The rain provides humans with relief, especially when its scorching hot outside. However, the same cannot be said for pets. Cats and dogs love to go out and play, getting their vitamins and supplements while they’re at it. The rain only dampens their spirits, either scaring them or making them too lazy to do anything.

Pet nutrition and health is vital, most especially during the rainy season. You might be asking, “Is there anything I need to do differently during the rainy season?” The answer is yes! Like humans, pets need extra care during this time. This does not only involve food, but also, their physical, psychological and emotional aspects, too. The best pet nutrition is given when all areas are covered, and pet parents don’t want to take this away from their pets just because it’s raining. This can be an even bigger problem if your pet goes outside every day.

Going outdoors during the rainy season makes pets more vulnerable to various diseases, mostly due to the high moisture content in the air. These diseases can range from diarrhea and vomiting to leptospirosis, which could get worse if not treated accordingly.

As a pet parent, it’s imperative to stay on top of your pet’s nutrition and health by being proactive in all aspects. They may be furry, but pets too, feel the changing seasons. All pet parents will benefit from knowing the following pet nutrition tips to keep your pets nothing but safe and toasty warm, ideally wrapped up in a blanket or loving embrace, regardless of the gloomy weather. Below are 10 things you need to know about pet nutrition during the rainy season.

10 Things You Need to Know About Pet Nutrition During the Rainy Season

 

  1. Stock up on Food

A lot of pets lack proper nutrition, especially when fed with homemade food. Pets complement this by getting their much-needed vitamins and minerals outdoors. With the rain stopping them, pet parents need to step in.

Have some canned food recipes ready for any extreme weather conditions where going out isn’t advisable, or where your go-to pet food establishments are closed. It’s always good to have something nutritious and easy to prepare for a hungry furbaby.

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  1. Dogs Should Eat Less

Food is essential to good pet nutrition. During the rainy season, don’t over feed your pet. Instead, lessen the amount of food you give to your dogs to avoid indigestion, as dogs tend to exercise less when it’s raining. You can opt for a reduced calorie dog food recipe to keep their nutrition up but their calorie count down.

grain free dog food

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  1. Cats Should Eat More

How much should you feed your cat during the rainy season? Which is better for cats, wet or dry food? How often should I feed my cats wet food?

Cats, on the other hand, may require more food because cold weather increases cats’ energy needs. Feed your cat approximately 15% more food during the rainy season. This increase should come from animal protein and fat sources, as this is what cats naturally metabolize to create energy. There is a need to balance both wet and dry food, and ensure that your cat has complete and balanced meals. There are many healthy cat food brands available that offer organic or all natural ingredients.

cat feline greenies smart bites

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  1. Keep Up Their Immunity

Every guide to pet nutrition will include boosting your furbabies’ immunity. A few simple and easy things you can do is to keep your furbabies warm, their resting areas dry and get pet essentials such as vaccinations and de-worming done before the rainy season starts.

The humidity and lessened sunlight will make them more susceptible to respiratory diseases. You may consult with your veterinarian and our Pet Care Advisors on what type of foods and supplements your furbaby should take. For instance, pets with joint problems will feel pain more in colder temperatures, so you may want to consider glucosamine chondroitin.

  1. Hydrate

Make your furbabies freshwater supply always available to keep them hydrated. Do not expose them to fallen rain water, such as on the streets, as they could get very sick. Street water can carry a host of diseases and pathogens that your furbaby may not be immune to.

Part of pet nutrition is giving safe food and water to your pet. During the rainy season, food and water should not be exposed to open air due to possible contamination. This could lead to digestive disorders and gastroenteritis.

  1. No Mushroom Munching!

Beware of mushrooms that usually grow and thrive on damp and wet surfaces, as they can be poisonous to pets. They usually pop up in your yard, so keep an eye out! Check your yard for any mushrooms and have them removed before letting you furbaby outside.

  1. Consider Calming Drops

Daily exercise goes hand-in-hand with pet nutrition in maintaining your pet’s health. Going outside when it’s raining can be a health hazard for you and your pet. If it’s not pouring too hard, you can take your furbaby outside for a quick walk, but make sure he wears a rain coat to protect his fur. When you get home, properly dry his fur and clean his paws to avoid any diseases from lingering. If you can’t walk outside, engage in some good indoor playtime.

Like humans, pets tend to feel lazy too during the rainy season, so be ready to encourage your pet to get moving. You can climb up and down the stairs or play fetch with a frisbee or a ball. During times like these, it’s good to have some toys as part of your pet essentials. With regular exercise, pets stay cheerful, energetic and maintain good blood circulation in the body. 

  1. Fur

One of the most obvious signs of good pet nutrition is a pet’s fur. A glossy and shiny coat will tell the world that your pet is getting the best nutrition, eating the best pet food here is and probably goes to a good groomer too! The rainy season might just get in the way of that. Pets are more susceptible to body odor, sweat and gastroenteritis, requiring every pet parent to take extra precautionary measures. This includes drying fur, cleaning paws and watching for fleas and ticks. While it’s still pouring outside, it’s best to let your pets stay indoors.

glossy and shiny coat for dogs

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  1. Psycho Pets

Lightning and thunder frighten pets. They’re left shaken up with nothing left to do but hide in dark covered corners of the house. Out of fear, they get nightmares and howl throughout the night. If your pet is scared, give him a hug and keep them warm and comfortable for as long as possible. Leaving your pets along could result to negative behavior (e.g. Aggressiveness, destruction of furniture).

Lightning and thunder can make your pet anxious. You may want to consider homeopathic calming drops, which you could incorporate into their food to promote their sense of calm. Do not coddle your dogs and cats, as this could reinforce their behavior, that they have reason to be scared, instead, put them somewhere they feel safe, and let them see you go about doing things normally, indicating that the weather is nothing to be frightened of.

  1. Hygiene

Complementing good hygiene with pet nutrition is an excellent precautionary measure that every pet parent should take during the rainy season. Keeping fur and paws clean, including cages and feeding bowls, can help fight against worm infections. Provide your pet with clean drinking water and food at all times.

Precautionary measures during the rainy season are very important, because even pets need extra care when seasons change. As pet parents, we only want to provide the best pet nutrition, and this guide to pet nutrition and health will help ease all those concerns and worries. Good pet nutrition involves all aspects including dietary needs, and physical, psychological and emotional support. Our furbabies are very much dependent on us and we owe it to them to show our love and support when they need it most.

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References

pets.thenest.com

pethealthnetwork.com

petattack.com