While coat care and tick-preventive measures are extremely important in the monsoon, it is just as important to keep an eye on what your pet eats and drinks. Dogs are most vulnerable to fungal infections, stomach infections and even worms in the monsoons. A watchful eye is essential to keep his tummy in order.

Walks

No matter how much you do to give them delicious meals at home, your dog will still find bits of food lying on the street irresistible. Keep a sharp eye on where he sniffs and what he tries to eat on his daily walks, eating these is likely to upset your pet’s tummy.

Water

In the monsoon, pets are prone to stomach upsets and issues like gastroenteritis because of the water they drink. Be careful to give them boiled water to keep these infection causing germs away. Stomach worms can also be a problem, so try to have them de-wormed in the beginning of the monsoon.

Easily Digested Diet

Light, healthy and nutritious meals are better in the monsoon. Make sure food and water does not stay out for too long. In the cold, senior pets may appreciate being given warm food. The number of meals depends on your pet’s size rather than his weight. Do not make meals too heavy, they should be high in fibre to keep the digestive system happy!

Observe

A fail-safe indicator of your pet’s digestive health is what comes out the other end. If his ‘business’ is runny and loose, you need to re-check the components of his diet. Taking the advice of a vet is advised.

Clean

It is not a good idea to leave food and water sitting out in his bowl for too long. Wash your pet’s bowls twice a day to keep them free of harmful germs. Ensure that your pet eats only fresh food. Keeping their environments clean and tidy goes a long way in ensuring their overall health is good.

A few well-placed rules and precautions makes the monsoon a safe and enjoyable season for both pet and parent.  Remember your best friend is an experienced vet whose advice and precautions you should rely on!