It's a rainy day and you have to think about the health of yourself and your loved ones in the family _ and no exceptions for your dog, cat or whatever. Yes, as a pet owner you want your best friend to always be in good health. But if your pet gets wet often, it becomes more susceptible to infections and diseases.
COMMON CANINE DISEASES DURING THE MONSOON:
Due to high moisture content in the air, there is a tendency that your pet may suffer from different skin diseases. Mostly caused by fungi, bacteria or viruses, the dog will may have an itchy rash or lump often found in his eyes, ears or muzzle, and needs to scratch. Scratching makes skin diseases become more severe.
A dog that is exposed to cold winds and wetness during the rainy season is more likely to be attacked by bacteria or viruses causing life-threatening diseases. Pneumonia in particular can develop. Symptoms include rapid, deep and difficult breathing; mucus build-up in the respiratory tract and nasal discharge; lack of appetite; weakness and less activity and coughing. Both young puppies and older dogs are the most common targets of respiratory pneumonia.
Diarrhoea is sometimes accompanied by vomiting and reduced appetite caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses that attack the digestive organs. Dogs that have diarrhoea for more than two days should be examined by a veterinarian to receive antibiotic treatment.
Fleas and ticks
Fleas and ticks are very annoying pests that pet owners have to deal with, especially during the rainy season. These can cause some common or even serious illnesses in dogs.
So be careful during the monsoon season and learn how to keep your pet as healthy as possible by following these simple dog care tips.
Get your dog vaccinated. As a preventative measure, your dog must be vaccinated on a regular basis to maintain the immune system.
Always keep your dog's feeding area clean.
To protect your dog from water-borne diseases and other intestinal infections, it must be given clean food and water as well as a complete and balanced diet. Always make sure the food is freshly prepared and free from fungi. Addition of multivitamins during the rainy season is highly recommended, especially when rains come each day.
KEEP YOUR PET WARM AND PROTECTED
Like humans, rain and wind might cause illness in dogs: for example, from light colds and inflammation in the respiratory tract to canine influenza, or dog flu. Keep your dog comfortably warm especially during rainy nights so that it does not catch a cold. If necessary, get your dog a light blanket or appropriate clothing and keep its muzzle dry. If your dog has a high fever, you should call your veterinarian and never give your dog any human medicines intended to lower fever as they can be poisonous to dogs and cause severe injury or death.
Also, keep your dog's sleeping area free of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and bugs as these can be dangerous especially during the monsoon months.
KEEP YOUR PET DRY
The rainy season with its high level of humidity is an ideal time for a variety of skin diseases: pimples, redness, itching sensation, etc. These are mostly caused by fungi and bacteria. Always keep your pet's skin and fur dry by carefully patting every part of your dog if he gets wet. Also remember to dry between your pet's toes as the feet are the most common area of infection. If you use a blower, be careful not to blow hot air in your pet's eyes and ears.
If you still find your pet suffering from an itchy rash, repeatedly scratching and feeling uncomfortable, take it to the vet for specialised treatment. Neglect may lead to chronic skin diseases that need time-consuming, costly treatments.
It is advisable to clean your pet regularly after every outing in the rainy season, brush it properly and apply some anti-fungal powder, which is easily available at your pet shop.
Remember, prevention is better than cure. The dog care tips for monsoon season above aren't very hard to practise. It's very important that you give more to your loving, faithful friend. Happy pet care during the rainy days!
This article was based on text supplied by the team at Taling Chan Animal Hospital, call 02-887-8321_3.