Fireworks are fast approaching!

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Does your dog or cat have a fear of fireworks?  If so there are things you can do to help:

* Provide them with a den so they have somewhere safe to hide.

* Keep windows and curtains closed.

* Keep lights on and the television or radio on.

* Treat your pet as normal – if they are scared and you fuss them, they will think it is ok to be scared.

* Don’t take dogs for walks or let cats outside after dark.

* Sometimes providing a distraction such as a new toy or chew (under supervision) can help.

* Make sure microchip details are up to date in case they run away.

* Anti-anxiety supplements can help. Ideally given 2 weeks before the event, but even a few days before can help:

Dogs – YuCALM

Cats – Zylkene

Remember – fireworks are often around from the middle of October to the middle of January so ask us for advice or information about YuCALM or Zylkene sooner rather than later!

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Also, for those dogs that get particularly worried by fireworks, we will shortly have a calming product available called Sileo. This is a new type of product for noise phobias. It is a sedative oral gel but has a calming effect on the dog rather than sedating them. Please ask us today about the best option for your pet.

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