Diwali, the festival of lights, is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the festivities but with our furry best friends!
The true essence of a festival is in celebrating together. With the same idea, we bring you some tips for having a pet-friendly Diwali celebration.
How to help dogs during Diwali?
- Pledge to say no to crackers. Ask others too.
- Ask the naysayers to at least burst crackers in a limited and centralized location, so that animals are exposed to lesser noise.
- Take your dog out for a walk during the day before the fireworks begin.
- Shut the windows to cease the aftermath of firecrackers. Turn up the volume on the television or radio to help limit the external noise.
- Ensure to reprimand/report anyone teasing stray animals. (No tying crackers to tails or hurling a live fire on an innocent animal.
- Help any stray animal on the road into your garden or garage and feed them food and water.
- Put up posters in your society/school/college/office notice board asking people to be kind to stray animals.
- Consult a veterinarian if your pets are showing acute discomfort or distress from loud noises or smoke.
- Keep a list of local NGO contacts/municipal boards/vet(s) in case you find an injured animal in your locality or on the road. Keep a first-aid kit ready with you too.
- The loose hanging electricity cords may tempt the dog as playthings and increase the risk of getting entangled or electrocuted. Keep them off reach from your pets.
- Lamps and candles should be kept out of your pet’s reach to avoid accidental burns.
- Ensure that your pets are wearing identification tags with your contact information.
- If your dog is getting too anxious, you may consider giving him Anxocare which helps control anxiety due to fear and emotional stress.
Noise and the dogs
The canine sense of hearing is far more developed than humans. They can hear about 4 times the distance of a human who has normal hearing. Dogs detect sounds in the frequency range of approximately 67 – 45,000 Hz (varies with different breeds), compared to humans with the approximate range of 64 – 23,000 Hz. So you can very well imagine how ghastly these sounds of crackers must be to their ears.
Here’s wishing all of our readers a happy, prosperous and a noise free Diwali!