Fireworks and pets – vet advice


Fireworks can be a fun time for us but can be scary for our pets. Here is some advice to help you deal with fireworks and pets.

1. Ensure your pet is indoors once it starts to get dark, walk dogs early and make sure cat flaps are locked.

2. Make sure your pet can be identified via collar, tag or microchip.

3. Create a “den” for your pet to seek comfort if they get scared.

4. Do NOT scold your pet but equally try NOT to fuss.

5. Try to drown out the noise and flashes from fireworks by closing windows, doors, curtains.

6. Try to provide background noise from either the telly or radio, not too loud just enough to distract from the noises of the fireworks.

7. Try and stay home with your pet.

8. Make sure that the environment is safe and secure at all times. Even the most placid dog can behave unpredictably when frightened by noise and should he bolt and escape he could end up being injured or causing injury to others.

There are also pheromone products and drugs available at most vets to help with this problem get in-touch with your local veterinarian for more info.

What is the RCVS?

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. This is achieved by setting standards and carrying out regular inspections of those practices involved. Accredited practices volunteer for rigorous inspection and will have met a range of minimum standards including hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment and cost estimation procedures.

The Practice Standards Scheme offers peace of mind to clients of accredited practices and more informed choice to the animal-owning public.

Look out for the logo at participating practices.

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Looking For A Vet?

If you have arrived here, the chances are you are looking for a vet. This site provides objective information and advice on how to make the right choice.

Why is this important?

The time you spend reading the information on this site can not only be very valuable for the health of your pet, but also for the health of your purse.

Veterinary practices are not all the same. Different vets offer different levels of service and care for your pet. If you are comparing prices between different practices, you need to know exactly what the price includes, or more importantly, what it does not include.

Veterinary practices will also differ according to their facilities, their hours of service, their aftercare service and their staffing. So although you may only be a few minutes away from your nearest veterinary practice, it does not mean it is going to be the best for you, or will give you best value for money. Of course if it does, then consider yourself fortunate.

This site provides you with useful advice and guidance on choosing a veterinary practice. It will show you what to look for in a potential veterinary practice and suggest important questions to ask potential vets. In addition the site will provide you with links to veterinary organisations, such as the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that can provide you with more information about the issues the site addresses.

About “How to choose a vet”

This site has been developed under the guidance of a veterinary surgeon with over thirty years experience in veterinary medicine and with a genuine interest in developing standards in veterinary practices.

The aim of the site is to provide the visitor with objective qualified advice and guidance about choosing a veterinary practice.

The links provided are to non-commercial veterinary organisations only.

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