Holi is a festival of colors and joy that is celebrated across India and in many parts of the world.
However, while we humans revel in the fun and excitement of Holi, it’s important to remember our furry friends who may not share the same enthusiasm for this colorful festival.
In this article, we’ll discuss some tips on how to play safe Holi with your pets, with a special emphasis on the care that should be taken while playing with colors.
Keep your pets indoors:
One of the best ways to keep your pets safe during Holi is to keep them indoors. The loud noises and crowds of people can be overwhelming for pets, causing them stress and anxiety. Additionally, the colors used during Holi can be harmful to pets if ingested or inhaled. Keeping your pets indoors will protect them from these potential dangers.
Protect their eyes and ears:
If you decide to take your pet outside during Holi, make sure to protect their eyes and ears. Loud noises from firecrackers and music can be harmful to pets, and colors can get into their eyes, causing irritation and discomfort. Use earplugs or headphones to protect your pet’s ears, and consider using goggles or protective eyewear to shield their eyes.
Choose safe colors:
Most colors used during Holi are made from chemicals and can be harmful to pets if ingested or inhaled. Instead, choose organic or natural colors that are safe for pets. You can even make your own colors using ingredients like turmeric, beetroot, and henna.
Wash off the colors immediately:
If your pet does come in contact with colors during Holi, make sure to wash them off immediately. Use lukewarm water and a gentle shampoo to wash off the colors. If your pet has any allergies or skin sensitivities, consider using a special pet shampoo.
Keep food and drinks away:
During Holi, people often indulge in sweets and snacks that can be harmful to pets. Keep all food and drinks away from your pets, and make sure to dispose of any leftover food or wrappers properly.
While Holi can be a fun and exciting festival, it’s important to remember the safety of our furry friends. By taking the necessary precautions and care, we can ensure that our pets also have a safe and happy Holi.