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Senior Health Checks throughout November 2019

Free Senior Pet Health Checks in November!

As pets age, like us, they are likely to experience changes to their health and lifestyle. During the month of November we are promoting health care for our golden oldies with FREE health checks with our veterinary nurses! Cats and dogs over the age of 8 and rabbits over 7 are welcome to clinics at Walnut Tree, Stony Stratford, Stoke Road and Willen. Call us today to book in!

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Preparing for Fireworks season: Tops tips on creating you a safe den for your pet

It is a good idea to provide a den a few weeks before the fireworks season so they can associate this as a safe space. By taking your pet to the area of the den and rewarding them, this will reinforce a positive association to that safe area.
  • Choose a quiet area within your house as well as a place your pet feels safe.
  • Using a crate is a great idea for dogs, which can be covered over with blankets to reduce light and sound from the fireworks.
  • For cats, a suitable den could be a cat igloo which are softer than crates or even a cardboard box.
  • Place your pet’s bed or blanket in the den to provide a familiar sense of smell.
  • Provide them with some of their favourite toys or comforts to make them feel safe.
  • You could also provide them with a food puzzle to distract them from the noise such as a Kong for dogs or kibble puzzle for cats.
  • Provide access to water
  • You may wish to place an item of your clothing also for another familiar scent in their crate.
  • Make sure the den is accessible at all times to your pet.
  • Consider installing a pheromone diffuser close to the den area – this will need installing at least a week before.
It is important not to disturb your pet whilst they are in the den, as this can cause more stress.
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Preparing for Fireworks season: Signs your pet may be distressed

Each individual animal will be affected differently by fireworks. Some may show just one or more of the below signs.
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Scratching at the door to get out of room
  • Salivation
  • Hiding away
  • Vocalisation – howling, barking, whining
  • Excessive or abnormal attention seeking
  • Loss of bodily control – urine/faeces
  • Unwillingness to eat
  • Hiding behind or on top of furniture
  • Refusing to eat
Read our tips on helping your pet during the firework season on our blog page.
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