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How to keep your Pet Safe during Monsoon

How to keep your Pet Safe during Monsoon

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

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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

    training at 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

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      save from diseases

        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

        pet deworming

          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.

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          5. Save your pet from ticks and fleas

          save pet from 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

            grooming 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.

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              7. Give you pet a special diet during Monsoon

              pet diet

                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

                excercise with 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.

                  Featured photo credit: Ramkishan Ravula via flickr.com

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                  10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                  10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                  Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                  Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                  Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                  If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                  Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                  1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                  Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                  Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                  Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                  2. No Motivation

                  Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                  This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                  If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                  3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                  Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                  A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                  A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                  The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                  4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                  One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                  We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                  Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                  You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                  5. Upward Comparisons

                  Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                  The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                  These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                  Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                  6. No Alternative

                  This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                  Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                  Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                  Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                  7. Stress

                  As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                  When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                  We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                  If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                  8. Sense of Failure

                  People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                  Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                  Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                  If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                  9. The Need to Be All-New

                  People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                  These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                  10. Force of Habit

                  Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                  Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                  These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                  Final Thoughts

                  These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                  There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                  Reference

                  [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                  [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                  [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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