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Taking care of your DOG during the rains
Dogs are not happy staying indoors when it rains. Going out unprepared is also not healthy for them. As a responsible dog owner, you must prepare your dog well before you go out together, and even when you stay inside your home. Dogs are creatures of habit and altering their routine massively due to rains can affect their physical and psychological wellbeing. It is never an excuse for a dog to stay cooped up inside when it is pouring out. All you need to do is be aware of the safety and protective measures when it is time to walk in the rain. Listed are some ways on how you should care for your dog when it’s wet outside:
Keep your dog’s fur dry. Wet or damp fur is an ideal incubation area for fungi and bacteria. Make sure that you rub down your dog before and after your walk. You can also blow dry your dog to fend off the dampness. During the rainy season, bathing your dog can be tedious and messy. Make sure that you dry your dog well after a bath.
Clean your dog’s paws. Paws are sensitive. They are exposed to the ground all the time. This is the reason why they are prone to infection. It is ideal to make your dog wear protective boots or shoes during the rainy season. Doing so will prevent mud, water, grass, and insects from getting into their paws. If your dog is not used to paw-wear, you could just wipe off and clean your dog’s paws after the walk. It could also help if you trim the fur in that area, especially if you have a long-haired breed such as a golden retriever, Afghan hound, Shih Tzu, or Irish setter.
Keep your dog’s bedding dry. There is nothing better than having a warm, dry bed to sleep in during the rainy season. If your dog is used to spending time on the terrace or balcony, a covered resting area with dry bedding should be provided. All food or drinking bowls should be covered as well. During the rainy season, any surface gets cold, and this could harm your dog’s joints. The bedding should be changed frequently to prevent bacteria from accumulating
Clean your dog’s ears. Your dog could contract ear infections during the rainy season. Moisture easily accumulates in dogs with closed ears such as Dachshunds, Labradors, and Basset Hounds. Ear wax and moisture come together and cause ear infections. Just like the paws, ears should always be kept dry, especially after your walk outside.
Conduct activities inside the house. If it’s raining hard, outdoor activities are not going to be pleasant. Your only resort is to have activities for your dogs inside the house. Long walks are not possible so you could just play fetch or perform tricks in your house or garage. If you live in an apartment building, you could take your dog up and down the stairs instead of just using the elevator. This would be good exercise for you as well.
Pay attention to feeding. When it’s raining too much, dogs often develop food allergies. You should make sure that you monitor your dog’s diet. Adding more fruits and vegetables into your dog’s diet will provide additional fiber. More fiber in your dog’s food will allow regular bowel movements. Balance out the level of activity with the food intake.
Be on the lookout for infections. It is very irritating for dogs when they have infections. During the rainy season, infections are usually rampant. Signs that your dog has such infections or allergies are constant licking of body parts, scratching, odorous ears, and itching. Itchiness may indicate fungal/bacterial infections or allergies. These can be caused by the inability of moisture to escape from the skin’s surface. Dog breeds that have deep skin folds, such as boxers and pugs, are prone to such skin infections. Be sure to consult your vet once you notice signs of infections and allergies.