'7 tips for celebrating a pet-friendly Diwali'

                    dog pet
The festival of lights is just around the corner, and people are busy preparing for this joyous occasion. The festival day is not complete without new trendy clothes, delicious sweets and savouries, and crackers. This is the only time of the year when children and adults burst these colourful crackers. The colourful and yet loud explosions fill the night sky with the essence of the day. As much as humans love these displays, the animal kingdom has not responded well to the practice. The excessive noise and fire sparks are physically and psychologically harmful to them. The government has taken various measures to control usage to prevent pollution and other accidents. However, little care is given to our four-legged friends who abhor this season. It is the responsibility of the family to take adequate care to protect their beloved pets. Here are seven tips for celebrating a pet-friendly Diwali.

Create a safe space
Safe spaces can be a room with minimal exposure to light and sound. Keep the windows and doors closed at all times to achieve it. It is also advisable to keep the pets in the area ahead of the festival date, so they are comfortable.

Stay with them
The pets are scared and restless due to the abundance of the noise from the crackers. They are extremely sensitive to these immediate effects. It is vital to stay with them so they would secure and happy.

Distract them
This technique is highly effective for pets and even humans. Distraction works great in all situations. Identify methodologies that can amuse them and divert them from the external disturbances. This can be in the form of games or their favourite activity.

Stay Calm
This is the primary step to taken to ensure a pet-friendly Diwali. Pets are generally perspective and can read the emotions in the room. It is crucial to stay calm and confident to provide a sense of security for them.

Be prepared for emergencies
There is always a possibility that the pets might get hurt during the festivals. It is vital to be prepared for emergencies.  Keep a first aid kit handy to provide immediate help. Always have the contact information of the nearest vet for these purposes. 

Go green
There are various items in the market which are eco-friendly. It does not cause much damage to the pets and the environment. People can utilise them to celebrate a green Diwali.

Seek expert help
Most people are concerned about the actions to ensure a safe festival for their pets. You can always seek help from the experts. They can provide the necessary guidance and support to enjoy a pet-friendly Diwali.

Understandably, most people want to celebrate this happy occasion with excessive noise and lights. They patiently wait for over a year to experience this festivity. It would be unfair to ask them to avoid it. However, pet owners can discuss the issue with the neighbours and develop a feasible plan. This will help them to enjoy the festival and also keep the pets comfortable during this period.

By Rosie Paul, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Woof Woof Now

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