It is rainy season again and as much as we love taking walks in the cool breeze or splashing in the puddles, I am always wary of the related infections that it brings to my little fellow, Smokey.
Just like we come down with fever or flu during this season, our dogs too are prone to catching infections. This is a time when ailments in dogs increase. As pet parents, we must be clued to the symptoms early on for a quick treatment and to ensure that it doesn’t spread to anything major.
One common problem that dogs face in rainy weather is gastroenteritis. Usually, the first symptoms you will notice are dullness and refusing meals. This can be accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea. If your dog doesn’t recover with home remedies like curd in a couple of days, pay a visit to the vet without delay.
Fungal infections on the skin, especially the paws are common. You may notice that your dog is continuously biting or scratching a particular area. Ensure you check the area for ticks or cuts or rashes and clean it well. The idea is to keep it clean and dry. You could use special powder to dust the area. Make sure your dog doesn’t lick the area after you apply the powder. You can use a cone collar or a mouth guard for some time for protection.
Fleas and Ticks are common in pets, especially in the monsoons. It is important to check your dog’s coat and paws for ticks. In case these are not regularly checked & removed, they can quickly multiply and lead to severe infections of the skin. In some extreme cases can turn fatal too. You can learn more about tick fever in my earlier post by clicking here.
Respiratory issues are also common due to the cold damp weather. You may notice your dog coughing with choking-like sounds, sneezing, or having difficulty breathing. Do visit the vet at the earliest, as it can turn into pneumonia if left untreated.
These are also common in monsoons as there is some amount of moisture that gets retained in the ear. Make sure you clean their ears regularly with appropriate wipes. If you notice them scratching their ears or shaking them continuously, these could be signs of an infection. You could try treating them with canine ear drops and if these don’t help, seek medical help.
Here are some general tips you can follow to ensure your pooch’s good health, especially in the rainy season.
- Don’t leave your pet unattended outdoors on the lawn or balcony in the rain. They will obviously get wet and come down with infections and ailments.
- Don’t take them out for walks in the rain. Try to keep your dog dry during the rainy season. Accessories like raincoats and shoes are good buys for this season
- After a bath, ensure their coat is dried well using a towel or blow dry so that there is no residue moisture.
- Don’t allow your dog to lick or drink from puddles.
- One of the ways that dogs understand the world is by smell. They love to sniff. Keep an eye out for inadvertent licking during walks as these can spread infection too.
- After a walk, ensure you clean their paws and check them for worms/ticks. To keep away ticks, use spot-on drops or collars or injections (only on the advice of your vet)
- Finally, if your dog is friends with other pooches and is unwell, please be a responsible pet parent and do not allow them to socialize until full recovery.
Do let me know if you found this blog useful. If you are a pet parent and have any health tips that you think will help others, do share them in the comments below.