Pet lovers are being urged to be well prepared for what veterinary experts have highlighted as a time of year which can be difficult for our pets.
Noisy celebrations such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas and New Year are all identified as occasions which can cause stress and anxiety for pets.
Help is at hand, though, as Shires Vets in Staffordshire is running a “Comfort your Pet” campaign which is aimed at raising awareness of the challenges of the upcoming party season, while also providing advice, guidance and offers on pheromone products.
Emma Hall, Behaviourist at Shires Vets, explained: “This is the most challenging time of year for pet owners as there are so many potential triggers of stress in animals coming up over the next few months.
“There are the bangs of fireworks, the noisy and hectic festive season – including unfamiliar faces and smells – and, of course, there’s the possibility of autumn thunderstorms and the earlier dark evenings.
“All of these can cause stress and anxiety in our pets and while some owners will seek guidance and advice, we also know there are many others who just suffer through this period with their pets not knowing that help is available.
“The aim of our campaign is to raise awareness of the potential problems ahead, promote the numerous precautions and highlight the effective management strategies which are available in a bid to ensure people are well informed and well prepared to cope with any potential problems.
“We will be handing out leaflets full of advice and guidance, as well as offering free nurse clinics and providing offers on Feliway and Adaptil diffusers and collars, which can help to reduce pets anxiety as an adjunct to behavioural modification.
The comprehensive measures are all part of the far-reaching, proactive campaign by Shires Vets which begins on Monday, September 30 and runs all the way through to Sunday, January 5, 2020.