Rainy Day Woofs: A Guide to Monsoon Prepping for Your Pooch

Pitter-patter, paws scatter, and the world outside turns into a watery wonderland! Find out what your pet might be wondering as he looks out through the window at those falling droplets! Also, prep for the upcoming monsoon season and take responsible pet parenting a notch higher!

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The monsoon season – nature’s symphony played on rooftops and puddle-filled streets. Super chill for us, curled up with a mug of coffee/ tea. But wait, for your doggo staring longingly at the closed patio door? It’s a full-on FOMO (fear of missing out) frenzy. No long walks, all those forbidden puddles mocking them – it’s enough to send any pup into a tailspin.

What do you think they’re pondering as they peer through the window, their noses twitching at the scent of rain-soaked earth? Perhaps, they’re contemplating their rainy-day adventures or pondering the mysterious allure of those falling droplets. If only our beloved furry friends could speak our language.

But fret not, for we’re about to delve into their world and uncover the secrets to ensuring their tails wag through the rainy season. With a little planning and some ‘paw’some preps, you can transform those rainy days’ woes into an adventure.

Prepping for Paws and Pouring Rain

  • Gear up for the rain: Invest in a good doggy raincoat for long-haired breeds or those prone to getting cold. And make sure you keep those walks short during monsoons to avoid any infections.
  • Post-walk pampering: Upon returning home, thoroughly towel-dry your furry friend, paying special attention to his paws, ears, and belly. Use a dog-safe paw balm to prevent cracking and irritation caused by wet surfaces.
  • Indoor fun time: Rainy days mean creative playtime! Engage your pet with stimulating indoor games, puzzle toys, and chew toys to keep boredom at bay.

A designated drying area equipped with absorbent mats can prevent muddy paw prints from decorating your floors, saving you from impromptu cleaning sessions.

Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves: Rainy Day Edition

Keep your medicine cabinet stocked with vet-approved supplies to tackle common monsoon woes like dampened spirits and pesky pests.

  • Tick and Flea Control: Humidity levels skyrocket during the monsoon, creating the perfect breeding ground for ticks and fleas. Vacuum carpets and furniture regularly, and wash your pet’s bedding in hot water. Consider a household spray specifically designed for the removal of fleas and ticks. If your vet has prescribed any oral medication to your pet, make sure you follow the dosage diligently.
  • Ear Cleaners: Ear infections are quite common in monsoons, especially in breeds with floppy ears or long ears. Regularly clean your pet’s ears with vet-approved solutions to prevent discomfort and reduce the risk of infections.
  • First Aid Kit: Accidents can happen, even on the rainiest of days. Put together a first aid kit containing essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and styptic powder to address minor injuries promptly.

Rain or Shine, Diet Divine

Amidst the symphony of raindrops, let’s not forget the importance of maintaining a nutritious diet for our furry friends.

  • Hydration is Key: While it may seem counter-intuitive, dogs can become dehydrated even amid a downpour. Ensure that your pet has access to fresh and clean water at all times. You can consider incorporating wet food into his diet to boost hydration levels.
  • Mind the Treats: Opt for healthy, low-calorie snacks to prevent unwanted weight gain and keep their energy levels in check. Cucumbers, celery sticks, and homemade fruit popsicles are some great options.
  • Focus on High-Quality Ingredients: Monsoon humidity can make digestion sluggish. Choose a dog food formulated with easily digestible proteins and carbohydrates. Look for ingredients like chicken, fish, brown rice, and sweet potatoes.
  • Warm it Up: On particularly chilly monsoon days, ditch the cold kibble and opt for a warm water kibble for your pooch.
  • Probiotic Power: Adding a spoonful of plain, unflavoured yogurt or a daily probiotic supplement to your pet’s food can work wonders. Probiotics promote gut health, which plays a vital role in maintaining a strong immune system and is crucial for fighting off monsoon-related infections.

Happy and healthy go hand-in-hand

  • Looming dangers of Leptospirosis

This bacterial disease spreads through contaminated water. Avoid letting your pet drink from puddles or stagnant water bodies.

  • Joint pain in seniors

Increased humidity can worsen joint pain in older dogs. Consider glucosamine supplements or omega-3 fatty acid supplements to be included in your pet’s daily diet. But consult your vet first.

So, the next time your furry friend gazes wistfully at the rain-soaked world outside, remember that with a little preparation and a lot of love, you’ll both emerge from the monsoon season with tails wagging and hearts brimming with joy.

(Mitu Paul – Business Head, Signature Pet Foods)

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