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November 13, 2012

Humane Society International Offers Tips for a Safe Diwali for Your Pets

Humane Society International/India

  • Help make the celebration of Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, a safe one for your pets. iStock

NEW DELHI — Humane Society International encourages pet owners to take extra precautions to keep their pets safe while celebrating Diwali.

While fireworks displays are a beloved Diwali tradition, the noise and commotion can be overwhelming to pets. In fact, so many pets become frightened and try to flee the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the country report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday.

“The loud fireworks during Diwali festivities can be stressful for your pets,” said N.G. Jayasimha, HSI/India director. “It’s best to enjoy Diwali by ensuring that your furry friends are safe at home.”

To ensure your pets stay safe this Diwali, follow these simple tips:

Keep all pets safely confined indoors, preferably with a radio or TV on to dampen jarring noises. Pets usually kept outdoors should be brought inside as an extra measure of safety.

Consult your veterinarian if your pet is distressed by loud noises like fireworks displays. Your veterinarian may be able to recommend medications and techniques to help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. You can also find tips for helping your dog cope with loud noises like thunder and fireworks at: http://www.humanesociety.org/dogs_loud_noises   

Ensure your pet is wearing a collar and identification tag with current contact information so you can be reunited quickly if your pet does escape. All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should wear collars with identification tags at all times. Indoor-only animals can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they take desperate measures to escape the noise, such as breaking through window or door screens.

If your pet does become lost, contact your local municipal corporation and surrounding shelters immediately. If you find a lost pet, either take her to the address on the tag or bring her to the local animal shelter so she can be reunited with her family.

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Media contacts: N.G. Jayasimha, (0)9490732614, ngjayasimha@hsi.org 

Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations — backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.

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