Vets and animal welfare organisations say that keeping pets indoors while crackers are being burst during Diwali and staying with them will help the animals feel secure.
Ensure your pets are wearing a collar and attach an identification tag with your address and phone number so lost pets can be returned.
Diwali affect pets, families and homeless ones alike. Animals have a level of hearing that is much more sensitive than that of humans, which means every firecracker sounds earth-shattering to them.
Often, they panic and try to escape. Several dogs go missing and some owners never succeed in tracking down their much-loved pets.
As for homeless dogs, when firecrackers are lit on the streets, they are traumatised by the smoke and noise and go into hiding, venturing out only after the celebrations are over.
In the process, they lose a chance to search for food and go hungry for several days. Those with newborn litters might lose them to the fireworks when the young ones scamper away.
Dogs instinctively seek out confined spaces when frightened. If your dog hides under the bed or behind a cupboard, don’t drag him out in an attempt to comfort him. Instead, put some clothing or towels with your familiar scent next to him for reassurance. Play soothing music relatively loud to help drown out the fear-producing noise.
Another aspect of the festive season that doctors warn against is unhealthy eating — even by pets. Please do not give pets sweetmeats (confectionary). It does nothing but harm them in the long run.
Last but not the least, remember that good intentions can be fatal – do not administer any medicine to your pet without consulting a veterinarian.
Diwali 2019 in South Africa dates are as follows
- Saturday, 26 October , 2019 – Deepavali (South Indians)
- Sunday, 27 October, 2019 – Diwali (North Indians)
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