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Be on pet patrol this Diwali

india Updated: Oct 20, 2011 01:37 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Not everyone in the Capital has a blast on Diwali. For most animals, the sound of fireworks is nothing short of terrifying. “It is very scary for animals, as they hear sounds much louder than human beings. So, it’s almost an unbearable assault on their eardrums,” says Dr Vinod Sharma of the Jeevashram Animal Shelter and Veterinary Hospital.

According to experts, to make things easier on your pets and stray animals in the colony on Diwali night, there are some easy things that you can keep in mind. “Firstly, make sure your pet is inside the house. Put big cotton buds in their ears and don’t leave them completely alone at home,” says Dr Vijay Kumar of the animal shelter - Sonadi Charitable Trust.

“During Diwali time, our pets have the tendency to get a bit confused with the changes in the light and sound in the surroundings. We need to help our pets to be comfortable with these changes and get rid of their fear. First and foremost, take them for a walk before the celebrations start in full swing, so that they are not too uncomfortable later,” says Dr. Kallahalli Umesh, Communication Manager, Waltham Scientific. “Many people end up leashing their pets if they create a lot of noise and react to fire crackers. This should not be done because the pet might just try to struggle and break free and injure itself,” says Dr. Sharma. Dr. Umesh adds that you can also keep your pet in a room and play loud music inside, which may drown out the noise of the crackers.

Stray animals bear the worst brunt of Diwali celebrations, as many of them get burnt due to rockets, bombs and phooljhadis. “Stray animals suffer a lot, so people should be sensitive and not burn firecrackers in the area where they are sitting,” adds Dr Sharma. “We allow the stray dogs in our society to stay inside the house on Diwali night. It is the best way to keep them safe from harm and fear,” says Sudeep Duggal, 28, an engineer who lives in Noida.

Another aspect of the festive season that doctors warn against is unhealthy eating - even by pets. “People give their pets all the mithais they eat. It does nothing but harm them in the long run,” says Dr Sharma.

Quick notes to keep your doggie’s fear away:
* KEEP THE ANIMAL INDOORS: Make sure your pet is not left out in the garden and is safe inside a room. If possible, keep the stray dogs of your society inside as well.
* MAKE THEM WEAR EARBUDS: Make earbuds out of sterilised cotton and block the ears of your pets, to drown out the loud sound
* PLAY LOUD MUSIC: Keep your pet inside the room and play some loud music
*DON’T LEAVE YOUR PET ALONE: Try taking turns when you go out to celebrate Diwali, so that at least one member of the family is with the pet at all times.
*DON’T TIE UP YOUR PET: Don’t chain your pet while you’re out, as it may try to free itself and run away out of fear and hurt itself

Call them for animal emergencies

* Friendicoes SECA (for dogs, cats and stray animals)
Where: 271, Flyover Market, Defence Colony,
Tel: 011-24314787, 9818201987

* Wildlife Rescue (for non-vegetarian birds and raptors such as kites, eagles, owls, etc)
Tel: 9810029698, 9810129698

* Wildlife SOS (for all wildlife)
Tel: 9871963535; 011- 24621939

* SPCA Noida (for stray animals)
Where: Plot number-8, Sector-94, adjacent to Amity University, Noida
Tel: Ambulance- 99993 52343, Animal care - 9999929204, 9818085256

* Jeevashram (for stray animals)
Where: Jeevashram Animal Shelter Village Rajokri (near the temple)
Tel: 9999088998; 011-25063696, 25064114, 25064118

* Sonadi Charitable Trust (rescue services for accident and diseased animals)
Where: J – 1910, Chittaranjan Park
Tel: 011-26275216, 9212131218, 9810054693

* PAWS
Where: C-9/7, Masoodpur Market, Vasant Kunj
Tel: 011-23355883, 23357088