Diwali is a stressful time for pets. While we celebrate with crackers and fireworks, our pooches and pugs are left traumatised with noise. But this Diwali, people are ensuring that their pets too have a good time, while they have a blast.
"People are buying stress-relieving tablets, such as Anxocare for their dogs this time. We also have pet owners coming to us asking for t-shirts, frocks, fancy leashes, imported snacks, juice kits and gift hampers for Diwali," says Duleep Madan, of Creative Pets.
Karan Gupta, founder of petclubindia.com, has specially provided information on 'pet care during Diwali' on his website. "I am also planning a get-together of a few pups in my locality, at my place on Diwali night. We will have a cake and a lavish meal for them. It will be a dogs party and will wind up by 11.30 pm or so," says Gupta.
"Pets are like the members of the family, so people nowadays make sure they too have the best of clothes to flaunt and things to eat, specially on festivals," says Rajesh Katyal, of Head to Tail.
Seconding him, Karan Mahendru of The Pet Point, informs, "For Diwali, we have got protein rich cakes, biscuits and meaty bar chocolates for dogs. The gift hampers containing chocolates are selling like hot cakes."
Priyanka Vohra, a student who owns a pug, says, "I am planning to have a feast for my pet, Sweety. I have got a Rs 4,000 colourful pink coat for her especially for Diwali." Because the pug can't be given sweets, Priyanka has ordered a chocolate cake for her.
Veterinarian Dr SK Bhatia is all for the good times for pets. "Dogs get scared by the sound of crackers, so they should be pampered like kids. One should spend time with them and play some music so that the animals don't find noise from outside as anything unusual." But he cautions that "sedatives should be avoided as they don't help much and only make the pets dull."