10 ways to have a pet friendly Holi!!

05 Mar 2015 | by | Posted in: Wag News

Holi and Pet Health 2014

As the winters finally bid adieu there remains a slight nip in the air, which only means that the colourful festival of Holi is round the corner. As children and adults get ready for the fun and frolic associated with the festival, it is also time to give extra care to our furry friends.

As pet parents and pet lovers, we must not forget that Holi is a festival that is not enjoyed by our beloved pets or indian dogs or other animals on the street. Every year, many people love to include their furry friends in the festivities associated with Holi often forgetting the harmful effect the colours and the sweets have on our four legged friends.


.Here are a few tips that you can follow to keep your pets safe this Holi.


  1. Do not use colours on your pets - Just so you'd know, painting, coloring or using chemicals on animals is punishable under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Most of the colours that are being used today are made up of harmful chemicals such as lead and mica which can cause irritation and poisoning not only in humans but also in pets. Inhalation of the poisonous colours can cause respiratory infection and irritation in the skin, eyes and ears. Dogs often lick themselves to groom and clean. Licking of such colours can be harmful for them.
  2. Educate children to not colour the pets: Children often consider their pets as their best friends and love to include them in the celebrations. As responsible parents, please educate your children about the harmful effect the colours and sweets can have on their furry friends. Also sensitize your children that whether its a pet dog or any animal on the street, colours should not be thrown on them. 
  3. Avoid feeding sweets to your pets: Sweets such as gujiya are a favourite during holi and made of dry fruits and sugar and are friend, everything that is harmful for your pet. Avoid feeding sweets or any fried foods to your pets and do ensure that your guests and children refrain from the same.
  4. Avoid taking pets out: Often there are a lot of people who enjoy throwing water balloons and colour on passerby As a pet parent it will be a good idea to avoid going out with pets during Holi to avoid being hit by colours and water balloons.
  5. Be careful while removing colours: In case your pet has got colour on his / her coat, do not use kerosene or oil to remove the colours off the coat as it can be harmful for the dog. Use a mild shampoo to bathe your dog and keep the infection and irritation or skin rashes away. Dr Ruhil suggests use of coconut oil before the Holi celebrations on the fur so that the oil forms a light coat and acts as a barrier for the colours to penetrate the fur and the skin. In case the colours have entered the eyes, use clean water to clean the eyes. In case the irritation persists, immediately take your pet to a vet.
  6. Be careful of the warning signs: In case you notice any of the signs such as excessive salivation, vomiting, upset stomach, sudden change in behaviour in the pet or excessive rubbing and licking of skin or eyes, immediately contact your veterinarian and take your pet immediately. If you notice a street animal who is showing similiar signs, contact an NGO or  take the animal to the vetrinary for medical care. 
  7. Avoid playing with water balloons: Water balloons are extremely dangerous especially for dogs and cats. Avoid playing with water balloons around your pets and keep them safe. 
  8. Avoid giving alcoholic substances to pets: Holi is the time when everyone loves to indulge in alcohol and bhaang. Under no circumstances these should be offered to pets as it can be extremely dangerous and may prove fatal for the dog. 
  9. Sufficient supply of clean water: Indian dogs and cats on the street drink water off different water sources as as taps or puddles. Do ensure that you provide a bowl of clean water for them so that they do not drink water that has colours or paints in it. 
  10. Keep a veterinary on stand by: If you are playing holi at home or with friends, do ensure that your pets stay indoors with their favourite toy and are away from all the fun and frolic. It will be a good idea to keep the veterinarian’s number on emergency contact just in case an unfortunate incident happens.

Let’s make this Holi a wonderful and safe celebration of colours not only for us but for our furry friends too. We at wish you and your loved ones a very Happy and Colourful Holi cool!!

Image source: Times of India / The Hindu 

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