GET PET-FRIENDLY THIS DIWALI
It’s almost the time of the year for colourful new clothes, diyas, sweets and, of course, noisy crackers. With new innovations coming in even in the field of fireworks, we see latest crackers in the market every year. Yes, it is fun to burst these crackers, but have you ever thought how our fourlegged companions react to this?
I still remember the Diwali two years ago when our five-year-old pet dog Malli went missing. We spent a whole night searching for her on every road, in every dustbin because we knew she is terrified of crackers. We were worried she would be hurt by them. Morning gave us some respite when we found her hiding in the neighbour’s motor room. Malli is just one of the many dogs who are petrified of crackers.
The worst scene on the road during Diwali is that of a terrified dog running helter-skelter because of cracker noises. Don’t you think you need to be more sensitive towards these animals?
❁ Dogs hear stuff seven times louder than human beings. No wonder even if a cracker bursts at a distance, they hear it well and get terrified. Imagine a cracker bursting right in front of them! It terrifies them totally.
❁ Not just do crackers terrify them. They also affect their eardrums. The loud noise can have a devastating effect on their eardrums.
❁ Many dogs due to their fear end up not eating properly and they hide in various corners of the house to protect themselves, like under the bed and under the sofa.
❁ It’s not just dogs but also birds who are affected by crackers. Rockets and other airborne crackers hurt flying birds often. The noise of crackers also scares birds and affects their cycle. Birds usually sleep by late evening and wake up early morning. But since we burst crackers late evening and late into the night, they are unable to sleep because they are scared of the noise. This affects their daily life cycle totally.
❁ With the festival being just round the corner, it will definitely help if we can all decide to get petfriendly this Diwali.
❁ Decide not to burst crackers this Diwali. Instead, light beautiful lamps and make your house look radiant.
❁ Sensitise your neighbourhood about the hazards of these crackers, both on animals and on human health.
❁ If your dog is scared of crackers, try to keep him or her indoors. Restrict walk times when there are fewer crackers.
❁ Playing music for them and keeping them close to you helps them feel better.
❁ In the western countries ear muffs for dogs are available which helps them cut off the noise.
❁ Speak to your vet and ask for some medicine which can help calm the animal and help them sleep for a while without fear.
A small step from one person can make a difference to the whole community. Let’s make this Diwali a pet-friendly Diwali. After all, our four-legged companions deserve the best for all the unconditional love they give us.