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A Happy Guy Fawkes for you and your pets!

September 29, 2020

We realise that Guy Fawkes is not always as fun for our pets as it is for humans. And this year we want to help you all to be aware and get prepared well ahead of time.
Pets vary in how worried or scared they get with the sounds and lights of fireworks and there are a range of ways to help them out. 

Some pets manage with just a few changes around the household:

  • Provide a den or hiding place where your pet can feel safe.  Try not to leave your pets alone.
  • Walk  and toilet your pet during the day rather than the evening to reduce the possibility of fireworks being set off while close by.
  • Make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are closed during the fireworks, to reduce the chance of escape.
  •  If possible attempt to distract your dog with training tasks, new toys, play or delectable food treats or chews.  If petting calms your dog then that is okay.  Do not punish your pet!
  • Draw the curtains and switch on the TV to mask the noise of fireworks.
  • ID – make sure your dog or cat has a collar with up to date contact details.

Some pets may require medications to help calm them.   We have a variety of calming treatments which can be prescribed after discussion with a nurse.
For our very anxious pets (after veterinary consultation and discussion) we can, if needed, prescribe anti-anxiety medications.

If your pet has been scared or anxious in previous years please contact us so we can advise you of the best solution to comfort your pet and help you get through the Guy Fawkes season.