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Monsoon is Here – Your Dog Needs Your Care!

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How to care for your dogs in monsoon season

It will affect your dog physically and psychologically if he has to stay inside even in the rainy season. Therefore, it is important for you to prepare your dog for the monsoon even if your stay in or go outside. A dog being a creature of habit need to keep the same routine otherwise or it will stress out.
Keep in mind that there is no excuse to keep your dog locked in because it is raining outside. In such situations, all your need to do is take all the safety and protective measures to keep your dog healthy.
Here is a few set of tips that will help you in this case.
Keep your dog dry
Wet or moist the fur is a perfect brooding region for parasites and microscopic organisms. Ensure that:
• You rub down your pooch prior and then afterward your walk or in case, he gets wet.
• To remove the dampness you can also blow-dry the fur.
• During the monsoon season, bathing your dog can turn out to be a messy situation.
• Instead of giving your dog a regular bath, it is advised that you utilize a dry shampoo.
Keep the Paws clean
Paws being exposed to the ground all the time are sensitive part and thus are more prone to infections. You can make your dog wear protective boots in the monsoon season. It will not allow the insects, mud, grass and water to get in the paws.
In case your dog does not use the paw-wear, make sure that you wipe off and clean the dirt after every walk. If you have, long haired breeds that you must consider trimming the fur in this raining season.
Keep the bedding dry
A warm and dry bed is the best pleasure that you can give to your dog in the wet season. Make sure that the bedding and food of your pet are covered all the time. The cold surface can harm the joints of your dog so it is important that you take extra care. Change the bedding often to prevent the accumulation of germs and bacteria.
Conduct activities
In the monsoon season, arranging the outdoor activities will not turn out to be a good decision. The only choice you are left with is to arrange the activities inside the house. The best idea is to play fetch or perform different tricks inside the house or in the garage where the chances of getting wet are the least.
In case you live in an apartment, it will be a better choice to make your dog take the stairs.
Pay attention to the feeding
In the rainy season, the dog might become allergic to some food items. Therefore, you must:
• Add more fruits and vegetables to the bowl
• Reduce the amount of feeding to avoid the dog from getting overweight
• Balance his level of food intake and physical activates
Following these instructions will allow you to keep your dog safe and healthy in the monsoon season.

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First-aid kit for your Pet

As a pet owner, you must have a basic first-aid kit ready at all times for emergencies as well as small medical issues. There are times when your vet may not be available or when your pet needs immediate help.

Here is a small checklist that contains useful pet supplies which you must invest in and keep ready at all times –
1. Absorbent gauze pads – for bandaging, to stop bleeding.
2. Antiseptic Wash – for open sores or wounds
3. Eye Wash & Ear Wash – to avoid itching, stinging or burning sensation
4. Hydrogen Peroxide – to make your dog vomit in case he consumes something poisonous. However, consult your vet in advance if this can be done with your dog in any such case of emergency.
5. Scissors ( with blunt ends)
6. Disposable gloves – for your protection and your pet’s protection or when situation is messy
7. Thermometer – to know the normal temperature for your pet
8. Extra towels, washcloths and blankets – in case of injuries or to keep your pet warm
9. Water based lubricant jelly – for using rectal thermometer
10. Medical tape
11. Antibiotic ointment – for wounds and cuts
12. Tweezers
13. Tick removal tool – to easily remove ticks and reduce additional damage or infection during removal.
14. Small flashlight
15. A list of phone numbers, local veterinary emergency clinics and address.
This list is not an exhaustive list. It may vary from pet to pet. You may consult a vet before forming your pet’s first-aid kit for better understanding of the above stated items.

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PET IN SUMMERS

We all are aware of the deadly horrors of the mid of the year heat. Just as the humans are susceptible to extreme temperatures, so are your pets. The only thing is that they cannot express what they go through like humans.

Can you imagine your June afternoons without an air-conditioner? Can you imagine yourself roaming in the streets under the scorching sun of summers?
If reading this has already given you a heat stroke, imagine how your pets would deal with the ever increasing heat of summers.

Here are six hot tips for taking care of your pets in this dreadful season of heat:

  • Keep your pet indoors:

The most important thing to keep your pets cool this summer is to keep them indoors during the hottest part of the day. Dogs suffer the risk of paw pad burns from walking on hot grounds. This can lead to blisters, redness, darkening of paws, itching, etc. You can make them wear dog booties or keep wet towels under their paws.

  • Keep them Hydrated:

Dehydration is a common occurrence in pets during summers if not well taken care of. Keep them hydrated throughout the day by giving them lots of cool and clean water.

  • Yes, Sunscreen for them!

This is true. Animals do sunburn. There are various sunscreens formulated for pets that will protect their exposed skin. Try to keep them in shade always and take care of their skin by using pet sunscreen.

  • Get your pet in the water:

Invest in a small pool or a big tub backyard for your pet to find a place of heaven during unbeatable heat. Your pets will be happier than ever when they have a place to cool down during the hottest days of summers. Find a garden sprinkler/fountain for your pets to play in. Make sure that the water gets under their belly, between the legs and under the tail and your pet is all set to beat the heat!

  • Change your pet’s bedding:

There are various types of cooling mats available for pets. Some of them contain a crystal material that turns into gel when wet and which keeps them cool for longer hours.

  • Check for symptoms of heat stroke:

The most common symptom is fatigue. Other symptoms include vomiting, extreme thirst, difficult breathing, increased heart rate, disorientation. If you see any of these symptoms, immediately call vet care and wrap your pet in a wet cloth.

A little care is all they need. Take care of them as you take care of yourself and they will always remember  🙂

 

How to take care of stray animals in summers

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF STRAY ANIMALS IN SUMMER

Did you know that birds tend to collapse from dehydration when water puddles dry out in summer? Did you know countless animals dies of heatstroke during summer?

It is quite traumatizing to see so many stray animals foredoomed to death because of negligence. However, don’t despair. A small initiative today can go a long way in saving the lives of stray animals and birds.

 

  • Like humans, animals and birds need more WATER in summers. Keep water bowls for them in your balcony or on your roof, car-parking, park, roadside, etc. For birds, you can use flat clay pots. They help to keep the water cool. For animals, you can keep bigger pots with wide openings. Refill them daily and make sure to clean them regularly.
  • FOOD is as important as water. You can keep dry food, milk, salad leftovers, chapatis, bread, etc. for stray animals in clean and shady locations. For birds, you can keep grains (bajra and jowar). Make sure that the animals are able to locate your feeding place. If not, consider changing the location.
  • Try putting up SHADE in areas where animals generally wander. It will protect them from blistering horrors of the sun.
  • If you can afford to ADOPT an animal, do not think twice. If that does not seem a feasible option, contact various shelter homes, rescue teams. Search online for various NGOs and other organizations which are working to protect stray animals from homelessness and lack of care. You’ll be surprised to see so many humanitarians!
  • It is important to take the animals for vaccinations and other medical care from time to time. You can contact the voluntary vet-care organizations and call them in your area to provide medical care to stray animals. It is important to keep them away from infections and deadly diseases.

A small initiative today can surely create a BIG difference for tomorrow!