The festival of lights has arrived and, like every other year, people are excited to celebrate this festival with diyas, good food, and fire crackers. For most people, this festive season brings joy and promises a lot of fun, but light, noise, and colour can be frightening for animals.
Most animals are not comfortable with a sudden rise in noise and light during Diwali and may suffer from anxiety or mood swings during this period. That apart, pets are also exposed to the risk of being injured by fireworks.
While Diwali is truly a wonderful festival to celebrate, we must make sure we make it wonderful and enjoyable for everyone, including animals. For an all-inclusive Diwali this season, we bring you some tips that will ensure your pets are safe and comfortable.
Consult a vet
It is important to keep your dog calm and stress-free. Consult a vet to find out if your dog needs to take an anti-anxiety medication on Diwali.
Keep a first-aid kit handy
Make a first-aid kit and keep it ready and accessible in case of an injury. Find out which vets would be available on that day, in case of a mishap.
Dispose of used crackers safely
Keep the used crackers in a bucket and make sure you keep them in a place where your pet can’t reach them. It is always a good idea to brief your guests about proper disposal of used crackers.
Don’t leave your dog alone at home on Diwali
This can be a very stressful time for your pets and leaving them alone might make their situation worse.
Make pet collars
Make sure your pets are wearing collars and identification tags with current contact information if you are celebrating Diwali outdoors.
Keep your doors and windows closed
Keep your doors and windows closed and draw your curtains to minimise the noise and light pollution and make your home as comfortable for them as possible.
Use environment-friendly materials
Decorate your house with environment-friendly materials like flowers, leaves, etc to make sure your dogs don’t come in touch with something that might cause skin infections and allergies, for instance, synthetic colours used to making rangolis.
Do celebrate a pet-friendly Diwali this year.