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In keeping with the huge growth in the internet and the number of people online (33 million people in the UK, would you believe it!), we are delighted to have launched our practice website.

This site is designed for new and existing customers alike and provides a wealth of information about the veterinary practice and pet healthcare in general.

We encourage you to use the website as a source of information as it will be updated regularly to ensure that the latest contact details, opening hours and information on our services are always at your fingertips.

 

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Once again it comes back around that Bonfire night becomes an increasingly tense time of year, many animals react differently to the atmosphere of bonfire night and more importantly fireworks. Fireworks can be fun for us but very scary for pets, in light of this we have many products available at all of our practises which will help with keeping your pet calm and happy. 

Here are a few tips to make bonfire night as calm and smooth as possible for both you and your pet. 

Firstly it's important to make note of the kind of behaviour your pet is displaying;

Is your cat...

  • Cowering or hiding away?
  • Attempting to escape or run away?Image result for dog silhouette
  • Soiling or messing in the house?
  • Irritated behaviour such as scratching
    a lot, or tearing things apart?
  • Restlessness: moving around
    or readjusting position?
  • Over grooming?
  • Pinning ears back?
  • Over or under eating?

 

 

Is your dog...Image result for dog silhouette

  • Cowering or hiding away?
  • Trying to escape or run away?
  • Soiling or messing in the house?
  • Continuous barking?
  • Digging or scratching at the carpet?
  • Restlessness: pacing or panting, licking lips a lot or yawning a lot?
  • Pinning ears back?
  • Shaking?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions your pet may need a coping method. 

But before you decide on a product here are a few helpful pointers to help your pet relax;

In the run up...

  1. Image result for symbol telephoneTalk to an expert - It's always worthwhile to talk to the vet or a nurse, whether in person or on the phone. If you have any doubts or concerns about bonfire night, halloween, an upcoming event or in general we would recommend you phone your practise, whether it's to put your mind to rest or to drop in. 
  2. Build a den - The most important part of keeping your pet calm is making sure they have somewhere safe and familiar to retreat to. We suggest that in the few weeks prior to bonfire night that you build them a den or a safe place they can go to if things get too much for them. 
  3. Products - All of the products we offer in our practises are recommended to be started at least a week to 10 days before a particular event it gives time for the pet to adjust to the dosage and for it to fully kick into their system as each product works over time and has a slow release mechanic. 

 

On the night...

  1. Walks - Make sure to walk your dog before it gets dark to use up any potential energy.
  2. Security - Make sure all of your pets are inside, in advance to it getting dark, once they're all in, close the windows and lock any cat or dog flaps so they don't run away.

During the displays...

  1. Noise minimalising - Close all of the windows and doors, shut the curtains if necessary for any animals that are scared of the fireworks visually or sudden movements.
  2. Company - Try not to leave your pet alone in another room, your pet looks to you for protection, so leaving them alone, may make them worse. 
  3. Affection - Do not over do affection, don't give them any more affection than you usually would. Do not force your pet to come to you, if they would prefer to hide then leave them be, unless they come to you first don't smother them. 
  4. Reaction - Don't react to the fireworks yourself, animals tend to pick up on their owners responses, so if they feel you're nervous it could make them worse.
  5. Play - Play with a toy to see if they will interact with you, it could help distract them from the displays, but don't force them to play if they would prefer to hide. 
  6. Ignore - Ignore any unusual or uncommon behaviour such as panting, shaking, scratching, barking, whining, being over affection or overcompensating will again make the animal worse. 
  7. Punishing - DO NOT punish or get angry at your pet if they do something out of character for example if they mess or bark excessively, punishing them in this sort of environment can often be scarring and make your pet worse or more uneasy.

We have several 'over the counter' products which we keep in stock, all of these products are ones that should be started at least a week prior to an event. Of course what may work for one animal may not work for the next, please contact the surgery for more information.

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