Look after your pet during fireworks on Diwali: Vet varsity expert
The noise of crackers during Diwali can have a terrifying effect on animals. This was stated by Kirti Dua, professor of veterinary medicine at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).
She said animals may get stressed and manifest signs such as shaking, trembling, barking, howling, trying to hide or get into/out of the house, or other enclosure and refusing to eat.
“Some animals may lose bladder or bowel control or experience temporary diarrhea. Sometimes mischievous boys tie crackers to dogs' tails, injuring the animals,” said Dua.
Steps to take
Keep the animal indoor and keep them away from smoke of crackers, which may cause severe respiratory distress.
To make the pets feel safe and comfortable in the house, close the curtains and leave the radio or TV on to mask the sound of crackers.
Take your pet out for plenty of active exercise an hour before the fireworks start and then feed it. A tired and well-fed dog will be far less anxious during the night.
If the dog runs for its bed, a cupboard or under the bed, leave it there and allow it to follow its natural instinct. Do not soothe and comfort a scared dog.
If you have a nervous dog, or a very old pet or a pet with a heart problem, talk to your veterinarian.
Before letting your pets back outside, do a yard sweep properly, collect any sparklers, firecrackers, etc., as well as party items and broken objects. This will prevent the pet from being injured by unfamiliar objects.