I hate this time of year, purely because I hate to see my little dog suffering when the fireworks begin. My usually verbal & confident little dog turns into a nervous wreck who shakes & pants the entire evening. I do take all the usual measures of turning the television up loud, closing the curtains etc. but he can hear them long before I even realise they have started going off. His hearing is too good!
Tonight we have some hope though. I called Hall Place Vets & they suggested Zylkene capsules to take once a day for the next 10 days which will hopefully calm him down. They don’t sedate your pet, just make him feel calmer & therefore less ditressed. If you have the same problem, please do try these pills. For Vinnie’s size (Jack Russell x Shih Tzu – yes, a Jack Shit!), Zylkene costs just £6.68 for ten days which is not a huge cost to stop my little man suffering. (I would have paid much more!) They are suitable for cats too.
Zylkene contains a natural product derived from casein, a protein of milk which is known to promote relaxation in newborn cats & dogs.
According to the leaflet supplied with these pills, 61% of UK pet owners reported that their pets are scared of fireworks. These statistics are quite worrying when you consider that most homes have a pet. I know this is going to sound obvious, but try the following to help your pets cope.
- Bring your pets inside before it gets dark.
- Try not to leave them by themselves.
- Don’t react to fireworks yourself.
- Build them a den / hiding place & position it in a place that you know they will go. For example, if they normally hide behind the sofa, put it there. For cats, they may prefer to be high up.
- Keep curtains closed.
- Keep music or the TV on to soften the noise from outside.
- Make sure they have an ID tag or they are chipped incase they escape & run away in a panic.
- Walk your dog during the daylight.
- If they have a crate, cover it with a blanket but allow them access in & out. Don’t force them to stay anywhere they are not comfortable.
- Do NOT punish or get angry with your pet, even if they mess in the house as this will make them feel much worse.
I putting a lot of faith in this product & will let you know how Vinnie gets on. Meanwhile, be kind to your pets over the firework season!
As you know, Hiccup was our dog photo competition winner at the end of July & after meeting with her owner, Emma, I discovered that she is actually a rare breed. Hiccup is one of less than 30 Portuguese Sheepdogs in the UK. Read more…
Here is Hiccup – The winner of The Village Journal, Pooch Photo Competition!
Thank you for all your entries & watch out for the announcement of the next competition on http://www.village-journal.co.uk
Here is the winning face of the Village Journal, Pooch Photo Competition… Hiccup, who wins a superb spa & pamper package donated by Claire’s Comfy Canines.
Congratulations to little Hiccup who will know doubt enjoy the treats & the pamper coming her way!
Thank you to everyone who entered, the response was overwhelming with so many cute faces & lovely stories. I wish I could send gifts to all of you but I think this will be a regular competition, so watch out for the next announcement.
Meanwhile, if you would like to contact Claire to book a grooming session, her details are below.
Thank you once again, you all have beautiful dogs that are obviously very precious to you….Kaye.
I’ve noticed that there has been ever increasing reports, posts & warnings regarding strange people checking out our homes. Today it has been reported that 5 dogs went missing last night from a farm in Marlow & a black car has been parked up & watching people & their homes in Stratford drive.
I just wanted to make you all aware that these things really are going on in our neighbourhood. If you notice anything odd then please report it to the police & keep your homes, children & pets safe.
Although many cars park outside my house to go to the park, I will still be checking people out to see why they are there… so, if you notice me looking at you when you pull up, I’m not being awkward or nosey, just careful & I urge you all to do the same.
Thanks Kaye, x