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Autumn is a season of great change, but did you know that many of the lovely things we associate with Autumn are harmful and sometimes stressful to our pets? Our top tips offers some advice on how to help your pets stay calm through fireworks season and the hazards to watch out for over the coming months.
Whether your furry family members have issues with noises, cower at the sound of a loud bang or pop, or hide under the furniture, these tips will help you all feel secure, comfortable and at ease during fireworks season.
We recommend that you do not leave your preparation until the evening itself, we certainly don’t want you to be in a rush or panic, nor do we want your pets to encounter any unnecessary stress!
Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and birds can all be affected too, and you can really help your pet by ensuring you make them as calm and comfortable as possible.
Lots of our feline friends and pooch pals will have mild fears in the same way people do, but they will usually manage without it becoming a phobia.
It’s also worth remembering that just because cats aren’t running around, salivating, or digging holes through a door, that they’re not frightened. Cat’s are more likely to take themselves away and hide so it’s not a problem to the owners.
However, sometimes fears do progress to phobias and we then need to try and work out a way to manage the problem. If you are concerned your pet has a phobia, please call us and we will help you access a behavioural specialist.
Many of the lovely things we associate with Autumn are harmful to our pets. The following items are highly toxic to cats and dogs:
Please check your garden and keep an eye out when walking your dog.
If you believe your pet has consumed any of the above it is always best to take them straight to your vet. Symptoms to watch out for are fitting, vomiting, diarrhoea, panting, and unsteady walking. If your pet shows any of these signs please bring your pet straight to your vet.
As it starts getting chillier and darker those fleas and ticks start looking for a warm place to live and our central heating and furry pets become very inviting! We always see lots of flea cases over the colder months. Remember your Stronghold or Advocate and don’t forget to treat your home as well.
If you are unsure if your pet has fleas then we recommend you do the wet paper test.
Please note that our advice is not a proper substitute for a consultation with a vet, and is only intended as a guide. Please contact your surgery for advice or treatment if you are worried about the health of your pet. Even if we are closed, contact our out of hours emergency clinic.