The countdown to Holi has just begun and celebrations can be easily seen in Indian houses; but the same can’t be said for your pets. There are various side effects of Holi colours on our canine friend, and one should always take extra care of their pet during the festive season.
The Negative impact of Holi colours on Dogs: Holi colours are full of chemicals like lead oxide, Mercury Sulphate and much more which has a harmful impact on animals as well as on humans. It is observed that some dogs are susceptible to holi colours where others are not. Presence of harmful chemicals in Holi colours causes a lot of discomfort to our pets. Some noticeable impacts of it are:
- Skin Irritation
- Water balloons causes eyes damage
- Respiratory troubles
- Colours if consumed acts as a slow poison
- Loose Motion
- Behavioural change like aggression
Home Tips for curing it:
- Induce vomiting if your dog mistakenly ingests the colour.
- Wash your dog’s eyes with water if colour comes in contact.
- In case you want to play Holi with your dog instead of using colours use haldi in small quantity.
If the condition is severe, visit a vet. Play Holi but don’t harm your furry friend.
Tips to be followed to save your canine friend from harmful Holi Colours:
- Don’t use colours on dogs: You should never play Holi with your dog; that could be either with dry colours or with wet. The harmful chemicals present in the colour can make your furry friend ill and cause damage to its health by causing inhalation problem, rashes on the skin and even cause permanent eye damage.
- Say No to sweets/ Fried Food : Festive season leads to festive mood and people tend to share their food/sweets with their pet which creates digestion problem in them. So always give healthy, nutritious and easily digestible food to your dog.
- Educate your child about how Holi colours can have adverse effect on animals.
- Take off the colours from your dog: If by any chance someone coloured your dog remove the colour as soon as possible with a mild shampoo to avoid the irritation. Never use kerosene, hair oil or any spirits to remove the colour as it may have an adverse effect on your dog’s skin.
- Keep your dog away from any contact of colours on them or around them. Although it’s difficult to keep your dog indoor for a longer time but with few adjustment like taking your dog on a walk the next morning you can easily save your dog from harmful colours. But put a muzzle on its mouth so there is no accidental licking of colours by your canine friend.
Apart from your pet, you should also take care of other stray animals. Be considerate for all living beings and celebrate Holi. Let this Holi be a colourful memory not just for humans but for all living beings.
Have a Colourful and Pet safe Holi this year.
Happy Pet Parenting!