Tips to keep your pets safe and healthy during the festival of colours

This Holi ensuring your pets safety and health is your responsibility

This Holi, ensuring your pet’s safety and health is your responsibility

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New Delhi: The joyful festival of holi has arrived and people around the world are brimming with excitement for its celebration. This festival is meant to be celebrated with family and people who fill our lives with colors of happiness and love. When talking about family, we cannot leave our furry little friends out of the conversation. However, Holi might not be the most awaited time of the year for our farts or any other animal due to the health hazard and discomfort it causes to them.

Tips to protect animals this Holi

Certain festivals pose some threats to animals and it’s our responsibility to address the same and facilitate the well-being of animals. Times Now Digital connected with Dr Vinod Sharma, Head of Veterinary Services at DCC Animal Hospital to understand ways to shield our furry friends from the possible festival damage.

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Dr Vinod elaborated on the possible threats posed by Holi on animals and said, “Holi is a festival of colors, music, sweets, and often a kind of unbridled revelation we’re all too familiar with. This makes it a very difficult time for our pets, who are neither used to seeing so many people around nor so much activity or loud noises, not to mention the most common dangers – the colors and the sweets.”

Here are some ways to keep the dangers of Holi for animals at bay:

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  1. Be careful with colours: This Holi, go organic for the sake of your pets because the artificial, chemical-laden colors can cause serious damage to them. Commenting on the impact of colors on animals, Dr Sharma said, “The chemicals and components in the colors can be very toxic for their skin and fur, and if any of the colored water gets into their eyes or ears, it can actually cause blindness , or severe infections, which take a long time to heal. Not just that, even if your pet ends up licking any surfaces stained by these colours, it could cause a host of allergies, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and more!”
  2. Watch out for your pet’s diet: The delicacies of Holi are meant for you, not for your pets. This is because “from the sugar content in them to the spices, the oils, and many other ingredients, these festive delights, along with most human foods, are not meant for our pets,” Dr Sharma said. Make sure that you keep your pets from eating Holi food to ensure their health.
  3. Look out for their safety: From the loud music to the rowdy enthusiasm of the crowd, the festival celebration can make your pets anxious, restless, and uncomfortable. Undertake methods to care for your pets and look out for their safety. These steps may include avoiding stranger contact with your pets, keeping them company to soothe their anxiety, etc.
  4. Stay alert: During festivities, one can easily find trash such as rubber residuals from water balloons, plastic, chocolates, sweets, etc. lying on the ground. However, you need to be extra careful about such things if you have a pet. Therefore, make sure that you stay vigilant of your pet’s actions to avoid any unprecedented complications. Furthermore, look out for signs of discomfort and rush to a doctor immediately in case you encounter any. Dr Vinod said, “When it comes to your pets, paying attention to their behavior is just as important as knowing the best practices and things to avoid. Pay attention to how they are reacting, whether they look stressed, anxious, or calm, because when they feel scared or threatened, many pets tend to act out, either through aggression or by peeing in spaces they know they aren’t supposed to.”
  5. Do not forget the street animals: Your pets are not the only animals that need to be protected and cared for. Do your part and look out for street animals that are very likely to get hurt amidst the hustle-bustle of festivities. Shelter them, feed them healthy food so they do not eat trash, and protect them from thugs.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor before following any instructions.

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