Puddles, mud and slush & mdash; & nbsp; traditional autumn companions. The Moscow Veterinary Committee has prepared guidelines for pet owners to help them provide proper care for their pet during this cold season.
The best defense & nbsp; not attack, but what?
Lower temperatures and higher air humidity due to frequent rains are ideal conditions for the multiplication of viruses and bacteria. This is why during this time, pets are more likely to suffer from infectious diseases.
“ Monitor the general condition of the animal & nbsp; and if he has lost his appetite. If suddenly there are symptoms of the disease & mdash; show your pet immediately to a specialist. Remember that the most reliable way to protect your pet from infectious diseases & mdash; this is the vaccine. You must vaccinate your pet every year ',' ' tagged veterinarian of the National Center for Emergency Veterinary Care Alexander Mednikov .
In addition, in October there is always a risk that during a walk your pet will be bitten by a tick, which can be a carrier of such a dangerous disease as piroplasmosis. Since dogs are susceptible to this disease, be sure to treat your quadruple companion for ticks.
No wet paws or ears!
If you and your four-legged friend walked after the rain or got caught in the rain, you should wipe and dry your pet's fur thoroughly at home.
“ Owners of dogs with hanging ears should pay extra attention to this process. Poorly dried ears can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to otitis media in a pet, and undressed paws and hair can lead to 'dermatitis', '' and mdash; added by the specialist.
Watch out for the little ones
High body temperature and coat help our four-legged friends cope better with the cold season, but owners of small (Yorkshire terriers, chihuahuas, toy terriers and pugs) and smooth-haired (e.g. beagles, Jack Russells , Dachshunds and French Bulldogs) dogs should be considered as characteristics of the breed. It is more difficult for these animals to regulate their body temperature, so they can freeze. With a strong cold snap, it is better to shorten the duration of walks with representatives of these breeds. For smaller dogs, special clothes can be purchased to protect them from hypothermia. Active play during walks will also help keep your pets warm.
Don't let chronic diseases get worse & nbsp;
Autumn humidity, lack of sunlight, drop in air temperature and changes in air pressure all contribute to the exacerbation of chronic diseases of the joints, eyes, ears , genitourinary system, as well as cardiorespiratory diseases.
“ If your pet has a chronic illness, carefully monitor his well-being during the cold season. If you notice any change, notify your veterinarian immediately. In the fall, in any case, you should not stop treatment and take the previously prescribed drugs. During this period, it is also not worth changing the diet and usual care & # 39; & # 39 ;, & mdash; the vet concluded. & nbsp;
We remind you that there are 26 state veterinary clinics in the capital. For consultation and provision of services, you can pre-make an appointment with a veterinarian online on the mos.ru portal, in the Moscow State Services mobile application. or by phone: +7 (495) 612-04-25.