Reining in Rain Troubles

While rain may bring cheer to people for a number of reasons. For pets, especially dogs, it is the time to watch out for water-borne diseases.

Published: 22nd July 2015 01:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2015 01:38 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: We love the rain, but getting wet and sticky is another story altogether. Well, most of our dogs may be the same. They love the rain. However, they may not like to get wet, but just love to watch it pour. You may think that your dog will not catch a cold since it doesn’t get drenched, but have you wondered about those small puddles that they tend to scamper into or worse, lick them?

“The sewage system in the city is bad and the bacteria that puddles hold are harmful! Licking their paws after a walk on a rainy day can cause infections or worse,” warns veterinarian Dr Priyadarshini Govind.

Rohit Koliyot, a pet owner, narrates an incident when his two-year-old pet Zoki licked something off the road, one rainy day.

“During the rains last year, Zoki licked something outside and then she couldn’t walk! It almost seemed like she had arthritis for a week. The doctor said that it was a water-borne virus that she had caught from outside,” he says.

Dr Priyadarshini offers some tips related to grooming.“They need regular grooming. When you go for a walk, they get damp. Once back home, make sure you dry their coat and brush thoroughly or it may lead to skin problems. Always wash their paws because stagnant water may hold contamination of urine and other infections,” she says.

Chitra, a pet owner, takes one step further when it comes to taking care of her cross-breed dog Bolt. Every time Bolt returns after a short or a long walk, I give him a vigorous hot water bath or a sponge bath and brush him.

“I add apple cidar vinegar to his drinking water,” she adds.

Dr R Sokkalingam of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says, “It is used to improve the dog’s digestion. But during the rainy season, it is best to apply it on his coat to remove fungus when he gets wet.”

Though Bolt dislikes water and getting drenched in the rain, he loves to watch it pour fand he falls asleep, right there. But rain has some advantages too

“Since the weather becomes cold, you get to hug your pet and go to sleep,” says Koliyot. Rainy days are almost like any other normal day, just that some extra care has to be given as they are prone to water-borne diseases. Another concern is the lightning and thunder. Some dogs get scared when they hear thunder. Some pet owners seem oblivious to the fact that the reason behind the sudden spree of barks is the thunder and lightning.

“When there is thunder, it really scares them. They cower and come to you, to seek protection. Always be close to your dog during that time as it can get them agitated,” advises Rohit.

Stay up to date on all the latest Chennai news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp