Remember; remember the 5th of November…

Can you believe that this is just a couple of weeks away! 2021 has flown by and we are now into the final quarter and getting ready for C….. ☺.

Anyway before we think about the “C” word we have to acknowledge the 5th November which can be a very stressful time for our four legged family and friends.
There is a lot of advice readily available for you via the internet. Team AVC have handpicked a few proven methods to help with minimising stress and anxiety whilst those sparkly, noisy things fly up to the sky around the county.

Dogs and Cats:

  • Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • Microchip your dogs and cats in case they are startled and escape outside.
  • Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.
  • Put on some music or TV to mask the firework sounds.
  • Create a quiet space where your dog or cat can feel in control.
  • Create some hiding places around your home.
  • Using Pet Remedy to assist in calming anxious dogs and cats. (Available at the practice).
  • In extreme cases peak with your vet for further advice. 

Small Pets:

  • Partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden, but allow another area for the animals to look out.
  • Provide bedding small animals can burrow in.
  • Consider bringing them indoors – this will need to be done gradually so plan ahead.
  • Using Pet Remedy to assist in calming anxious pets. (Available at the practice).

Watch this RSPCA video on top tips on keeping your pets safe and happy this fireworks season. The video even includes how to build a ‘Doggy Safe Den’!

PREPARATION IS KEY
Helping your horse get used to loud noises and flashing lights can reduce your horse’s reaction to fireworks. Use any portable device you have to slowly introduce firework noises.
Another thing you can try is colour changing LED lights, to help your horse get used to flashing lights. As with the noises, these can be introduced gradually over time, building up steadily alongside the music.
If you know your horse has reacted particularly badly to fireworks in previous years, you may want to talk to your vet.

KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING NEAR YOU
Don’t wait until Bonfire Night to find out what displays are happening near you.
Many displays will happen before or after the day itself.

MAKE SURE YOUR YARD AND STABLE ARE SAFE
Take the time to make sure stable areas are clean and tidy to reduce the risk of fire. This is a good opportunity to check your fire evacuation plan, fire extinguishers and alarms. It’s important to spend time making sure your horse’s stable area is clean and tidy to reduce the fire risk. It’s also a good idea to make sure your muck heap is empty and to tidy away any unused hay or straw.
We also recommend checking your stables for any protruding nails or uneven edges that could cause injury to your horse.

WHAT CAN I DO ON THE EVENING OF A FIREWORK DISPLAY?
If there’s a fireworks display on a particular evening, try to stay as calm as possible. If you’re anxious, your horse will pick up on it.
Keep your horse’s routine wherever possible, but if you know when fireworks are starting, try to stay with your horse and play music to soften the sound. If you share a yard with other owners, you can set up a rota to check on the horses during peak firework season.

TO STABLE OR NOT TO STABLE?
While you might assume your horse will be safer in their stable than out in a field, there’s no evidence either way. Some horses feel safer outside where they can see the fireworks with companions close by. Others prefer being in their stables.

A horse can still get scared in a stable and injure themselves. In a field, they can build up more speed when frightened, and potentially catch themselves on a fence or strain a muscle.

If you decide to turn your horse out, check your field is safe, secure and not close to where the display is happening.

All it takes is one stray firework to prompt a horse to test boundaries.

* According to a 2020 survey carried out by The Blue Cross in the run-up to New Year’s Eve

HAVE YOU HAD A PROBLEM WITH FIREWORKS?
We are urging all equestrians to report all incidents involving fireworks, regardless of severity, to us. Reporting your incidents helps us to better understand the rate of equine-related incidents across the UK.
Anyone can report their incidents or near misses to us; you don’t have to be a BHS member. It is vital each and every incident is recorded in order to be added to our national statistics.
Download our ‘Horse i’ app to your smart phone so you can quickly and easily submit details of incidents directly to the BHS.

Equestrians who do not use smart phones can record incidents via our online form on our website.

For more information, refer to the laws related to fireworks by visiting the DEFRA website or if you are based in Scotland please read the Fireworks FAQS Scotland.
Helpful tips for keeping your horse safe, as well as other pets can be found on the RSPCA website.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards has launched a firework safety campaign in 2020.

Personalised Pet Christmas Stockings Now available for pre-order

Orders need to be placed as soon as possible as stocking items are limited.

Each Stocking will be personalised for FREE and will be full of toys and treats

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Dogs: 2 toys and a bauble of treats and a gift from us to you. Was: £18.51 Now: £15

Cats: 2 toys and a bauble of treats and a gift from us to you.  Was: £19.74 Now £15.50

Rabbits: 2 tasty treats and a handy toy and a gift from us to you.  Was: £15.20 Now £12.50

For more information call the team on 01834860378 or message via facebook @Arberth.Vet.Centre

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IMPORTANT NOTICE 1st September 2023

Dear Valued Client,
There have been some recent changes in legislation, which are designed to reduce the impact of drug resistance in certain categories of drugs. These have impacted the way we prescribe medicines to your pet.

Specifically, medicines used to treat parasites, including all prescription flea and worm treatments, can only be dispensed by our team if your pet has been examined by their registered veterinarian within 12 months. Although this has always been our policy the vet now has to annotate the clinical notes (rather than rely on automatic systems) with the exact flea and worming product and duration needed for the following year. Please bear with us as this logistical change may take a little more time than usual.

The other major change is that courses of antibiotics cannot be dispensed, extended or changed without your animal being physically examined. 

We are in the process of updating our recording systems to facilitate this process.

If you require prescription parasite treatment for your pet and they have not been examined by one of our vets within 12 months, you will be required to arrange an appointment.

We anticipate this will not affect the vast majority of pets, as they do receive their annual vaccinations or are otherwise regular visitors, for various reasons. They will therefore have received the necessary checks to be eligible for parasite treatment, without the need for a parasite consultation.

Thank you for your understanding.
Arberth Vets