Chennai Rains: How to keep stray animals and pets safe


As Chennai braces for per week of torrential downpour, listed here are a number of suggestions to keep the animals round you safe

For pets

Keep your pets heat, comfy and dry throughout the rains; protecting them indoor as a lot as attainable is one of the best ways to forestall infections. Pets might be susceptible to quite a few infections throughout the monsoon. Cold, cough, pneumonia and respiratory diseases are widespread; keep away from getting them moist within the rain.

Hygiene is vital throughout damp or moist climate. Worm and pores and skin infections, comparable to pododermatitis, and ear infections are widespread. This might be prevented by guaranteeing common (however not very frequent) baths, and by protecting their paws, ears and fur clear to forestall ticks and fleas.

If you notice an injured, orphaned or distressed animal throughout the monsoon, attain out to native animal welfare organisations and rescue teams. For Chennai, these embrace:

  • Ashwath: 9500149181
  • Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary: 8012634271
  • Cloud No 9: 9176047608
  • Bay of Life: 9940488880
  • Aditya: 9176047608
  • Blue Cross: 9176025265/9677297978

Ensure that the water they drink is clear, ideally boiled or purified. Water-borne illnesses, comparable to gastroenteritis and leptospirosis, can unfold by ingesting contaminated water.

Take your canine out for a stroll in dry areas. Avoid water-logged roads as they could possibly be susceptible to bites from mosquitoes, rats and even snakes.

Consult a certified vet for any well being points or for anti-anxiety remedy which may be wanted, particularly in case your pet suffers from anxiousness throughout heavy rains and thunderstorms.

For strays

Provide shelter, dry areas and larger floor to stray animals as a lot as attainable. Simple measures comparable to protecting your gate open and constructing momentary shelters in your compound (utilizing cardboard packing containers, tarpaulins) for them to take shelter, go a good distance in serving to them.

In dry areas, lay out previous rugs or sacks for them as it should assist keep them heat. Keep a bowl of water and feed them a heat meal if attainable as stray animals battle to discover meals throughout the monsoon.