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This is how you can keep your pets from getting ill this monsoon

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 - 7:42am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

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Pune: Not only you but the monsoon season might spell some trouble for your pet as well as as wet paws and muddy furs can cause discomfort.

Veterinarians say that the most common problems that pets face during monsoon are fungal, yeast and bacterial infections, which might prove fatal in some cases.
According to experts, a good diet, timely vaccinations and careful monitoring can keep most seasonal problems ay bay. Veterinary physician Dr Suhas Bhokare says that infections in pets can be worrisome and one should watch out for symptoms such as constant itching or licking of body parts. “If you are taking your pet for a walk, make sure that you clean his paws with a mixture of warm water and antiseptic liquid,” says Dr Bhokare. Doctors also advise vaccination as a pre-monsoon prepardeness along with proper deworming. “Don’t allow pets to mingle with other non-vaccinated pets,” advises Dr Bhokare.
Dr Pradnya Dhokrikar, veterinary surgeon, says that only fresh food should be given to the pet in order to avoid food poisoning, vomiting and infections. “Infections from pets can spread to your family members as well. Also, try sticking to a primarily vegetarian diet. After bathing your pet, make sure that you dry his coat,” adds Dr Dhokrikar.

Beat the rainy day:
•Pets may have psychological issues such as getting scared of thunder and lightning too. Hug and comfort them and keep doors and windows shut if it rains.

•Taking pets out for a walk daily might be difficult during rains. So make them climb staircase instead

• Avoid making pets sleep in the open

• Use a medicated powder on their fur coats to keep them dry and free of infections

• Try sticking to a vegetarian diet

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