Keep your pets safe this Diwali

2016-10-19 06:00
Photo: sourced Ensure the presence of at least one family member around your pet throughout the evening.

Photo: sourced Ensure the presence of at least one family member around your pet throughout the evening.

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DIWALI is almost upon us and we are all excited about that! Eating sweets, painting rangoli, lighting earthen lamps (diyas) and our favorite thing to do – bursting fireworks, this is what Diwali means to us.
But what is fun to us, is also the reason for severe health issues for many of our furry friends, what is ritual to us, is also the reason why so many animals have anxiety attacks which lead to horrible accidents.
Instead of making Diwali the time of the year when Hindus celebrate a centuries old tradition ignoring the feelings of thousands and thousands of four-legged friends across the country, let’s try to employ few changes in our homes that will entail some small sacrifices on our part but also ensure an environment to keep our pets safe during Diwali.

1. From the sights

What looks like pretty, bright lights to you, will not appear the same to your pet. To them, Diwali is a time of blinding flashes across the sky and glaring diyas, candles and other lights all around their home. It’s a must to keep your pets indoors during this time, when the skies are bursting with dazzling firecrackers. It’s better if you can keep them in one room which they are familiar with. Ensure that the room has thick heavy curtains across the window, to protect them from the sights of Diwali.

2. From the sounds

Animal hearing is many times stronger and sharper than human hearing. So that loud firecracker that sounds like fun to you, probably sounds a thousand times worse to them. If it’s possible, then soundproofing one room is a step in the right direction. Make sure they have plenty of food, water and toys to distract them in the room. If it’s a dog, it’s better to take him on a potty run before all the festivities start; if it’s a cat, make sure he has access to a litter tray in the room. Keep the windows and doors shut, so that your pet doesn’t run out when they hear a loud bang.

3. From the smells

The pollution from bursting crackers are actually more harmful for the animals than they are for us. Pets might suffer from anxieties and other health issues because of the polluted air during Diwali. It is better to assure that you have a dependable vet ready at a moment’s notice if your pet develops any kind of health issues.

4. From fire

There will be a lot of fire around – from diyas, candles, stray firecrackers. If your pet is let loose among all this, chances are that they might get burnt, or get scared and run off and hurt themselves. A quick trim to shorten that thick coat of silky fur might actually reduce chances of catching fire. If possible keep all diyas and candles away from their reach – maybe up on the roof where they won’t have any access.

5. Post Diwali distressing

After all the hoopla of Diwali is over, you as a pet-parent still can’t rest in peace. Chances are that your pet will still be very strung up and stressed out, so a quick session of destressing might come in useful right about now. If you have a happy little canine buddy on your hands, take him out for a day in a nice big dog park. Let him loose with a bunch of other puppy pals, and let him blow off some steam with some good old fashioned play time. If you have a backyard, you can also organise a treasure hunt for him by hiding little doggy treats all over the place for his busy little nose to sniff out.

If your pet is a judgy little feline, then you would know that generally not much frazzles her. But let’s not take chances during Diwali. Cats have a higher tendency to run away than dogs, so if you can’t ensure to keep all your doors and windows locked at all times, make sure that your kitty has a collar with her name and your address and phone number on the nametag. You can try tiring her out by giving her an extra dose of catnip in the afternoon and then playing with her till the celebrations start.

Quick Pointers

-Keep them indoors (and not the roof or the balcony).
-Ensure the presence of at least one family member around your pet throughout the evening.
-Try to have a noise free Diwali.
-Make sure they are relaxed and well-played with before the celebrations start.
-Have your vet’s emergency contact number on hand.
-Keep the contact details of all animal shelter and pet rescue groups around.
-Provide them access to places to hide – like under the bed, igloo-style cat/dog bed, cardboard boxes, high up lofts, etc.
-Choose eco-friendly lighting to ensure lesser stress for your baby.

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