Pembrokeshire SA61 1BN
Fireworks and Pets - help keep them safe.
It will soon be the time of year when many people will enjoy the tradition of celebrating Halloween and November 5th with bonfires and fireworks. It is also the time of the year that many pet owners dread as many dogs and cats are very scared and anxious of loud noises. Add to this flashing lights and scary costumes and they can become terrified and very distressed.
If you are intending to hold a private display then it is very helpful to try and stick to the traditional date of November 5th (or New Year’s eve when this comes) as pet owners will be anticipating noise on these dates. If you are intending to set off fireworks at other times then informing your neighbours of your intent will at least give them some warning so they can keep their pets indoors.
If you have an anxious pet then the following advice will be helpful:
If you plan ahead there are many things we can do to help animals cope with the distress of fireworks.
We prefer to use natural methods if possible but these take time to work and so putting a plan in place at least 1-2 weeks before anticipating a problem is best.
Please come and talk to our vets and nurses now about possible solutions - these may include herbal remedies, diffusers, collars impregnated with calming products, clothing such as ‘thundershirts’ which can be used to ‘wrap’ your pet, or in extreme
cases medications to help reduce anxiety.
We have recently installed atomisers in both of our practices which release a mixture of Valerian, Vetiver, Clary Sage and Sweet Basil into the atmosphere in the waiting room. These essential oils have been shown to mimic GABA (gamma amino butyric
acid) the chemical associated with the animal’s own natural calming mechanisms. This could be useful at home as the atomiser can be set to release the oils at set intervals chosen by you which will helpful if you are not able to be at home.
Pemboke Dock Practice
London Road Shopping Mall,
Kingswood Trading Estate,
Tel: (01646) 622010
Fenton Veterinary Practice
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