Keep pets fear free dur­ing the fire­works

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

FIRE­WORKS are en­joyed year­round by peo­ple but can be a source of fear for many an­i­mals. It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ig­nore the prob­lem. Seek ad­vice from your vet if nec­es­sary.

Top tips to make fire­work cel­e­bra­tions less fright­en­ing for your pet.

Keep cats and dogs se­cure

Make sure your dog or cat al­ways has some­where to hide if he or she wants to and has ac­cess to this place at all times.

Dur­ing fire­work sea­sons, walk dogs dur­ing day­light hours and keep cats and dogs in­doors when fire­works are likely to be set off.

At night­fall close win­dows and cur­tains and put on mu­sic to mask and muf­fle the sound of fire­works.

It’s fine to com­fort your pet if it helps them re­lax, or leave them alone un­less you think they will harm them­selves.

Never pun­ish your pets when they’re scared as this will only makes things worse in the long run.

Make sure your cat or dog is al­ways kept in a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment

Have your pet mi­crochipped in case they do es­cape. Our clinic does do mi­cro chip­ping for more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact them on 01895 270 926

Don’t for­get small an­i­mals

If your pets live out­side, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blan­kets so that one area is well sound­proofed. Make sure that your pet is still able to look out.

Pro­vide lots of ex­tra bed­ding so your pet has some­thing to bur­row in.

We are in need of sheets, tow­els and dog toys for the an­i­mals. Any do­na­tion is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and can make such a dif­fer­ence.

LOOK­ING FOR A HOME: Laura was found by a canal with her three kit­tens who she has raised in our care. Her off­spring have now found new homes and it is Laura’s turn to find hap­pi­ness in a new life.

This beau­ti­ful girl is two years old, af­fec­tion­ate in na­ture and quite a lit­tle char­ac­ter. She can be pretty vo­cal at times and has an in­cred­i­ble purr!. Laura would pre­fer a fam­ily home with no other cats but may live with a dog. Do you have the purrr­fect home to of­fer Laura?

Peggy came into us with an­other cat that she wasn’t very en­am­oured with, so is now be­ing re-homed sep­a­rately.

She is a very pretty lady al­beit a lit­tle sassy! Peggy loves to strut around and do her own thing, but she also loves the com­pany and at­ten­tion from peo­ple.

As she can be a lit­tle pushy with her af­fec­tion, Peggy would be best suited to a home with­out other cats or young chil­dren, how­ever she could be homed with a dog that doesn’t mind shar­ing their home with a cat. Peggy would love to find her hap­pily-ever-af­ter home could that be with you?

If you think you can of­fer one of our an­i­mals a lov­ing home then please ring RSPCA Hilling­don Branch on 01895 833417 or visit our web­site www. rspc­ahilling­don­clinic.org. uk to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form

RSPCA Hilling­don, Slough, Wind­sor, Kingston & Dis­trict Branch.

SASSY: Peggy, above and Laura, left, are in need of new homes

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