Wet fur and muddy paws the perennial source of frustration for dog lovers can actually be harmful to pets with doctors pointing out that they are the main cause of infections and diseases in the canines. Veterinarians in the city are advising pet owners to take good care of their dogs,particularly during the monsoons when there is a spurt in the number of sick animals in the citys veterinary hospitals.
Even the hot and humid months of June and July are not conducive for pets,as the rising temperatures and rain-showers bring with them skin problems,fungal infections and dehydration.
Around 50-60 new cases and equal number of old cases are reported every day at the Veterinary Hospital in Sector-22. The number increases during monsoons,because dogs get wet in rainy season which is a main source of infections, said Lovelesh Kant Gupta,Joint Director,Animal Husbandry and Fishery department. Majority of the cases are regarding skin and fungal infections. The reason is that pet owners take their dogs out for walks during rains and do not dry them properly. Wet fur leads to scratching and and skin irritation, he added. Gupta further advised pet owners to to avoid taking their dogs out for a walk on wet grass.
I come across 15-20 new cases per day and majority of them are of dehydration and skin diseases, said Dr Sarabdeep Singh,incharge,Government Veterinary Hospital,Sector 38. This is a ticks breeding season,hence dogs should be treated on time to keep them ticks free. Contamination of water and food is very common during this hot and humid season. If hygiene is not taken care,it may lead to stomach disorder among dogs. Owners should change drinking water at least thrice a day and food once served should not be kept for long time in a bowl, he added.
Dr CB Singh,Veterinary doctor said: About 70 per cent of cases during monsoons are of skin problems. The symptoms are continues scratching,hair fall,redness on skin and smell. Scabies,which is a skin problem of dogs,if left untreated can impact human beings also.
He advised: If dog gets wet,then he must be thoroughly dried,as wet skin leads to skin problems. One can cover a dog before taking him out for a walk. He added that humid environment is very dangerous for dogs,people should avoid taking their dogs for long walks during hot and humid environment. Dogs should be kept in cooler environment.