Look­ing after your pets dur­ing fire­work season

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Vets are urg­ing an­i­mal own­ers in Air­drie and Coat­bridge to start pre­par­ing their pets now to pre­vent dis­tress dur­ing the fire­works season.

Peo­ple with pets who are se­verely dis­tressed by fire­works or other noises are en­cour­aged to visit their vet to dis­cuss treat­ment op­tions by the Bri­tish Ve­teri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion (BVA).

A pho­bia of fire­works can be ef­fec­tively treated with be­haviour­mod­i­fi­ca­tion tech­niques, which can achieve long- term suc­cess with pro­fes­sional in­put and owner com­mit­ment and pa­tience.

For less se­verely af­fected an­i­mals, BVA is of­fer­ing the fol­low­ing ad­vice:

– Cre­ate a well-padded den for pets so they have a safe place to hide when fire­works start.

– Pheromone prod­ucts, pre­scribed by vets, can be used around the house to help calm them.

– En­sure pets are mi­crochipped and their de­tails are up to date, in case it runs away from home.

– Move small pets such as rab­bits and guinea pigs to a quiet place in­doors.

– Close win­dows and cur­tains and pro­vide back­ground noise to help mask the fire­works.

BVA Pres­i­dent Si­mon Do­herty said: “Even if you don’t ex­pect your pet to be anx­ious, con­sider stay­ing close at hand on the nois­i­est evenings, pro­vid­ing back­ground noise when fire­works are go­ing off and, most im­por­tantly, stay­ing calm your­self.”

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