Pet tales

Jun 28, 2013, 01:25 IST | Swapnal Tilekar

Monsoon can be one of the toughest times of the year for pets and by default, pet owners. The Guide offers helpful pointers

Taking care of pets can be a full-time job as pet owners can attest. But there are certain simple steps whereby you can remedy the situation. The Guide offers a few tips:

Beat the odour
There is increased dampness in the air which is a prime concern as humidity makes pets smelly. To beat this, you can use pet-special deodorants and talcum powder, at least once a day. Also, to clean the moisture between their paws, use warm water. Pat them dry and sprinkle some talcum powder on them. Follow the same routine for their fur. Watch out for the parasites during the season.

Monitor eating habits
As most of the diseases can be caught through food and water, be specific about what your pet eats. Considering the questionable quality of drinking water during the monsoon, make sure that your pet consumes only clean and boiled water. Do not serve them raw chicken or any other type of meat. Packaged pet food is the safest bet for the monsoon to avoid stomach ailments.

Vaccination is a must
Vaccinate your pet for diseases like diarrhoea, pneumonia and cold. Consult your vet for that and keep few emergency medicines ready at home.

Give them attention 
Apart from such measures, a pet also needs a little attention from their owners to keep them happy in this gloomy weather. So, spend some time with your animal friends and give them extra attention, especially as they may suffer from anxiety attacks this season.

Expert advice
Dr Swagat Deshkar of Animal Profile Clinic

>> During the rainy season, 8-in-1 vaccines are recommended for pets as it covers all possible viral diseases, be it Para-enfluenza, Enteritis, Parvo virus, etc.

>> As pets are susceptible to many other viral diseases, don’t let your pets get wet in rain water. Give them a walk in your parking area but not outdoor in the rain.

>> Use a good shampoo for bathing and make sure that they are dried properly. Probiotic-rich food should be given to them and if they suffer from stomach infections, give them homemade curd-rice, squeezed rasgullas, buttermilk and boiled paneer that will strengthen their intestines. 

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