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Still be prepared for Fireworks 2020 – Pheromones, Medications and Aids

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

Various medications are available to reduce our pet’s anxieties. These products will help reduce anxiety as a short term help but will not have any lasting effect, so are best used alongside a behavioural modification plan, such as desensitisation and counter conditioning (visit our blog to read these previous posts). Both these need to be started at least a couple of weeks in advance of the fireworks period. A key point to remember is not to be scared of medicating your pets, by not helping them at this time we may be simply prolonging their suffering and anxiety.

The most common therapy for anxiety of fireworks is Pheromone treatments. These are available for both dogs and cats in different forms such as a plug in, collar, tablet and spray. This may not help every individual but can help pets with mild phobias.

Another anxiety relieving device that is available is a tight fitting wrap called an Anxiety wrap, this aims to apply constant pressure to help relax muscles. Studies show these may be effective for some individuals but may not be suitable for all.

If you have any concerns regarding your pet’s anxiety over this period, please contact our team on 01908 397777 to discuss your pet’s needs.

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