This is not the summer most of us hoped for; days of warmth and sunshine have been replaced by rain, rain and more rain. The air is damp, and our yards are saturated and spongy. You are not the only one feeling waterlogged…chances are, your canine companion is as well.
Wet weather creates health hazards for your dog. Here are some tips to keep her healthy and safe:
- Damp fur is an incubation area for fungi and bacteria. Always dry off your dog with a towel or blow dryer if she comes inside with wet fur.
- Paws are also prone to infection. Mud, water, grass and insects can become trapped in your dog’s paws, with bacteria thriving in moist environments. Dry your dog’s paws, and keep fur trimmed between paw pads. Boots are another idea, but not one most dogs will embrace.
- Ears are susceptible as well. Moisture easily accumulates in dogs with closed ears such as Dachshunds, Labradors and Basset Hounds. Ear wax and moisture come together and cause ear infections. Just like the paws, ears should always be kept dry.
- Make sure your yard is safe. High winds can cause downed tree limbs, and heavy rain causes soft and slippery spots.
- Don’t ever take your dog swimming after heavy rains. Rivers, lakes and streams are full of bacteria, and have strong currents that even the strongest swimmers cannot handle.