This monsoon season, pet owners must prepare and gear up to ensure their pets are safe and healthy. Pets can be susceptible to bacteria, virus, and other parasites that can compromise their overall wellbeing and cause a plethora of illnesses ranging from skin allergies and indigestion to more serious health issues such as respiratory problems.  

Committed to educating the Filipino pet community on proper pet care, the Pet Food Institute (PFI) educates pet owners on the common pet illnesses during the rainy season and how they can protect their pets from these pesky pests. 

Skin Allergies

The moist and humid weather the monsoon season brings can attract pests and other parasites to thrive in the skin and furs of dogs and cats. Fleas and ticks, the most common pests that feed on pets, can cause mild to severe skin allergies. 

One thing to observe is the petโ€™s scratching. It is usually normal for pets to scratch however excessive itching should be a cause for concern. Check into their fur and see any redness or irritation on their skin, and you will the see the mount of ticks or fleas inhabiting the petโ€™s body.

To combat this, pet owners must immediately seek treatment from their local veterinarian who will provide the proper care and treatment to address their petโ€™s skin allergy. If left untreated, skin allergies may cause hair loss and skin infections. Pets with dermatitis will even lose interest in engaging in physical activities and interactions. 

Intestinal Problems

Intestinal problems such as diarrhea is one of the most common diseases during the rainy season. If accompanied by loss of appetite, vomiting, and fever it may cause bacterial, viral, or fungal infection within their dog or catโ€™s digestive system. A common cause of diarrhea and intestinal problems in pets during the rainy season is found in their bowl. A dirty unkept bowl, much like a dirty puddle outside the house, is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. 

Pet owners are advised to always keep their petsโ€™ bowls clean and elevated to prevent bacteria and disease-carrying pests like cockroaches from contaminating their petโ€™s food or water. 

Respiratory Diseases

While pets may not develop the same kind of cold that humans may get, they can still develop respiratory diseases with symptoms similar to a cold.  Symptoms of respiratory diseases include sneezing, coughing or difficulty breathing. All of these can lead to serious health issues and pet owners should speak to a veterinarian. 

One way to prevent pets from developing these diseases during the monsoon months is by ensuring their pets are clean and dry. Pet owners may give their pets a regular bath however they must safeguard their petsโ€™ health by drying their fur and paws thoroughly and properly. It is also recommended to keep a petโ€™s toys and bowls clean. 

Pet Food Institute (PFI) is committed in educating pet owners about proper pet nutrition to keep pets healthy and happy. Through its local initiative, Well-Fed, Well-Nurtured campaign in partnership with the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines (VPAP), PFI seeks to advocate responsible pet ownership to the ever-growing Filipino pet community.

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