This week we chat about having pets in a country that isn’t really used to them, with Dr. Brina Bunt, a veterinarian who is also an expat in New Delhi.
Bunt works with the Jeevashram Foundation, which runs an animal shelter and clinic in the capital. Bunt talks to Mint about how to protect pets from the Delhi heat, whether or not to feed stray dogs, and the differences in pet care between India and the United States.
• Before adopting a dog, make sure you have the time, space and money to take care of it properly.
• Consider adopting a stray as opposed to a purebred animal. Strays make great pets and they are generally healthier than their counterparts.
• Spend quality time with your dog to build a life-long relationship, train your dog in basic obedience and do not neglect him.
• Give your pet a nutritious diet (they are not vegetarian) and be sure not to overfeed. Give him plenty of exercise and walks during the day.
• Develop a relationship with your veterinarian as proper veterinary care is essential and be sure to complete the puppy vaccination series and continue with the annual boosters as long as the dog lives.
• Keep your dog clean and regularly groomed.
• Do not leave your dog in a hot car, especially during the summer months, and make sure they always have access to water.
• Spay your pet to help reduce the spread of diseases such as rabies and help reduce the population of the stray dogs in India.