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Autumn Firework preparation for your pets

by admin on September 18th, 2014

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With Autumn and Winter fast approaching – now is the time to prepare.

 

We are supporting the ‘Remember, remember your pets this November’ campaign which aims to provide worried owners with hints and tips on how to look after their pets during the firework season and the precautions that should be taken to help pets cope with their fear of loud noises. To access the RSPCA’s advice CLICK HERE.

We can offer a wide range of advice from using synthetic copies of natural pheromones, ADAPTIL® for dogs and Feliway® for cats, which help comfort and reassure pets, to getting pets microchipped. The ‘Remember, remember your pets this November’ campaign will help both you and your pets relax and keep safe during the firework festivities.

 

 

REMEMBER, REMEMBER YOUR PETS THIS NOVEMBER!

It is estimated that approximately 60 per cent of pets become stressed and fearful during the firework season.  To make matters worse, not only are many owners unaware of how to help their pets with firework fears, veterinary professionals believe 71 per cent of owners may miss the signs that their pets are unhappy.

The Remember, Remember Your Pets This November’ campaign aims to provide pet owners with hints and tips on how to look after your pets during the firework season and the precautions that should be taken to help them cope with their fear of loud noises.

People are aware that fireworks can cause pets significant distress, but many are unclear about exactly what can be done to help them cope with their fear, It’s therefore important that you prepare your pets for Bonfire Night and discuss the issue with us in plenty of time.  After the firework season is over we can also help to treat your pet’s phobia problems so that they are less serious in the future.

HOW TO SPOT SIGNS OF STRESS IN YOUR PET 

You know your pet better than anybody and will often notice changes in behaviour in traumatic situations, such as Bonfire Night.  During the firework season many pets become stressed, and because they can’t tell us how they are feeling and coping, they let us know by changing their behaviours.  Here are the main signs to watch for:  

Dogs

  • Trembling and shaking
  • Clinging to owners
  • Barking excessively
  • Cowering and hiding behind furniture
  • Trying to run away
  • Soiling the house
  • Pacing and panting
  • Refusing to eat

Cats

  • Cowering and hiding behind or on top of furniture
  • Trying to run away
  • Soiling the house
  • Refusing to eat

We can offer a wide range of advice from using synthetic copies of natural pheromones, ADAPTIL ® for dogs and Feliway® for cats, which help comfort and reassure pets, to getting pets microchipped. The ‘Remember, remember your pets this November’ campaign will help both you and your pets relax during the firework festivities.

ADAPTIL® is a synthetic copy of the natural canine appeasing pheromone of the nursing bitch (mother dog). This product, which can be perceived by dogs but not people, helps comfort both adult and young dogs during times of stress, such as the firework season, and provides reassurance, particularly when encountering new experiences and unknown environments.

ADAPTIL®is available as a plug-in diffuser, spray and collar formulations.

Feliway® is a synthetic copy of a natural feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their environment as safe and secure. These pheromones, which can be perceived by cats but not people, convey a message of well-being, reassuring the cat by increasing its sense of familiarity and security. In turn, this may help reduce the cat’s fearful reactions to loud noises.

Feliway® is available as a plug in diffuser and a spray.

In the long term, your pets need to be less afraid of loud noises. With Proper treatment this is achievable, so that the next firework season is less stressful for you and your pets.

We recommend the Sounds Scary CD desensitisation programme for your pets.

The Package contains:

  • Two CD’s of Noises of Rain, Hail, Thunder, Fireworks and gunshots.
  • The complete manual with information to help you understand and treat your dog’s phobia problem.
  • The Quick reference guide, to get therapy started quickly and advise to get you through firework and thunder events as they happen.

For more information CLICK HERE.

HERBAL REMEDIES 

Scullcap and Valarium

Is a veterinary herbal medicine, which relieves anxiety, nervousness and excitability in pets. It can be given one week before bonfire night and continued throughout the firework season. If your pet has become very stressed in the past, it is advised to start tablets anywhere between 10 days and 3 weeks before the stressful time, depending on how severely affected they have been.

Zylkène®

It is a natural product proven to help cats and dogs cope in times of stress and adapt to change. Zylkène® is not a drug as such, it is a food supplement made from a protein found in milk. The active ingredient is a peptide (a simple sort of protein molecule), which is able to bind temporarily to certain receptors in the brain. This has a calming influence. It is advised to start administering from 1-2 weeks before fireworks are due to start.

No side effects have been associated with the use of Zylkène®, and it can be used long or short term. For more information CLICK HERE.

nutraAnother popular natural remedy we now offer is Nutravets product NutraCalm - a natural support to help reduce stress and anxiety. It is available for Cats and Dogs. Further information CLICK HERE.

DIETS

Royal Canin’s innovative new diet, Calm, includes a combination of alpha- casezopine and L-tryptophan – safe, natural nutrients proven to provide optimum support to pets through times of stress. The diet offers a highly digestible and palatable kibble with nutrients to support skin health, urinary tract health and digestion during stressful times. It is advised to start feeding 10days prior to a stress. For further information, please contact one of the nurses.

 Medication may be useful in some cases, but only used under veterinary supervision, if you require further information please telephone the surgery.

Small Pets

If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one are is well soundproofed. Make sure your pet is still able to look out.

Provide lots of extra bedding for your pets so they have something to burrow in. For Further information CLICK HERE.

 For further details and advise please call 01903 782387 or visit us at the PetCare Veterinary Clinic just next to Rustington Library in Claigmar Road.

 

 

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