Fire­works ad­vice for­pet own­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

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

At up to 150 deci­bels, fire­works can be as loud as a jet en­gine and, with many an­i­mals par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to noise, this can be a trau­matic and up­set­ting time of the year for pets.

If your pet is se­verely dis­tressed by fire­works or other noises, the Bri­tish Ve­teri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion (BVA) en­cour­ages you to visit your vet to dis­cuss treat­ment op­tions.

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

En­sure your pet is mi­crochipped and your de­tails are up to date on the database, 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.

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