Pet lovers are being urged to be well prepared for what veterinary experts have highlighted as a time of year which can be difficult to keep animals calm.
Noisy celebrations such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas and New Year are all identified as occasions which can cause stress for pets.
Help is at hand, though, as Cherrydown Vets who have branches in Basildon, Wickford and Stanford Le Hope are 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 treatment.
Dr Laura Axten, of Cherrydown 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 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 treatments 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 stress relieving treatments such as Feliway and Adaptil diffusers and collars, which help comfort pets and keep them calm.”
The comprehensive measures are all part of the far-reaching, proactive campaign by Cherrydown Vets which begins on Monday, September 30 and runs all the way through to Sunday, January 5, 2020.