Monsoon is here and it is going to stay for some time. Many more viruses, bacterias and critters lurk around during this time of the year which makes it very difficult for our dogs to stay healthy. But what are the most common diseases that affect dogs during the rainy season? Let’s find out.
5 Diseases That Affect Dogs During The Rainy Seasons
In this article, we will look at 5 diseases that affect dogs during the rainy season. If we know about them, we can take better precautions and keep them safe. So, here they are:
1. Ticks And Fleas
Though dogs can get ticks and fleas any time in the year, they run particularly rampant during the monsoon. Grass tends to grow long and when your dog walks around in it, ticks and fleas can easily latch onto their fur.
While there are many tick and flea shampoos, we do suggest to use natural remedies for your dog. Many flea and tick shampoos have a lot of chemicals and research has shown links between tick shampoos and lung cancer.
By using natural alternatives, you can keep them safe for longer without compromising on their health and safety.
2. Kennel Cough
The cooler temperatures and the sudden rise in humidity during the monsoon directly impacts their immunity. This is why dogs are more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections during this time of the year.
While kennel cough attacks the dog’s respiratory system. But in most cases, Kennel Cough is not a severe condition. But since it weakens their immune system, they become susceptible to other illnesses. Make sure their vaccinations are up to date so that they are safe from other conditions.
Other than keeping their vaccinations up to date, a few weeks of complete rest and time away from their canine friends is all they need to bounce back to health.
Another common infectious disease that affects dogs when their immune system is at an all-time low is Parvo. Parvo is much more severe than kennel cough. This virus affects the gut and you can see symptoms like bloat, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Treatment is absolutely crucial and you need it on an emergency basis. It commonly affects puppies and senior dogs and while other viruses can get treated, this one needs to be taken very seriously.
If you treat your puppy before there is blood in their vomit and stool you can save their life otherwise, the disease has a 10% mortality rate.
Vaccination is absolutely crucial if you want to keep this condition at bay. Make sure their vaccinations are up to date so that you can keep them safe from this dreadful disease.
4. Intestinal Parasites
During the rainy season, there are critters everywhere and some of it may land up in your dog’s stomach. It may be because they ended up drinking rainwater, or they ate something nasty outside. The chances of them getting parasites in their stomach are much more during the monsoons.
Many dogs like to eat grass during the rainy season because it is cold and fresh. But this is also how many parasites land up in their stomach.
However, this is nothing a simple deworming tablet can’t fix. Make sure they are on schedule with their deworming schedule. An adult dog should have a deworming tablet once in 3 months and it is crucial that you maintain their deworming schedule especially during the monsoon season.
If you can get them to have one session before the monsoons, and one right after, there is nothing like it.
5. Ear Infections
If your dog has droopy ears, they are much more susceptible to ear infections. The atmosphere is very humid during the monsoons, and since their ears are droopy, there is very little air that gets into their ears.
Dogs like Beagles and Labradors are prone to ear infections all ear round, but during the monsoon, they are much more susceptible to it. Check their ears once a week and you can pat them dry with a clean cloth.
Do not use anything moist to clean their ears or let water get into their ears when they are taking a bath. This can cause ear infections.
How To Build Your Dog’s Immunity During The Monsoon?
As you can see from the list above, most of these diseases affect your dog when they have a weak immune system. But how do you make sure they have a strong immune system during this time of the year?
The best ways to keep their immune system strong and still fighting is by making sure they are having a healthy diet. You can also add curd into their meals. Curd is rich in probiotics and works wonders to maintain their gut health and overall immune system.
The next way to keep their immune system strong is by making sure they are active even when it’s raining outside. Many people don’t take their dogs outside during the monsoon, which isn’t a bad idea. But, just because they aren’t going on long walks does not mean should compromise on their exercise.
A sedentary lifestyle can lower their immunity so you should make sure they are getting enough exercise indoors with physically and mentally stimulating games. For bigger dogs that don’t have joint issues, you can take them up and down the stairs.
As for small dogs, consider a few minutes of fetch inside the house. Throw the ball from under the shoulders so that you don’t knock anything over. A few rounds of indoor fetch should tire out your dogs just fine.
So, here are 5 common diseases that affect dogs during the rainy season. How has the monsoon treated you and your dogs so far? And what precautions have you taken with the monsoons and the coronavirus dangling over our heads? Let us know in the comments section below.