Has it been raining cats and dogs? While most of us are trying to stay warm and dry, don’t forget about your pet! Here are some rainy weather pet care tips for keeping your dog comfortable and dry:
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.
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. Paws could easily harbor pathogens or vectors of diseases. 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.
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