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Pets and pitter-patter

entertainment Updated: Jul 12, 2010 01:29 IST
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Monsoon means taking extra care of your furred and feathered friends. Here’s how:



Like humans, pet pooches and other animals need more care during the rains. Here are some things to keep in mind:



Most dogs are afraid of the sound of thunder-storms and lightning. Try keeping the pet inside the house, preferably in a room that has a bed under which it can hide. Keep windows and doors closed so that it doesn’t have to suffer from too much noise.



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Once your dog returns from its walk, wipe the paws and legs with warm water and a small amount of antiseptic lotion mixed in it, to avoid infections.



Humidity can cause a rise in bacteria if the dog’s fur is not dried properly. Keep a towel for your dog so that it can be given a thorough dry wipe. Every time you give your pooch a bath, ensure that its skin is dry.



Keep medicines to tackle an upset tummy, common during this season. Visit a vet if it prolongs.



Stray animals, too, need our help during monsoon, especially in form of shelter. If a dog takes shelter from the rain underneath your car or comes an sits on the porch, don’t shoo it away, as it is most likely to leave as soon as it stops pouring. Also, due to restriction in movement, it becomes difficult for them to find food. Feed them.



If you come across a nest that has been thrown off due to heavy rains and has hatchlings, try to take it to a bird hospitals such as Charity Birds Hospital in Chandni Chowk (Tel: 32909216). Else, place it on a high level under a safe wall in sight.