Namaste and Bow Wow! The festive vibes are already here. Diwali is round the corner. Diwali is a festival of the victory of the good over the evil.
Every year, we celebrate this beautiful festival in the most colourful way possible. The sight of beautiful 'diyas and rangoli', the smell of sweet delicacies and the sound of celebratory fireworks announce the arrival of this holy day of the victory over the evil!
But do you know that amidst all these, a 'New Evil' takes birth in our dog-babies. The Evil called - Anxiety.
The sound of firecrackers traumatise our dog babies. Dogs can hear sounds upto twice the pitch and 4 times the distance than humans can. Their ear canal is L-shaped and very sensitive. And hence leads to the birth of anxiety in them. Some of the common symptoms of anxiety include: excessive barking, drooling, restlesness and passing of urine inside the home.
As a responsible pet parent, here are some tips to take care of your furry companion’s mental health during the festival of lights:
Make Them Comfortable: Create a safe and cozy space for your dog indoors. Provide their favorite blanket or bed where they can retreat when they feel anxious. Familiar scents and a quiet environment can help soothe their nerves. A good soy/bees wax calming-candle can help in making the environment cosy and comfortable.
Keep Them Safe: During Diwali, avoid taking your dog for walks near areas where others are lighting firecrackers. The loud noises and sudden flashes can be distressing for them. If you find any street-dog in distress, do let him in your backyard space during the peak-hours of the festival.
Keep Them Engaged: Distract your dog with interactive toys, treats, or playtime. Engaging activities can help take their mind off the festivities outside. A hemp-based anti-anxiety treat can not only aid distraction, but also help in calming the nerves down.
Try Herbal and Ayurveda Remedies: Some natural remedies, such as calming herbal supplements or aromatherapy, may help reduce anxiety. A great massage with TailBlaze Pawssentials - The Intense Cooling Head & Belly Rub Essential can help in curbing the anxiety within 8 minutes.
Behavioral Modification: Gradually desensitize your dog to loud noises by playing recorded firecracker sounds at low volume. Reward them for calm behavior during exposure.
Keep Them Close: Dogs thrive on companionship. Spend quality time with your furry friend during Diwali. Your presence can provide comfort and reassurance.
Remember, your dog’s well-being is essential, so let's take a pledge to make this Diwali anxiety-free for our dog babies. Because it is Diwali, and it must be Happy for one and all 🐾🪔
Some of other prominent causes of Anxiety in dogs: