How to Celebrate a Pet-friendly Diwali 

How to celebrate a Pet-friendly Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights is a joyous day for everyone. With sweets, lights and games, it is an exciting day to spend with your loved ones. But during this festival, a member of your family needs extra care and safety.

Yes, we are talking about your pets! Even a joyful event like Diwali could turn harmful to dogs and cats if the right precautions are not taken.  

Diwali and Your Pet. How to celebrate a Pet-friendly Diwali

Important Discussion Points In This Guide

  • Why Celebrate a Pet-friendly Diwali
  • What is a Pet-friendly Diwali
  • 10 Ways to Celebrate a Pet-friendly Diwali

Why celebrate a Pet-friendly Diwali 

What would a celebration be if our best buddies did not enjoy it?
Pets are extremely sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights. Some pets even end up with health issues and mental distress because of the commotion caused by a celebration that has fireworks and other pet-toxic substances.
And the pollution and mess caused by bursting fireworks are not just harmful to the environment but at times are ingested by innocent strays, leading to death. 

" Your pets need extra care and safety on Diwali, as the jarring noise and flashing lights can be overwhelming to them."

What is a Pet-friendly Diwali?

A pet-friendly Diwali would be a true celebration, if we kept in mind the environment and the sweetest member of our families! It is being considerate towards dogs, cats, and other animals alike who can’t voice their worries out. 

By taking safety measure and precautions for a pet-safe Diwali, your entire family and your four-legged fur ball can celebrate the happy occasion! 

Not only does celebrating a safe and Green Diwali, keep the environment clean but you also get to safeguard your dog or cat from serious health issues like:

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Ulcers
  • Heart attacks (based on the breed and health history)
Celebrate a Pet-friendly Diwali

Best way to celebrate a Pet-friendly Diwali

From a clean environment to a happy pet, celebrating a pet-safe green Diwali has many benefits. Few tips you could follow as a pet parent to enjoy a pet-safe Diwali are:

Keep your pets away from the fireworks 

Fireworks are loud, flashy, and are made of substances that are toxic to animals. Your dog or cat can get easily overwhelmed and anxious because of the noise and flashy lights that fireworks make. So as a pet parent, you can chuck the fireworks to the side and can try your best to opt for a firework/cracker-free Diwali.

Choose Eco-friendly lights or decor 

Going for a firework-free Diwali doesn't mean you can't celebrate the "Festival of Lights" to the fullest. Earthen lamps or Diyas are an Eco-friendly option that is great for both pets and the environment. You can use this pet-safe option to decorate your house on Diwali. However, make sure to place the earthen lamp at a
safe distance from your dog or cat, as your excited Lil pooch may try to reach for it.

Keep your dog away from sweets

With your home filled with sweets, your pet is probably running towards you asking for a treat. But do not feed your dog any sweets, as Indian sweets generally have ingredients that can cause allergies to dogs and, in some cases, can even be toxic to your pet.

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Rangoli colors usually have chemicals that are harmful to the environment and your pets, if ingested. You can go for an organic option made of natural dyes, rice flour, leaves or even petals! 

Keep your dog in a safe place 

Pets have a tendency to run away from jarring noise. They get anxious and overwhelmed, and look for the easiest way to break out from the place. So, as a precaution its best for pet parents to keeps the doors and windows locked once the fireworks begin outside your home.

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First Aid kits for pets

Have an emergency kit at hand, with all the needed essentials for your pet. So, in case of an unforeseen situation you have the tools to give your pet immediate care and assistance. You can even check with the Veterinarian prior to Diwali, to get the kit ready!

Dispose the waste properly 

Make sure to discard the waste left from fireworks, decorations, etc after the celebration. Try to dispose of them in a place away from the reach of your pet, as they can be fatal if your dog or cat inhales it. 

Make home made Diwali treats for your dog

Prepare some easy homemade treats for your puppy or have some of their favorite treat brands at hand on Diwali. You can give them these treats when they are eyeing at your food. Or you can even use them to calm your pet down or reward them for their behavior. 

Play with your pet

Include your pet in the festivities. With your family gathered at home, the most excited member will probably be your dog. Try to play with your pet as they will be thrilled to have a play-time with you. Playing with them once the firework starts can also help them calm down!

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Let your pup react the way he/she wants

When your pups gets overwhelmed by the noise outside, do not try to punish or force them to stay calm. As pet parents, you need to understand that their aggressive or unusual behavior is a cause of the commotion outside your home. So, let them adjust to the situation at their own pace.

During the festivities try to be mindful of other animals too. Going green/pet-friendly is not just good for your pets but is a great option for the long-term health of their parents too (You!).  

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