Keep them dry: The most basic rule is to protect their skin and coat and to keep them dry. This can be
accomplished with the help of dog raincoats, which will provide complete protection from the rain. If your dog gets wet during his walk, ensure that you dry them completely with the help of a towel and a hair dryer. Infections, especially those that are fungal in nature, spread rapidly in the presence of moisture, therefore it is imperative to keep your dog 100 percent dry at all times.
Shoes for paws: Another very useful tip is to make your dog wear shoes. The footwear will protect your dogs’ precious paws from ticks, fleas, dirt and infections, which they can easily attract when they step out.
Company during thunderstorms: Keep your pet indoors and keep him company during storms, as thunder and lightning can be very unnerving for them. Distract them during loud storms with their favourite toys and treats and play with them. Don’t fuss over them. Remember, if you act scared or stressed, it will only make them more fearful.
Beware of fleas and ticks: Fleas and ticks are rampant in this weather so make sure you apply your flea and tick medicine on time. Fleas and ticks live in the house so fumigation along with their regular repellant is necessary protection. A useful tip is to add citronella oil to the water used for mopping your house as that helps keeping them away.
Essential grooming: Longhaired breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Irish Setters, etc can have their underbelly and under paw hair trimmed to avoid getting wet and dirty if the dog is stepping out without a raincoat. Brushing your dog is very important in the rainy season to remove any dirt or moisture, which can add to the risk of matting of their coat.
Clean drinking water: Always ensure clean drinking water and nutritious food.
Warm n’ cosy bed: Give a nice warm bed for your pet to sleep.
Seek a vet: With rainy season comes a lot of skin diseases, take your pet for a routine check-up.
Exercise n’ play: Your pet needs his daily dose of play and walk. If it rains, you need to give him the needed exercise indoors. Play Frisbee or toss a ball…keep him involved and happy.
Go…enjoy the rain…!
(Aanchal Malhi is a certified all breed dog groomer and owns It’s A Dog’s Life!, – a pet grooming solutions and boutique in Mumbai but most importantly is a proud pet parent of two!)