Keeping a pet comes with its own set of responsibilities. While there are many kinds of pets that can be kept at home, dogs are probably the most popular of them all. With dogs, regular grooming takes the centre-stage. While grooming pets such as cats or fish requires almost no grooming, a dog has to be groomed regularly to ensure optimal health and emotional well-being. Grooming a dog takes on a whole new dimension in the rainy season. In addition to regular grooming rituals, there are certain things that have to be added-on to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy in the rainy season as well.
Basic Tips for the Rainy Season
While a shower can bring down the temperature and make your dog cooler, there are also certain issues that affect dogs during the rainy season. The main things to look out for in your dog during the rainy season are digestive disorders and skin infections. Alleviated humidity levels in the air can adversely affect your dog’s coat.
Some basic tips for maintaining your dog’s happiness and health in the rainy season, involve:
- Wet fur. Prolonged wetness in the fur can lead to fungal or yeast infections. Regular drying and cleaning of the fur is essential. Use a cord-free hair dryer to dry your pet’s damp hair effectively and easily.
- Muddy paws. While your dog might enjoy playing in the rains, it is necessary to clean their paws with lukewarm water each time. Always use a towel to dry the area between the fingers to keep fungal infections at bay. Fungal infections, when left unchecked, can lead to a rash around the paws, muzzle, ears or eyes. Dabbing anti-fungal powder after cleaning, as well as applying creams on localized infections, is quite effective to check infections caused by fungi. Maggots and foot wounds are a common occurrence during the rainy season. If your dog is comfortable wearing booties, invest in a good pair for the rainy season.
- The rainy season makes your pet more susceptible to worms. Administration of deworming medication is essential. Also, as flea and tick infestation usually becomes more aggressive in the rainy season,do not neglect to treat your pet for the same. As always, prevention is better than cure. Worms can make your dog’s coat dull and cause anemia or anorexia.
- Foul Odor. Use medicated scented talcum powders on your dog’s coat to do away with the foul smell.
- Immunity. Do keep up with your dog’s immunization schedule. Maintaining optimal immunity during the rainy season is essential to keep your dog safe from ailments. Particularly in the rainy season, dogs are quite prone to infectious diseases such as diarrhea caused by parvovirus and hepatitis.
- Healthy Diet. As dogs are more prone to digestive disorders in the rainy season, take special care of their diet. Add necessary dietary supplements, if required. Always, consult your veterinarians for what is best for your dog’s specific breed, age and size. A common ailment that affects dogs in the rainy season is parvovirus diarrhea and distemper. As the rainy season restricts outdoor activities for your dog, avoid overfeeding him. With lesser options to burn off the extra calories, excess feeding while indoors can just make your dog pile on the pounds and become overweight.
- Regular bathing in the rainy season with a good quality anti-flea or anti-tick shampoo is recommended. Remember to give shorter baths with warm water. After bathing your dog, dry him as soon as possible. Cleaning the ears with cotton wool or wet wipes is also important. For rainy seasons, some veterinarians also suggest using dry shampoos. Such dry shampoos do not require any water, but can effectively clean any grime or dirt from your dog’s coat.
- Trimming nails. Regular trimming of the nails is necessary as the nails collect dirt.
- Keeping the bedding dry and warm. Dampness in the bedding can also cause fungal infections to develop in your dog. Ensure that the bedding is aired regularly. If your dog prefers laying down on the floor or near open doors, use cardboard or other inexpensive stuff lying around the house, to make a slightly raised platform for him to lie down on. Ideally, the platform should be just a few inches off the ground. This is done to stop body heat from transferring to the ground. Hot water bottles and heated beds can be used to keep older dogs comfortable in the reduced temperatures that come with the rainy season.
Get Busy Indoors
As taking your dog out for a walk in the rainy season is not a feasible option, look around for fun activities to do with your dog indoors instead. You can make your dog climb up the stairs for fun, better still, race along with them. You can also play with a soft ball or Frisbee indoors. Another good way to keep your dog gainfully occupied indoors during the rainy season is by getting him good quality chewable toys.
With proper care and attention, the rainy season can be a fun time for both your dog as well as you. Taking some basic precautions can go a long way in ensuring that the rainy season passes as smoothly as possible, without any hassles as such.