Fireworks – keep your pets calm

fireworksMid-October and the fireworks season is fast approaching.

Many owners are increasingly concerned about their pet’s wellbeing and we at Castle Vets are encouraging owners to take steps to find the most suitable stress relief for their particular pet.

 If you have done all you can to settle your pet, given them early walks, made them a den and turned up the radio for them and they are still showing signs of stress and fear it may be time to call your vet and discuss collecting a pheromone diffuser, some herbal tablets or other natural product such as Zylkene which is proven to help dogs and cats cope in times of stress.

 Don’t forget smaller pets that live outside. Cover hutches, pens and aviaries with blankets so that they are well sound-proofed. Provide extra bedding for your pets so that they have something to burrow in.

 Bonfires can be fatal for wild animals such as hedgehogs, which often crawl into them to sleep. If possible the entire bonfire should be re-sited before being lit. If this is not possible, use broom handles to lift the base of the pile and shine torches, looking and listening carefully for any signs of life.

 In the long term, dogs can learn to be less afraid of loud noises. By using de-sensitization programs you can be sure the next firework season will be less stressful for you and your dog. The “Sounds Scary” range of CDs can help your dog to become accustomed to unfamiliar noises. To find out more and order the CDs, or just to talk through the many ways you can help your pet, call Castle Vets on 01189 57 4488 or visit our website http://www.castle-vets.co.uk

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