Use cotton plugs for pets during Diwali, say veterinarians

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 12 October 2017

Veterinary doctors said that as dogs hear higher frequency sounds than humans, they have a different acoustic sense and so are disturbed when crackers are burst.

Pune: As the festival of Diwali is approaching soon, city-based veterinary doctors have appealed to people and pet owners to keep their pets indoors and take care of animals, as they get disturbed by smoke and noise caused by firecrackers during the festival. Veterinary doctors have appealed to use cotton plugs or ear pads for pet animals so that the pets do not go in trauma due to sound created by bursting of firecrackers.

Veterinary doctors said that as dogs hear higher frequency sounds than humans, they have a different acoustic sense and so are disturbed when crackers are burst. Similarly, as dogs have millions of olfactory receptors in their noses, they are disturbed by the smoke emerging after bursting of crackers.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Assistant Commissioner at Department of Animal Husbandry Dr Anil Deshpande said that loud noise due to firecrackers causes otitis(inflammation of ear) in dogs. "Similarly, bursting of firecrackers can cause pus in the ears of dogs or diarrhoea. We must try not to expose animals to the bursting of crackers. We can put cotton plugs in ears of pet animals or keep pet animals inside a room so that the impact of crackers is less on them and they do not go in trauma," added Deshpande.

The doctor said that animals try to hide when they hear a loud noise.

Another city-based veterinary doctor, Dr Sachin Kale, said that animals panic once they come in contact with loud noise and smoke emanating from the bursting of crackers. "Bursting crackers of high noise levels can also lead to the death of birds and smoke coming from the crackers is harmful to everyone. Animals get stressed during Diwali due to loud noise," added Kale.

The doctors stressed that birds and animals need to be protected and kept out of the high impact area of the firecrackers as noise and air pollution caused by firecrackers during Diwali cause temporary deafness.  

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