The rainy sea­son could be tough for your four­legged friends. Here’s how to pro­tect them this mon­soon

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav. verma@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

We have been regularly shar­ing tips on mon­soon care, how­ever, with all the fo­cus on us, let’s not for­get about our pets too. So here is a low­down on how to keep pets healthy and pre­vent them from get­ting sick dur­ing mon­soon.

1Pets are prone to a num­ber of in­fec­tions in this weather. Cold, cough and pneu­mo­nia are your usual cul­prits. Dogs usu­ally suf­fer from malassezia which causes itchy skin rashes and burns, whereas cats are prone to res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions. Avoid get­ting your pets wet in the rain and keep them as dry as pos­si­ble. 2 Make a pri­or­ity to get your pet de-wormed by your vet, as they are most sus­cep­ti­ble to worms in the rainy sea­son. “Worm in­fec­tion can lead to ane­mia, gen­eral de­bil­ity anorexia and dull­ness of coat,” says vet­eri­nar­ian Dr S K Choudhary. 3 Tak­ing care of pet’s di­ets is an im­por­tant step. Feed clean, boiled wa­ter. Con­sum­ing dirty wa­ter will lead to wa­ter borne dis­eases such as jaun­dice. “Ex­cess of meat, chicken and oily food should be avoided as it can up­set pet’s stom­ach. Your pet’s diet around this time should con­sist of fiber-rich food such as banana that help pets who suf­fer from in­di­ges­tion. Dairy prod­ucts can be al­ler­gic to some,” says Dr Choudhary. Also, it is bet­ter to use pack­aged food. 4 Give pets reg­u­lar bath us­ing an an­ti­sep­tic sham­poo. This would help take care of the ticks and flea prob­lem. 5 While tak­ing pets out for a walk, avoid wa­ter­logged ar­eas as they could be vul­ner­a­ble to mos­quito bites. Also see that walk­ing on grass could make them sus­cep­ti­ble to tick in­fes­ta­tion. 6 Preven­tion is al­ways bet­ter than cure, en­sure this by hav­ing a reg­u­lar groom­ing rou­tine. This in­cludes clip­ping of the nails, ear cleans­ing and reg­u­lar den­tal check-ups. 7 Some pets suf­fer from storm anx­i­ety. Dur­ing a thun­der­storm, pets can start to shake, bite or in­dulge in ex­ces­sive chew­ing. The vet can give them anti-anx­i­ety drugs to calm them down. “But most im­por­tantly make them feel safe and com­fort­able by hug­ging them and keep­ing them cozy”, says vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Kal­la­halli Umesh.


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