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Oct 11

Bonfire night dangers for pets and wildlife!

A reminder that Bonfire Night is just around the corner.

Spirit - sitAnimals’ reactions vary enormously and many pets are scared of the loud noises, including our Border Collie Spirit!  The Cavalier girls will bark anyway, and Fin couldn’t care less! If your pet is noise phobic, you may want to order Zylkene. Zylkene is a capsule that can be administered directly to your pet, which takes the edge off their fear. Adaptil (for dogs) or Feliway (for cats) are also invaluable. These Pheremone atomisers are plugged into the wall and give off a calming pheromone. You can buy all these products from Vetmedsdirect.co.uk. These treatments take time to take effect so don’t wait til the fireworks start. During the fireworks we find it beneficial to turn on all the lights, and turn up the music or TV to mask some of the noise and flashes. Alternatively, cover your dog’s crate with a blanket to give then a safe haven in which to hide. I have already heard of one dog this year who was scared by a firework and was found cowering by the roadside. Fortunately she was taken to the strays kennels where her owners could reclaim her.

Just a word about wildlife. Hedgehogs and the like will see a bonfire as a good place to hibernate, and once lit, they would be unable to escape. Please check your fire for wildlife before it is lit.

…  Anne