The festive season is upon us! Great shopping deals, holidays, family time, everyone is in a celebratory mood! Well everyone except pet owners and dog carers or feeders. An annual worry for pet parents as well as carers of streeties, is the safety of their dogs and cats during Diwali.
Why is Diwali such a source of distress? Noise is the answer. Dogs and human beings do not hear at the same level. Humans hear sounds between 20-20,000 Hz. Dogs hear at least twice as high, sometimes all the way up to 55,000 Hz. Remember dog whistles? Human beings cannot hear dog whistles because it is out of the audible range of a human being.
Let’s not forget about cats, they associate loud noises with danger. As any cat owner or carer knows, cats move with lightning speed. A frightened fast moving cat, is in danger of getting lost, because in its fearful state it does not know in which direction it is going.
FIRECRACKERS ARE NO ONE’S FRIEND
Firecrackers are no friends to human beings. They may cause
-Loss of hearing,
-Temporary or permanent deafness
-High blood pressure,
Many firecracker production factories still employ child labour, so another reason to ditch them!
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the city’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was 358 on Friday morning. … Taking cognisance of the hazardous nature of air pollution during winter, the Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed time restrictions on burning of firecrackers on Diwali.Oct 26, 2018
Dogs do not always know where sounds come from and why they are emanating. Loud noises and sounds are especially unnerving for cats and dogs. Look for these signs of stress, Panting, shivering, drooling, excessive barking, are all signs of a stressed dog. The best thing you can do for your dog, and all the animals around you is educate the next generation on the advantages of a noiseless Diwali.
Birds are stressed by firecrackers, they often die of fright. For the unfortunate birds that take to flight from their nests they become disoriented and fly into objects injuring or killing themselves.
“Fireworks are fabulous, but one of their drawbacks is that the noise they generate can scare pets and wildlife and stress them out. One Italian town, Collecchio in the province of Parma, has devised a solution to this problem, as it has introduced legislation that insists on silent fireworks in its displays.”
A simple solution, which allows the community to celebrate its festivals, and respects the rights and wellbeing of animals in the village.
To help your dog deal with the noise and stress, use a Calming wrap. Made of a soft material these wraps are a safe and and alternative to medication.
When applied properly anxiety wraps “distribute pressure over the back and sides of the dog’s chest, serving as a calming “hug.” The scientific explanation is that when gentle pressure is applied, it releases chemicals called endorphins that promote a sense of well-being.”
How do you know which medication is safe for your dogs during Diwali? Your dog may need calming medication, refer to the advice of Dr. Rukshin Master – HERE . Homeopathic cures and remedies to calm your dog.
Technology helps keep your pets, streeties and shelter animals safe this Diwali. A frightened animal fleeing loud sounds often tend to loose their way. Track your cat or dog through its GPS pet tracker. A lost pet, has a better chance of being found when it can be traced in real time on a map.
If you are pet boarding facility owner, you should invest in an added layer of security for your pet clients. Pet parents and pet services all over the world have realised the awesome value of GPS devices and trackers to find lost and frightened pets.
The Lonely Planet
Dr Ruskshin Master
Central Pollution Control Board