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Fireworks tips & advice

Some pets become distressed during firework season because of the loud noise and light from the fireworks. Symptoms may include some or all the following:

  • Salivating and drooling
  • Trembling and shaking
  • Scratching to get into the house or out of a room
  • Hiding in corners or under furniture
  • Whining, barking or howling
  • Whimpering and excessive or abnormal attention seeking
  • Loss of bodily functions - bladder and/or bowel
  • Refusal to eat

By following our top tips, you can help to protect your pet from stress, injury or even developing long term behavioural problems.

  • Avoid leaving your pets alone – they will feel safer with you around.
  • If your pet starts feeling anxious – stay calm and act normally. This will help your pet feel safer and lets them know there is nothing to fear. Do not respond directly to their anxiety – you will only reinforce it.
  • Keep your cat or dog inside, and keep all windows, curtains and doors closed.
  • Turn on the TV or some music to drown out some of the noise.
  • Provide your cat with a litter tray if it is used to being able to get into the garden
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a form of identification. If they manage to escape, this will make sure you can be easily contacted when your pet is found. Microchips are excellent but remember to ensure your registered details are up-to-date with the chip database. Collars are also important for restraining an anxious dog as well as identification.
  • Take your dog for a walk during daylight, when fireworks are less likely to be let off.

With rabbits and smaller animals, we advise you to:

  • Bring their hutch or cage inside to a quiet room, garage or shed.
  • If you cannot move it cover it with thick blankets or a quilt so your pet isn't able to see the flashes and provide them with extra bedding, so they can hide away.

If you have any further questions, or you wish to discuss the calming medication options available, please speak to one of our Vets or Veterinary Nurses well in advance to help you prepare for this firework season. 

01776 703131 during normal surgery hours (8.30am-5.30pm Monday – Friday)

 

 

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Babesiosus

 

Babesiosus is a disease in dogs caused by Babesia Canis- a blood borne parasite. It is transmitted by infected ticks when they bite similar to Lyme’s disease in humans.

It is a disease affecting mainland Europe and, until recently, was only diagnosed in dogs that had travelled abroad. There has been a few cases in untraveled dogs in South East England in recent months indicating that ticks in the UK are able to spread the disease.  Signs of the disease include weakness, lethargy, pale gums and coffee coloured urine.

 

This disease is still rare in the UK but prevention is better than cure and our advice is to treat regularly with a long acting, effective, tick/flea treatment bearing in mind that many supermarket products are ineffective.  Please talk to one of our vets or nurses for advise on which paracite products are best for your dog.

 

When possible avoid tick dense areas when walking and always inspect your pets for ticks afterwards. A tick hook can be purchased from reception to enable you to remove ticks at home or any of our nurses would be happy to do this for you at the surgery.

 

Lungworm

 

Lungworm is an emerging disease in the UK. This means that, once rare, it is now becoming more common with South UK being worst affected. It affects dogs and foxes and is caused by infection with a parasite that takes up residence in the heart and blood vessels supplying the lungs. Infected animals show signs of exercise intolerance, progressive cough and breathlessness.

 

It is not passed from dog to dog as the parasite requires a snail/slug to develop so only pets that eat snails/slugs are at risk of contracting infection and only a small proportion of snails/slug will be carrying the infection at this time.

 

We advise that all dogs are wormed every 3 months for gastrointestinal worms but that those guilty of eating slugs/snails are at risk and should use one of the specific products that are additionally licensed to prevent lungworm.  Our vets or nurses can give you free advise on worming  - just pop in and talk to us. 

Contact

Academy Vet Centre

 

6 Academy Street

Stranraer

DG9 7DR


Tel.: 01776 703131

E-Mail: vets@academyvets.co.uk

 

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