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Advice issued to pet owners as bonfire night approaches

With bonfire season now just a few days away, Orkney’s pet owners in the county are being reminded to look after their furry companions.

To help owners and pets cope with the events over the next few months, Vets4Pets have put together a guide on how to deal with anxious pets.

“The loud bangs, whizzing and bright lights of fireworks are one of the biggest causes of stressed pets at this time of year, but it is by no means the only one,” said Dr Huw Stacey, vet and director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, who carried out the survey.

“Loud noises, strangers knocking at the door and even a crowded home can make pets worry, meaning Halloween, Christmas and winter parties can make pets really anxious and stressed.

“Classic signs of a pet being in distress include, a change in appetite, trying to escape the noise and in dogs also excessive barking, panting and drooling.

“Prevention is key and it’s important for pet owners to think about how they can reduce their pet’s anxiety ahead of any event that could potentially cause stress for their pet. However, thankfully there are simple and effective ways to reduce anxiety in pets.

“Owners can create a safe den in a secluded corner of the house, and surround it with blankets and other bedding to create a safe, soundproofed place for your pet to retreat to.

“Closing curtains and playing loud music can also help to protect pets from being frightened. Some pets can benefit from pheromone products, food supplements and medications.”

For further information on keeping pets calm during Bonfire Night, please visit www.vets4pets.com/fireworks.

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