Pet care: protect your dog from skin infections with these expert tips

Your pooch must love the pleasant monsoon weather and the relief from the unbearable heat which also makes long walks possible. While the rains are very pleasant, the risk of monsoon ailments could spoil all the fun. For dogs, hygiene and grooming during this season becomes very important as skin infections are quite common during rainy weather. Pet parents should take all necessary steps to protect their companions from bacterial and fungal infections. If your dog’s skin has become red, itchy, and scaly or if there are pus-filled lesions on the skin, you should see a veterinarian immediately. (Also read: Leptospirosis in dogs: Symptoms, treatment and everything you need to know)

“Pet parents should be extra careful as their babies are more prone to skin infections or waterborne diseases during monsoons,” says Dr. Vinod Sharma, Chief Veterinary Officer at DCC Animal Hospital.

From keeping your baby’s paws dry to general grooming, here’s a list of things you should pay attention to if you have a dog.

1. Good nutrition: Nutritious food has a direct impact on the animal’s fur. It is very important, especially during the monsoons, that the pet dog receives a balanced meal containing zinc, omega 3 and 6.

2. Good grooming: A well cared for dog is a healthy dog. Grooming the dog is not only to keep him looking clean and tidy, but also to keep ticks, fleas and infections away. During the monsoon season, periodic grooming is essential for your dogs. In the rains, everything is wet, and therefore the chances of catching an infection are much higher. Please ensure good hygiene is maintained for the dog. Cleaning the ears, cleaning the anal glands and maintaining overall clean skin are very important. In this season, there is a high chance of catching maggots, so extra precautions are necessary.

3. Keep fur dry: Skin problems are very common during the rainy season. Be sure to dry your pet’s coat thoroughly after a bath or if it gets wet from the rain. Damp fur is an inviting bed for fungal or bacterial infections and it is imperative to keep it dry and clean. You can use antifungal powder to maintain hygiene.

4. Wipe paws several times: Your pet’s paws come into contact with many viruses and bacteria on the ground. Especially when you go out for a walk after the rains, the roads are muddy and dirty and that means more bacteria. You should keep your dog’s paws dry and clean as much as possible. You can use warm water and soft towels to clean the paws. Keep nails trimmed and you can also buy pet shoes if the need arises.

5. Deworming: There is a much higher chance of your dog catching worm-related illnesses during the monsoon season. Consult your veterinarian and make sure your pet receives the correct deworming tablets and vaccines.

6. Be very careful when walking: Walks are a must for all dogs. All dogs need physical activity and fresh air, but during the monsoon the roads are flooded and dirty. Walking on muddy roads can be toxic to pets. Since dogs often lick their paws or skin, toxins can be ingested and this can lead to gastric or other issues. Finally, the skin can become infected. So go there on foot but also avoid really muddy or waterlogged paths. Take extra care to clean and dry the skin after a walk. If you observe any unusual itching or biting, seek veterinary advice immediately.

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