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Let’s make a vow to celebrate a pet-friendly Diwali
Despite of how colorless or stressful our lives have been throughout the year; the festival of Diwali illuminates our lives and houses with warmth and cheerfulness. The love and joy in the atmosphere around us let the gloom and difficulties take a backseat.
Diwali is also a celebration of togetherness and bonding but more often than not it triggers behavioral changes in pets and stray animals. These may include fear, anxiety, aggression, etc. Some hide, some bark while some even cease eating properly. Pets with shorter snout have respiratory problems during this period and many pets go missing and the pet parents aren’t able to track them down.
As for the strays, they go into hiding and come out only once the celebrations are done. Because of this, they lose the lookout for food and go hungry for several days. Also, many of them get injured due to crackers or come under moving vehicles due to the panic evoked.
Here are some simple ways you can enjoy a pet-friendly Diwali
· Firecrackers are not for pets: While loud noise invokes anxiety among furry-kids, it also causes air pollution and leads to respiratory issues. Make a vow to celebrate this Diwali without firecrackers and motivate others against them too!
· Comfort your pet: Though giving them the freedom to react the way they naturally do is the wise option, don't leave them alone because just the feeling of having you around can be enough to make your pets feel safe and comfortable.
· Comfort food: a bowl full of your pet’s loved food will help mitigate their stress and anxiety. Watch out for calories though! Make sure it not leads to overfeeding and obesity.
· Pets do not need sugar: Pets are already so sweet, they don’t need any kind of festive sweeteners added to their belly unless they are pet-friendly.
· Be kind: not only to your pet but other street animals too! Offer them food, pure water and shelter to rest during the festival days.
· Lavender mist: The lavender mist helps calm the anxiety of the pets and lets them rest peacefully.
· Toys and treats: Offer chew toys and treats to your pet to keep them engaged and distracted.
· Soothing music: Play soothing music to help them stay calm and preoccupied from the loud noise emerged due to the crackers.
Most particularly, ensure your pet is wearing a name tag around its neck for safety in case they escape. It helps others who found your dog reach out to you and get them back home safely.
Let's celebrate with love, light, and take an oath to make it a pet-friendly Diwali.
wishing you all and your family a happy and safe Diwali!!