Different parts of India face different degrees of monsoon; some face it worse than others and it is also the time for a host of illnesses that affect our dogs. They need a little extra TLC during this time of the year and we want to help you care for them the right way. Here are some monsoon care tips for dogs.
Monsoon Care Tips For Dogs
While their grooming routines remain similar throughout the year, there are some additional things you should do during the monsoon season to make sure they are healthy and happy. Here are the most essential monsoon care tips for dogs.
1. Avoid Letting Them Get Wet
We know this is easier said than done in some parts of India. In Mumbai, for instance, it rains for days on end during the monsoon season. Not getting wet is usually not the option. But you can minimise it by purchasing a raincoat and a good pair of shoes.
Look for raincoats that cover their chest and stomach as well because they can step into puddles and splash dirty water all over their chest and stomach.
As for shoes, most dogs are not fond of footwear. Some may be willing to try them on but very few dogs will actually keep them on for the entire walk. If you are dedicated to monsoon boots for dogs, be prepared for a long learning curve.
2. Clean Their Paws After Every Walk
The muddy water has a lot of parasites and the moistness increases the chances of fungal infection between their toes. The best way to avoid it is to use a dog-safe antiseptic liquid, dilute it in water and dip their paws in it for a few seconds.
You can use your hands to wash off all the mud from their paws and dry it with a super absorbent towel.
Keep the fur around their paws trimmed and their nails clipped. This will reduce the chances of fungal infections and for mud and stones to get tangled up in their paw. But be careful when you trim their paw fur. It may be a good idea to work them out a little so that they aren’t fidgety and you can trim the fur without hurting them.
Also, keep an eye on excessive licking or paw biting. These may be signs of infections.
3. Drying Them Up
If you couldn’t dodge the rain, you are probably soaking wet. While on other occasions, you may let them air dry, but during the monsoon, everything is so damp that there is a strong chance that wet fur may remain moist for quite some time and lead to fungal and bacterial infections.
You must dry them up especially if you have a furry dog. Many suggest a hairdryer but remember that hair dryers can strip their skin of natural oils. An absorbent towel may be the best way to go, but if you just can’t get to the inner layers of their fur, you can use a hairdryer, keeping a safe distance from their fur.
4. Keeping Their Ears Clean
The ears are also moist and prone to ear infections especially if they have long droopy ears. Turn their ears and check frequently.
Keep their ears dry and protect them from getting water inside them.
5. Bathing And Grooming
Bathing a dog too often can strip their fur of natural oils. So, we would suggest that you stick to their bathing schedule as much as you can. However, be vigilant of their grooming patterns and if there are any changes in odours.
If they have an underlying infection, dogs can excessively groom themselves. This can lead to dampness and more infections. Bathe them if you see changes in their grooming rituals.
6. Fleas And Ticks
The Monsoons are also the time for fleas and ticks to thrive. We always encourage natural methods to get rid of them, but if they are too severe, you might have to check with your vet.
Avoid tall grass, and the company of other dogs as much as you can during this time of the year. Fleas and ticks stay in bulks in grassy areas and they tend to latch onto their fur. They also jump from dog to dog.
If your dog has really long fur, you can trim the fur on their legs and paws to reduce the chances of ticks latching onto them. By trimming the fur on the legs and paws, it becomes easier to clean them after walks.
7. Pooping Indoors
This may be completely unfathomable to some dogs but pooping indoors can be much safer during the monsoons. This way they don’t have to wait to go out and you can take them on short walks whenever the sun is out.
If you live in monsoon heavy cities, we suggest that you train your dog to poop outside and in a particular spot inside the house. The sooner you start to train your dog the easier it gets.
This also reduces the chances of constipation and infection.
8. Watching For Signs Of Fever
Dogs have a much stronger immune system than we do, and, they are very less likely to easily get sick.
That being said, tick fever is the most common during the monsoon season. It is also most common among puppies and young dogs.
Keep an eye on them. If you see changes in their mood, for instance, a playful puppy becomes lame, or discharge excessive mucus from their nose etc, they may have a fever.
During the monsoon season, it’s cold and it’s damp and we’re all a little low, but with a little TLC, we can get through this.
Do you take extra precautions for your canine during the monsoon season? Tell us all about it in the comment section below.