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Still be prepared for Fireworks 2020 – Signs of Anxiety

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
As mentioned in our last post, this year is likely to be very different with respect to firework displays, with potentially an increase in smaller household displays.

Each individual pet will respond differently to fireworks, some may show just one or any combination of the following signs:
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Scratching at the door to get out of the room
  • Salivating
  • Hiding away
  • Vocalising – 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
Visit our blog to find tips on helping your pet over this period
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Still be prepared for Fireworks 2020 – MK Vet Group’s tips for this season

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
November 2020 is likely to be a very different Fireworks night. With a lack of larger public displays, we expect there will be a big increase in smaller home events. Therefore it is potentially even more important than ever to make sure you prepare your pet for this fireworks period.

We appreciate this time of year can be a stressful time for pets as well as their owners, with over 40% of dogs and a high population of cats in the UK suffering from a fear of fireworks.

Tips and ideas from MK Vet Group to help your pets during this time:
  • Keep your pet indoors prior to when the fireworks are expected to begin. Remember to secure the cat flap if you have one
  • Keep all doors and windows securely closed
  • Make sure curtains are also pulled to muffle sound and block the light from the fireworks
  • Keep internal doors open so your pets don’t feel enclosed or trapped
  • Turn on the TV, radio or play music as background noise, it is a good idea to have this on in advance to the fireworks beginning
  • Create a safe place for your pet to go when they feel stressed, this could be their bed or you can create a den
  • Walk your dog earlier in the day to avoid the times when fireworks are expected to be started, and keep them on their lead at all times
  • Make sure our small mammals are lock up in their hutches and cover their hutch over with a blanket to muffle noise
  • Provide your cat with a litter tray if they are used to toileting outside
  • Feed your pet their usual meal before the fireworks are expected to begin
  • Make sure that your pet is wearing a ID tag and that their microchip details are up to date in case they do manage to escape
  • It is important to avoid any form of punishment if your pet reacts to fireworks, this can lead to further anxiety
  • Comforting your pet when they are scared is an area of controversy. Definitely try to be at home on days around fireworks night when there is likely to be the highest number of displays. It is advised that you don’t pay too much attention or ‘fuss’ over your pet when they are worried, as this can reinforce the fearful behaviour. For some individuals, it may help to hold them firmly and lean into them, while using long, firm massaging strokes rather than normal petting
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Dental disease in Rabbits

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Rabbits can also suffer from dental disease, in most cases normally occurring in later life. Dental disease in rabbits can present in a number of ways, such as abscesses, malocclusion and tooth root conformation. Malocclusion may occur due to a tooth root abnormality or missing opposing tooth.

Overgrown teeth in older rabbits is common and can penetrate the gums, cheeks, tongue and lips, which can cause ulcers or even oral abscesses. Rabbit’s teeth are continuously growing around 2-3mm a week. Therefore it is best to keep the diet as natural as possible to grind down their cheek teeth effectively.

If your rabbit is not eating properly or losing weight, we recommend they are checked for abnormal dentition, contact us on 01908 397777.

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Signs your pet may have Dental Disease

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Bad breath is the most common sign that your pet may have dental disease. Dental disease in pets is very common, however it is a disease that can be prevented.

Signs of dental disease can include:
  • Bad Breath
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Difficulty eating
  • Red or inflamed gums
  • Brown discoloured teeth
  • Facial swelling
  • Excessive drooling
  • Mobile teeth

If you are concerned you pet may be experiencing dental issues, please contact us.
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Summer Dangers – Flystrike in rabbits

Don’t forget to check your rabbits bottoms at least twice daily and make sure their housing areas are cleaned regularly, particularly during the very hot weather! During these warmer months, it is really important to protect our bunnies against Flystrike. Flystrike is a condition where flies lay eggs on rabbits and these hatch out into maggots. It can be fatal but it is preventable.

We recommend using an insecticide spray like F10. Our great tutorial by one our lovely nurses, Tabitha, shows you how to do this. Please note that F10 is toxic to cats so do not apply to cats or where there is interaction between cats and bunnies‼️

If you have any concerns regarding your rabbits and Flystrike, then please call the surgery on 01908 397777

Let’s keep our furry friends safe

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