Just because it’s raining cats and dogs, it shouldn’t mean that dogs and cats should be out in the rain. How do you survive the rain with your cat or dog if pets and rain are not a good mix? Although some pets love to play with water, some dread it. So if your pets love taking a shower, they probably love the rain too. Common practices like walking dogs or cats in wet weather or leaving your car or dog outside in the rain should be put to a stop! Instead, learn how to keep your dog or cat dry in the rainy season. Pet parents, welcome your furbaby into your home with open arms because rainy days are the best time to give hugs and cuddle all day long, and earn a few pet safety tips you could easily do!

10 Tips to Protect Your Pets Safe During The Rainy Season 

  1. Shelter

Pets in the rain is a sad sight! You don’t want your furbaby feeling isolated while the weather gets rough. Ensure that your furbaby has constant access to covered shelter. If your furbaby roams freely outdoors while you’re not around, leave a small door for him to enter the house or any covered shelter that could protect him from the rain.

If your cat or dog are left outside in the rain, your well ventilated outdoor kennel, will now need to be covered from rain and wind blowing into it. Consider the roof for leaks, and flooring. There should be no openings where unwelcome cold and water could come in. The outdoor kennel itself, should be within a secure location, like a garage, and not exposed on its own.

  1. Access to higher ground

For areas that are prone to flooding during a strong down pour, ensure that your furbaby has access to higher grounds that they can reach themselves, even when you’re not home. As water levels rise, you don’t want your furbaby caught in any flood waters as this could expose them to trauma and disease. It’s best to teach your cat or dog how to survive in the rain just in case you’re not at home when the downpour happens.

  1. Minimize exposure to floodwater

Flood water carries a host of harmful pathogens. As much as possible, keep your furbaby away from flood water as it may contain harmful bacteria that can cause your pet to fall ill. Pets might be tempted to play with the floodwater or worse, drink it.

  1. Warm and Dry Bedding

Higher humidity levels and lower temperatures mean pets can feel the cold too. Add in some extra blankets or a mattress to help keep your furbaby in a steady sate of cuddly warm. Observe how your furbaby sleeps; is he curled up instead of their usual spread out position? This may mean he’s cold and will need a little help from a blanket to keep warm and maybe add in their extra toy for some added comfort.

Leaving dog out in rain

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  1. Comfort each other

Pets feel the blues too on rainy days, making them feel lazy to do anything. Extra warm hugs and cuddling in bed with your furbaby are just what you need to fight the blues. This way, you and your furbaby feel warm and comfortable.

Some pets get anxious and scared when there’s thunder and lightning. You’ll find your furbaby either curled up in a secure area of the room or hiding under big pieces of furniture. Some pets get so scared that they how throughout the night. Giving your pets medicine for anxiety should be the last resort. In the meantime, give your pet some comfort by staying close to him and try to cuddle him if he permits. If your pet shows sign of fear, don’t leave him or he might tear up the place while you’re gone.

How to calm a dog during thunder

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  1. Suit Up!

How do you keep your cat or dog dry in the rain? Great news, pet stores also sell pet clothing too, including rain coats! As weather conditions allow, give your cat or dog rain gear, like a pet rain coat, to be able to bring them out for their daily exercise, yet be prepared for any sudden downpours. Choose brightly colored rain gear so your furbaby may be easily spotted when walking your dog or cat in wet weather. However, if you ask our Pet Care Advisors if you should walk your cat or dog in the rain, they’ll advice against walking cats and dogs in heavy rain to avoid your pet from catching any diseases.

Cute Dog Raincoats

  1. Check for Mold

Moisture and lack of sunlight make mold more prevalent during the rainy season. Check that your furbabies food, collar, blanket, drinking and food bowls haven’t grown any mold. Mold can cause illness and respiratory infections.

Due to high moisture, there is a higher chance for mushrooms to grow on damp and wet surfaces. Check your yard first before letting your furbaby go out and play. Some mushroom variants can be poisonous to pets, so have them removed right away. You wouldn’t want your furbaby suffering from any illnesses.

  1. Keep them clean

There’s nothing like snuggling with a warm furbaby during cold and rainy weather. Pets become more susceptible to sicknesses and catching fleas and ticks. If your pet gets wet, immediately dry his fur completely and clean his paws. Check for any fleas and ticks that may have decided to reside on your pet. If you spot any, it’s best to call your veterinarian and schedule a check-up.

You may notice that the extra humidity can make your pets coat stinky and damp from sweat! You can keep this under control, while minimizing the risk of giving your pet a cold from frequent bathing by opting for warm water baths or spray your furbaby with an all-natural dry shampoo to keep them clean and fresh!

dog hygiene tips

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  1. Bring them In

In extreme weather conditions such as typhoons. Have your furbaby ‘indoor ready’. This means being prepared to bring them into your home. Ready their kennel, creature comforts, and food dishes in a suitable spot, while you weather the storm together.

  1. Provide proper nutrition

Part of every pet’s nutrition is going outdoors to get the vitamins they need, and since they won’t be able to, pet parents need to help compensate for this. Proper pet nutrition must be given to help keep up their immunity. During the rainy season, dogs should eat less to avoid indigestion and to set off their lack of exercise, while cats should eat more (animal protein and fat sources) because cats need more energy in cold weather. Pet parents need to be proactive, providing only good quality pet food to ensure the provision of a complete and balanced diet to their furbabies. A clean bowl of water should be readily available to your pet.

Cat scared of rain

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Pets and rain are not a good mix, but pets will always want to jump around and play wherever and whenever. The last thing you want is your furbaby to get sick! Whether you’re walking you’re walking your dog or cat in wet weather or trying to survive in the rain with your cat or dog, the best thing you can do as a pet parent is be ready, be aware and be proactive.

References:

Vetstreet.com

Mypawsitivelypets.com