Taking Care of Your Dog When it Rains
We’ve been seeing an awful lot of rain in Southern California lately. While we definitely need it, it can cause some trouble for our furry friends. Fortunately, taking care of your dog when it rains isn’t that difficult.
Get out of the house
Being cooped up inside can be bad for your dog’s physical and psychological health. Just like us, dogs need regular exercise and time outdoors. They are creatures of habit and a sudden change in routine can cause them a lot of stress. A pet that is stressed out is more likely to fall ill. If you normally go out for a walk during the day, that shouldn’t change because of the rain. However, there are precautions you should take before venturing outside with your dog.
Protect them from the elements
Your dog’s fur coat can only protect them so much. When wet, it becomes a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. After walking in the rain, it is extremely important to dry your dog as much as possible. Also, unless you will be visiting the groomer, only use dry shampoo when bathing your dog during the rainy season.
Your dog’s feet are especially vulnerable to infection. When walking in the rain, protect your dog’s feet with boots or shoes. If your dog will not tolerate this, wipe their feet well after they’ve spent any amount of time in the rain. If you have a long-haired breed, have your groomer trim the hair between their pads to further prevent infection.
Keep their bedding dry
Everyone needs a warm, dry place to rest. If your pet normally sleeps outdoors, bring them inside, or at least make sure they have a covered area for when it rains. Also, put down dry bedding so that they don’t have to sleep on the cold ground. Their food and water bowls should be covered as well.
Keep their ears clean
As moisture accumulates in a dog’s warm ears, bacteria begin to multiply. This is why ear infections are so common when it rains. The best way to ward off infection is by keeping your dog’s ears clean and dry during the rainy season.
If your dog has been getting muddy in the rain, consider bringing them in for a bath. Contact us at 714-962-1005 to set up an appointment today.