Traditionally, bonfire night in November has been recognised as a stressful time for pets. But pet owners should remember that fireworks are now common from Halloween in October right through to Chinese New Year in February. Occasions such as Diwali, Christmas and New Year’s Eve all add to the stress. In addition to fireworks, other triggers for stress include parties, lots of house visitors, loud music, changes to routine, even Christmas decorations and excited children with new toys!

Advice for all pet owners during party season:

  • Give your pet somewhere to hide that they can access at all times. Eg. Under furniture
  • Walk your dog during daylight and keep pets indoors after dark when fireworks are likely to go off.
  • Close windows and curtains at nightfall and play music to help mask the sound of fireworks.
  • Comfort your pet if it helps them relax, or leave them alone to hide unless you think they may harm themselves.
  • Never punish your pets when they are scared.
  • Make sure your pet can’t escape if they are startled by sudden noise.

For Dogs:

  • Close all window and create a play area where they can’t see flashing lights.
  • Before firework start, settle your dog in the play area with some toys.
  • When fireworks start, ignore them yourself. See if your dog wants to play, but don’t force them.
  • If your frightened dog has a companion that isn’t scared of fireworks, keep them together.

For Cats:

  • Keep you can indoors and remember to secure the cat flap.
  • Microchip your cat in case it does escape when frightened.
  • Make sure your cat has a safe place to hide.
  • If your cat is hiding, don’t try and tempt them out as this will make them more stressed.

Small Animals and Birds

  • For pets living outside, cover part of the pen, cage or aviary with blankets to create a sound-proof area, but make sure your pet is still able to look out.
  • Provide plenty of extra bedding to give your pet something to burrow in.

If your pet shows extreme signs of stress, always consult your vet for advice.

About Pet Remedy

For most of us pets are an extension of our family. Just like us, individual pets react differently to the stresses of everyday life. Pet Remedy is a solution to this problem. A unique and patented formula of low concentration Valerian absolute oil with small inclusions of Vetiver, Basil & Clary Sage essential oils.

History

Developed and made in the U.K. as a result of a cat called Tigger with behavioural issues!

Pet Remedy was developed with help from a team of vets, veterinary nurses, psychiatrist, and drawing from our own knowledge and experience of aromatherapy and essential oils.

Pet Remedy proved so effective with Tigger, that a further three years of development and trials at two RSPCA rescue centres and several veterinary practices, led to a product launch in 2010.

Patents were finally granted in 2016 for the formula and method of delivery.

How Pet Remedy Works

The Valerian absolute and other essential oils used in the Pet Remedy formula comprise highly volatile oils, with tiny molecular structures (less than 500 atomic mass units), which makes them very concentrated, aromatic, and easily able to cross the brain-blood barrier.

Pet Remedy works with the pet’s own natural calming mechanisms by mimicking GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), which is a natural calming agent present in all mammals, birds, and reptiles.

So when a pet becomes stressed or anxious Pet Remedy helps trick friedup nerve cells into thinking they are getting a message from the brain to calm. This is why it starts to help instantly. Explained by Dr. Flo Watt MRCPsych (Consultant Psychiatrist)

Many valerian preparations are too potent and can sedate rather than calm. Pet Remedy is low concentration and is therefore very gentle in its effect on the metabolism.

Valerian Absolute Oil

Valerian absolute oil is obtained by cold extraction from the roots and rhizomes of the plant, Valeriana Offcinalis, and has been used for centuries as an effective and safe calming agent.

Known compounds detected in valerian that may contribute to its method of action are:

Sesquiterpenes: (contained in the volatile oil): isovaleric acid, valerenic acid, valerenal, and valerenol. We source our absolute oil from Europe where our valerian plants are grown organically using only manure as fertiliser.

About the Pet Remedy Formula

  • Natural
  • Clinically proven
  • Easy to use
  • Starts to help instantly
  • Very gentle in its effect
  • Helps calm pet without sedating
  • Mimics our pets’ own natural calming mechanisms
  • Helps stressed pet become more aware of surroundings, and more attentive and receptive, which in turn helps confidence building and training.
  • Helps all pets in the home, veterinary clinic, or rescue centre, but will only have an effect on a pet that is stressed; as nerve cells are only ever excited or calm; so an already calm pet cannot be even more calm.
  • The Valerian blend has a warm earthy, herbal, aroma, enhanced by small inclusions of Vetiver, Sweet Basil and Clary Sage.
  • The effect will last from 2 to 6 hours depending on the individual pet.

Stress can be triggered by:

  • Fireworks
  • New pet in home
  • New home
  • Changes in home
  • Loud noises
  • Travel / Visit to Vets
  • Loss of companion
  • Change in routine
  • Alone at home
  • Separation

Signs of stress include:

  • Behaviour change
  • Spraying/soiling
  • Over grooming
  • Lack of interaction
  • Pacing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chewing
  • Aggression
  • Scratching
  • Yawning

What to expect from Pet Remedy

You will often see a change in demeanour of a stressed pet within a few minutes as the destress & calming properties take effect.

Remember, Pet Remedy is only a support mechanism that helps to calm excited nerves. This still leaves the matter of learnt and reactive behaviour to deal with.

Often they will still react or behave in the same way as when stressed or anxious even if their nerve cells are calmed. For instance if the doorbell goes, a dog may still react by barking.

An advantage with trainable animals such as dogs and horses, is that in helping calm, Pet Remedy helps them become more aware of surroundings and more receptive and attentive to you. This in turn means you can work on developing confidence and behaviour modification.

Available as a plug diffuser, calming spray, wipe or battery atomiser, Pet Remedy is easy to use, fast acting, and suitable for all pets.

Pet remedy is available from your vet and all leading pet shops or from www.petremedy.co.uk

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