Their stress can never be our fun: have a PAW-fect Diwali
Updated: Nov 14, 2020
Pets are the most wonderful creations of God. One can know their value only when they become a pet parent. To all those loving pet parents, this Diwali we present a brief account on how to care and love your pets a little more than normal. Dr. Dibya Panda presents those small tips which we should't dare to miss in the merry of our celebrations.
Fireworks and crackers are one of the ways how we express our joy. May it be the weddings of your loved ones or the happiness due to the win of your favorite team or anything other celebration big or small, fireworks never miss our gala. They are a must among the old and young in Diwali, when the whole nation celebrates the return of Lord Ram. However, this celebration is tormenting to our non-human friends mainly the dogs and cats. Fireworks create fear and stress among them and, therefore, it is the duty of the owner to provide them with the comfort that they deserve.
EFFECT OF FIREWORKS
Anything that creates sparks, flames, or fumes are harmful to the health of humans and non-humans alike. However, concern regarding the fear of fireworks among companion animals is increasing due to increased proximity and emotional support in our society. Apart from the chemical fumes, the most challenging behavior to tackle is fear due to fireworks. This fear that is a response to fireworks is due to the unpredictability and intermittent high-pitched noise. Apart from the noises, secondary stimuli like light flashes and odor may lead to sensory overload eliciting fear. Fear responses differ among different species:-
Dogs: Dogs are the most affected ones due to fireworks. They have an auditory capacity of up to 60000Hz where humans hear nothing beyond 20000Hz and, therefore, fireworks are more stressful. Their fear response includes intense vocalization, increased pacing, uncontrolled attempts to escape the noise, trembling, etc. intense behaviors include hyperactivity, cowering in bathtubs, excess salivation, tachycardia, and gastrointestinal disorders. Clear indications of great discomfort and stress.
Various studies have indicated that the response of dogs to fireworks is similar to the post-traumatic stress that humans suffer. However, it is more harmful as they do not have the ability to rationalize their anxiety or have an immediate cognitive reaction to their fear. They perceive the unpredictable noise as a threat. As a result, their fight-or-flight response kicks in. They either try to escape the noise or try to "frighten" it by barking. As the fireworks continue, it makes the dogs vulnerable and fearful.
Cats: Cats are thought to be comparatively less vulnerable to the unpredictable noise of the fireworks. They do, however, show responses like hiding or a state of behavioral inhibition. Their passive nature may sometimes be misinterpreted as the lack of fear by the owners.
Various species react variedly to the fear. However, the common thing among every companion animal is that they try to escape. One-fifth of the animals that ran away from their homes is due to the fireworks or storms. Even if the owners are careful to not let them out of their sight, the lack of escape even when the loud noises continue makes the pet anxious. This hypersensitivity and anxiety, if left untreated, may lead to noise phobias and future health risks.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Few management practices during the Diwali week may help your pets to calm down. Like keeping them indoors and creating a safe space with soft bedding, favorite food, and toys to distract them. Rewards for coping can condition them not fear to the noises of fireworks.
However, due to the personality difference, even in animals, some pets have a very low threshold and may get anxious and fearful very fast. The treatment includes sedatives and anti-anxiety medications which can be given only after the consultation of a veterinary doctor.
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Facts about the homeopathic medicines used in this formulation:
KALIUM PHOSPHORICUM 6X
Symptoms of anxiety, nervousness, dreadness, lethargy, indisposition, barking and biting against people, extreme lassitude and depression, irritability, memory loss, brain fag, hysteria, night terrors, etc., can be improved with this homeopathic remedy.
For varying signs of irritability followed by calmness, an all-time delusion, depression, weakness, can be improved with the use of the Sulphur remedy.
It can be indicated in cases of poor sensation to stimuli due to irritability, congestion, furious, excited or perverted senses, twitching, convulsions, and pain. Insensibility to the actual objects, experiencing visual hallucinations, fear, delirium, furious, rage, biting, strikes, desire to escape, etc., can be improved by this medicine.
It is a great remedy for pets suffering from irritability due to hyperemia of the brain resulted due to exposure to overheat or cold. A sense of pounding pulse throughout the body, pulsating pain, and inability to recognize the surroundings, etc., signs can be cured.
ACONITE NAPELLUS 3X
It is the foremost remedy used in inflammations and resulting fever, affected serous membranes and muscular tissues, restlessness, untimely imaginations, acute clairvoyance, intolerable pain, anxiety, irritability to loud sounds, fear, anguish, restlessness, fright, acute violent invasions, etc. When the animal is impatient to touch, tensed when exposed to dry or cold weather, perspiration, gastrointestinal disturbances due to fear, etc., can be treated with aconite.
NATRUM MURIATICUM 2X
For signs of irritability, crying alone, lethargy, anemia, and leukocytosis, it is the best remedy for the cure.
NATRUM CARBONICUM 2X
Mental weakness, sensitivity to noise, cold, anxiousness, and restlessness during thunderstorms, merriment, sensitivity to the presence of certain individuals, etc., can be treated using this medicine by stimulating cellular activity, increasing oxidation and metabolism in the animal body.
ARSENICUM ALBUM 6X
Symptoms of anguish, restlessness, hallucinations of smell and sight, continuous change of place, fear of death, or being left alone with cold sweat, suicidal tendency, despair, miserly, malicious, selfishness, lack of courage, insensibility, and increased confusion can be improved by this medicine.
Many times it has been proven that companion animals help us to de-stress and keep our anxiety in check. They deserve the same from their owners too. And therefore Diwali should not be the reason that your pets don't feel safe in their own house. The right management and a little bit of care from the pet parents will ensure our pets a safe and anxiety-free Diwali.
HAVE A HAPPY PAW-FECT DIWALI!!
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Claire Hargrave: Helping companion animals with noise phobia, Vet Times, October 5, 2015
AR Dale et. al.: A survey of owners’ perceptions of fear of fireworks in a sample of dogs and cats in New Zealand, New Zealand Veterinary Journal 58(6), 286-291, 2010
Dr. Dibya Panda
BVSc. & AH, OUAT