Remember remember your pets this



Did you know that dogs born in October are much less likely to develop a fear of Fireworks as they are around the noises when young and don`t perceive the noise to be threatening.

50 % of the Uk`s dogs (that`s 4 million dogs) have a fear of Fireworks, but what people don`t realise is that dogs can be trained to accept and some can be trained to love the stimulus that causes their fear!

When pets are fearful certain stress/anxiety behaviors occur - some they carry out through choice such as panting, ears pulled back, tail tucked down, yawning and blinking. Some of their behaviors happen instinctively - such as `out of character` behavior, snarling, trembling, spinning and pacing.

Ways you can help your pet and that means starting now:-

1. Chewing relieves stress so chewing should be encouraged - give plenty of interesting chewing toys.

2. Many animals will not eat when stressed so make up a very tasty treat or offer luring stuffed chew toys, it works to relieve tension when they are settle enough to eat.

3. Manage their environment by making a `black out` area where curtains are drawn creating a den - You can use a big cardboard box from supermarkets, cut a hole in the box and fill it with lots of bedding so your pet can dig and burrow. Ensure the box is in the center of your room away from doors and windows, you can also put some toys and treats in their den to make it a safe and positve place to retreat to.

4. The use of a Thundershirt (Please contact the surgery for further information, asking for a nurse) and classical dog cd `Through a dogs ear` have also proved to be very effective.

5 There is also plenty of anti anxiety medication that calms pets. Please contact our pharmacy for further information.

6. Remain calm yourself! The more fussing you make of them the more it feeds their anxiety! Remember `Less is more`.

7) Ensure your pet is safely inside during periods of fireworks. Provide litter trays for cats when keeping them inside.

8) Make sure your pet is microchipped, if they do escape then they can be more easily reunited with you.

9) DO NOT punish your pet; this will only distress them more.

If you would like some further information please contact the surgery on 01787 372588 and speak to a nurse - we are happy to help.

At the Ardmore Veterinary Group we aim to provide the highest standard of professional veterinary care. If you find any of the information displayed incorrect please do not hesitate to call us. We are here to listen and assist in any way we can.

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