Monsoon brings a welcome relief from the scorching heat of summer but it also brings a lot of health problems. Rainy season is the perfect period of breeding of germs, as microbes get enough water for their growth.
These microbes are not only dangerous for humans, but they also affect petsin the same way. Every year in monsoon, the number of cases of pet infections, pneumonia, cold and fever (Flu), cough, and loose motions rises.
Being a responsible pet owner, it is your duty to provide special care to your lovely pets so as to save them from these monsoon diseases. In this article, I will suggest you some easy but effective ways to save your pet from the germs and bacteria of monsoon.
1. Keep your pet inside home
Monsoon can bring storm as well as thunder, which can be scary for your lovely pet. Therefore, keep your pet inside your home and don’t forget to close all the doors (including “doggies doors”) and curtains.
2. Crate train your pet at an early age
If you provide crate training and potty training to your pet, it will help you a lot in monsoon season. So, don’t forget to crate train your pet at early age.
3. Save your pet from leptospira
During the rainy season various infectious diseases like distemper, parvovirus, diarrhoea, foot wounds, hepatitis and maggots spread among pets. But, leptospira is the most life-threatening disease in Monsoon.
Rainy season increase humidity in the air that causes the spread of leptospira in pets. The worst part of this disease is that it is contagious i.e. it can be passed on to human beings and cause severe problems. This disease is caused by the Leptospira bacteria, found in the urine of rodents like rat. The chances of Leptospira bacteria invasion are significantly higher during the rainy season, so keep your home free from the rodents especially in rainy season.
4. Pet deworming is equally important in rainy season
In monsoon, pets are more susceptible to worms, so deworming is essential for them. Infestation of worm in pets may lead to general debility anorexia, anaemia, dullness of coat and many other medical issues. There are various over-the-counter deworming medicines available in the market that you can give to your pet to save them from worm infestation.
5. Save your pet from ticks and fleas
The problem of ticks and fleas infestation haunts most pet owners in the rainy season. One of the best ways to prevent tick infestation is to avoid taking your pet for a walk on grass. In addition, you should keep the sleeping area of your pet free of fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and bugs. To protect your pet from ticks and fleas, you can use anti-tick preparations such as shampoos, lotions or powders.
6. Provide effective grooming of your pet
Since the long fur of your pet is more prone to infection, the long hairs of dogs like Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever etc. should be trimmed short. In addition, the ears and paws of your pooch also need cleaning, so you should learn ways to clean your puppy’s ears at home. To ensure whether you have done an effective cleaning is by seeing if your pooch is licking itself or not; the less it licks itself the cleaner is its body. You should also trim nails of your pet to avoid infection, as the nails collect dirt easily.
7. Give you pet a special diet during Monsoon
The diet of your pet during monsoon should mainly comprise fiber rich food like banana, as it helps pets who suffer from indigestion. You should avoid dairy products because some pets may be allergic. In addition, makes sure that the pet food is freshly prepared and free from microbes like fungi. It is highly recommended to add multivitamins or vitamin supplements during the rainy season. You should also maintain good hygiene and keep the feeding area clean.
8. Don’t forget to provide enough exercise for your pet
During rainy season, it is hard to take pets outside for a walk every day. If you are unable to do so for some time, you may notice obesity problems (especially in Labradors). You can make your pet climb up the stairs or leave them free inside of your home to keep them active. Further, playing a soft ball or Frisbee indoor can help in keeping your pet active and fresh.
It is rightly said that prevention is better than cure. If you follow above mentioned tips, you will be able to keep your pet safe and protect them from germs during monsoon.
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