skin issues during the monsoon. Watch for excessive licking or grooming, which can indicate discomfort.
  3. Ear Care
    Ears can trap moisture, leading to infections. Clean your pets’ ears regularly with a veterinarian approved cleaning product. Dry their ears thoroughly after exposure to rain or baths.

Safety Measures

  1. Thunder and Lightning
    Many dogs and cats are afraid of loud noises. Your pet may be afraid of thunder. Create a quiet space for your dog or cat to retreat to during storms. Using calming supplements and aids like pheromone diffusers, anxiety wraps or soothing music may help reduce stress. Keep windows and doors shut to muffle the sound of thunder. Spend time with your pets to reassure them during storms.
  2. Preventing Escapes
    Storms can cause pets to panic and run away. Ensure your home is secure, with windows and doors closed.
  3. Avoiding Waterborne Hazards
    Do not let your pet, especially dogs while they are being walked, drink from puddles or stagnant water which can contain harmful microorganisms and parasites. Ensure they access to clean, fresh water indoors.
  4. Street Animals
    Stray dogs and cats often take refuge under cars. Take a look before starting your car to avoid injuries to animals taking shelter. Allow them in your building compound allocating a small area for them to remain dry. Support local NGOs who look after street animals.
Conclusion

Caring for dogs and cats during the monsoon season requires proactive measures to ensure their health, comfort, and safety. By focusing on hygiene, health precautions, safety measures, and mental well-being, pet parents can help their furry friends navigate the challenges of this wet season.


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