While monsoons are a big relief for us and a welcome break from the swelting heat, they can make our pet’s life more stressful. It undoubtedly sets the perfect mood for curling up in bed with a hot cup of tea. But for our pets, be it a bird, cat, dog or iguana- it can be a nightmare. Blame it on the season or the fact that your pets can’t exercise or play outdoors, and it tends to make them lethargic. They also tend to pick up fungal infections and other health ailments that have small yet sure chances of affecting you or your young ones.
Well, fear not, if you take the required safety, preventive and protective measures there is no reason to worry about this cool and wet weather. The following tips will help your pet and you to have an awesome monsoon together!
Make sure that the vaccination is up to date. Vaccination provides immunity against the disease. As pets/animals carry varieties of germs it may cause serious diseases to mankind as well as to other animals. So not just to increase immunity during those stressful months, in general, get the pet vaccinated to maintain its and your loved one’s health.
Keep the place dry and clean
Keep the pet’s space free of insects be it flies, mosquitoes, ticks or bugs. These can be quite a threat, especially during the monsoon. Mosquitos are known to be quite a menace and cause diseases like malaria or dengue. The number of people infected during the monsoon is usually on the higher side. Keeping your homes and your pets space dry and clean can help curb their impact. Ensure that your pet is dry at all times. Damp and moist surroundings attract more germs and bacteria that can easily be transfered to humans.
It’s not necessary to give your pets frequent baths during monsoon, because your pet may fall sick. But baths with antiseptic shampoo can take care of ticks and fleas during monsoon. Pets with ticks or other infections may sometimes require daily bath during monsoon, but before doing that it’s better to take doctor’s advice on proper bathing rules. When you bathe your pets, they tend to climb on beds or dry clothes and that can impose a higher threat of developing mildew on them.
Avoid outdoor activities and monsoon walk
It’s impossible to take your pet outside during the monsoon, so avoid outdoor activities as much as you can. Make your pet active by playing indoor games. Avoid waterlogged streets during monsoon as they could be at risk to mosquito bites, leeches, snakes, etc. Also, walking on damp and wet grass can make them susceptible to tick infection. Tick fever may not directly affect you but since they multiply at a higher rate, they can spread on the bed, furniture and also cling onto human flesh. Kids can also get ringworm infection from touching infected animals such as dogs and cats. Ringworm of the skin, or tinea corporis, usually is a dry, scaly round area with a raised red bumpy border and a clear centre.
Clean food, clean guts
Make sure that your pet doesn’t drink stagnant water as consuming this water may cause water-borne diseases. Feed your pet small amounts of food at regular intervals rather than giving them high quantity food all at once. It’s good to increase the fibre content in their diet as there is going to be less outdoor activities. Psittacosis is known as parrot fever, a bacterial illness that can happen from contact with infected bird faeces or with the dust that builds up in birdcages.
The rain or shine, nothing can stand in the way of you and your pet having a quality time together. Get a few things organized and make the best of these monsoons.