Pet Care during Holi

Holi is just round the corner and our enthusiasm is all geared up to welcome it with open arms. However, one aspect that people don’t give much thought to is the effect the festival has on our canine members. While the intentions and the feelings behind involving these sweethearts are totally justified and understandable, the truth is that your dog must not really be enjoying it as much as you think he is.

Holi colours may cause Loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, sneezing, coughing, discharge from nostrils, excessive thirst constant biting, itching or licking, rashes on skinexcessive hair fall in a short time watery or red eyes and signs of blindness These colours can actually cause a lot of damage to our pet dogs. Harmful chemicals in colours can take a serious toll on your pet. It is extremely important to understand that some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to the damage than others. Puppies, senior dogs and short hair coat dogs are more predisposed to falling victim to these colours than long hair coat breeds, because sparsely coated regions of body are commonly affected by these colours. Most dog owners feel that as long as they use dry colours on their pets, there’s no harm. The presence of lead, which acts as an accumulative poison, makes these colours a high-risk material for pets. Inhalation of colour powder may cause nasal irritation and possibly respiratory allergy or infection. Pet parents also need to know that most dogs get paranoid when you rub colours on them, since it very often gets into their eyes and nose, making them very uncomfortable. They also tend to lick their body, and the taste of dry colours makes them prone to throwing up. Some breeds are so sensitive that their skin gets rashes because of dry colours.

The pet owner should keep the pet away from childrenwho tend to throw water balloons at the pet. If a dog gets hit in the eye, itcould cause complications. But in view of the circumstances, dog owners mustavoid taking their dogs at places and at times when they are likely to be thetarget of such insensitive play. Parents should also teach their kids about notusing the beautiful festival to hurt these sweethearts, whether they are strayor domestic. 

With so much of festivities around, one cannot forgetthe sweets that the family consumes. Most dog-lovers don’t really enjoyanything till they share it with their pets. But we must take into account thatsweets does not go down very well with the canines. Food rich in butter, creamand sugar can give them loose stomach. And so, it’s better to refrain fromfeeding them festival delights.

According to Dr. KG Umesh, Waltham ScientificCommunication Manager, South Asia Mars India, “We must ensure that duringcelebrations like these, we keep our dogs safe from the colours. We advicepeople not to try using kerosene, spirits or any hair oil to clean the colouroff their coat. A good light shampoo should suffice. If the dog has been hit inthe eye by a water balloon, wash the eye with clean water, and if irritationpersists, bring the dog to a vet.”

The article has to be attributed to Dr. KG Umesh,Waltham Scientific Communication Manager, South Asia, Mars India.

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