After the scorching heat, monsoon definitely brings a refreshing change for us as well as our furry friends. Our dogs love their outdoor time and pleasant walks. But the season also brings potential risks for your furry friends. The increased humidity and damp environment can lead to infections and skin allergies in your pets. To ensure the well-being of your pets during the monsoon Nitika Ahlawat, a certified canine trainer from The Golden Grey, list some essential tips to keep in mind for taking care of your pets.
⦁ Regular Grooming:
Staying on top of your dog’s grooming routine during the monsoon season is crucial. The high humidity levels can foster the growth of bacteria and germs in their fur, posing potential health risks. However, regular grooming can significantly reduce the number of allergens present in your pet’s fur. It helps in removing loose hair, dander, and external allergens that might have settled on their fur during outdoor activities.
Monika Stuczen, Research Scientist in Microbiology at Dyson, says: “The impact pets have in the home goes beyond what we can see. Effectively removing pet hair is important, but pet dander with dried-on saliva is a problem which is invisible to the naked eye. These microscopic particles can carry allergy-causing proteins around the home. Lightweight and miniscule, they can remain airborne for hours or transfer between objects. Research has even found cat allergens in rooms where cats have never been. So, the proper filtration found in Dyson machines is vital to maintain a cleaner whole-home environment.”
The Dyson Pet Groom tool can make pet grooming less messy and more efficient. It is designed to brush and remove loose pet hair and dander directly into the bin. Coupled with Dyson’s cordless vacuums that are equipped with powerful suction, advanced filtration, and are fully sealed, this prevents it from spreading around your home. It is equipped with 364 stainless steel bristles that are angled at 350 and flex to an upright position as you brush so they penetrate your pet’s coat to grab loose hairs for fast and comfortable grooming.
⦁ Keep them Dry, especially the Paws and ears:
After your furry friend enjoys outdoor playtime, wiping their paws is something you should not miss. This helps remove any viruses and bacteria they may have picked up from the ground. Using warm water and soft towels, gently clean their paws to ensure thorough cleansing.
Make sure you keep their fur dry before and after their daily walks or outdoor time. You may pat them with a towel or even use a gentle hair dryer from a distance. For walks, you can also use a dog raincoat to protect them from sudden showers.
⦁ Cleaning Pet Bedding and Belongings:
The pet’s bedding, toys and designated areas can be a source of allergens. Washing your pet’s bedding regularly helps eliminate allergens that may have accumulated over time. Use hypoallergenic detergent and hot water to effectively remove dust mites, pollen, and other allergens.
For other areas including carpets, rugs, and furniture, vacuum it regularly to remove allergens and pet dander which are settled on these surfaces. The Dyson V15 Detect Absolute™ is one of my favourite and it comes with a Digital Motorbar™ cleaner head which powerfully sucks up dust and hair from all floors. With a detangling comb in the bar, hair is automatically cleared from the brush bar as you vacuum. Nothing gets stuck and affects suction power, which happens with traditional vacuums.
⦁ Tick and Flea Control:
Humidity during the monsoon season becomes a breeding ground for ticks and fleas. Ensure that your dog’s sleeping area is clean and free of these pests. In addition to regularly cleaning and drying their bedding, use appropriate tick and flea control measures, as recommended by your veterinarian, to keep your furry friend protected. Check for potential ticks and flea more frequently than you do in other seasons.
⦁ Combat Pet Shedding:
While most of the shedding in pets is completed by June, some of them still shed until late July, which means their hair is not just on their beds or baskets but also in the nooks and corners of your homes. Dyson vacuums are designed for targeted cleaning, even on smaller surface areas, and their powerful suction and filtration systems can efficiently suck and remove pet hair. It does quick, on-the-spot cleaning whenever you see pet hair around, so shedding doesn’t accumulate over time and trigger allergies. So, to maintain proper hygiene in all the living spaces, it’s a good idea to vacuum regularly.
While the monsoon can be a fun time for pets and their owners, it is important to be mindful of the potential risks associated with the change in season. By taking these precautions, pet owners can ensure that their beloved pets can enjoy the rainy season in comfort and good health.