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FREE Rabbit Health Checks During Rabbit Awareness Month!

During this month, you will have the opportunity to pop in with your rabbit for a free health check with the nurse! Our nurses will update you on everything you should know about rabbit health care. It is also useful to bring children along if they are looking after the rabbit too. The health check will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about health care.

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Enthusiastic Elston Vets clients win war of the works!

Enthusiastic Elston Vets clients win war of the works!

Elston Veterinary Clinic played and won the weekly War of the Works quiz on Spire FM Radio! Anticipating the fact that the quiz wasn’t just going to be about animal health care, we decided we needed some help… We were lucky enough to have a handful of Elston Vets clients and friends from Orcheston and Shrewton help us out on each of the quiz days.

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Blue Cross ‘Paws for Tea’ Bake Sale 2016

Blue Cross ‘Paws for Tea’ Bake Sale 2016

Last Thursday we held our annual ‘Paws for Tea’ bake sale in aid of the Blue Cross. Luckily the sun was shining and we were pleased to have so many generous visitors. We had some beautiful and delicious cakes baked and donated by clients to help us raise as much money...

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Mature Pet Clinic

Mature Pet Clinic

Throughout February we will be running a FREE clinic for your senior pets! We will be here to carry out a comprehensive health assessment on your pet and can discuss any concerns that you have regarding their health. We believe that prevention is better than treatment...

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With the hot summer we have been having comes the next challenge... Summer Thunderstorms!
Why are dogs scared of thunder?
Animal behaviorists aren’t exactly sure what part of a storm causes dogs the most stress. Is it the noise? The flashing lights? Or something else?

Some dogs may be worriers in general and panic at any change, while others may be overly sensitive to sound. Dogs may also have special sensitivities that make storms even more terrifying. Dogs can sense the change in air pressure, and may hear low-frequency rumblings that humans can’t detect. Some veterinarians have theorised that some dogs may experience shocks from the build-up of static electricity that comes with thunderstorms.

5 ways to calm dog storm anxiety
The following tips can help your dog cope with storm anxiety:

Give your dog a safe space. Provide a safe indoor area, like a crate. A plastic crate is preferable – but if you have a wire crate, you can cover it with a sheet to create the feeling of a haven. Leave the door open so your dog doesn’t feel trapped. If your dog is not used to a crate, provide a comfortable, small space like a corner or small bathroom. Be sure to fill it with familiar items such as your dog’s bed, favorite toys and water bowl.

If there are windows in the room, close the blinds or curtains or cover the windows so the dog can’t see outside.

Distract your dog. If your dog is afraid of thunder, play calming music to drown out the thunder claps. If your dog feels like playing, do so. You can also keep your dog distracted with treats and favorite toys.

Prepare for the next storm. Is your dog scared of thunder? Maybe you should try desensitization. Download thunderstorm sounds and practice by playing them quietly to your dog, and give the dog treats or play a fun game with him while the sound is on. Gradually, over weeks, increase the volume. Stop the play or treats when the sounds are turned off. The goal is to help your dog relate the sound of thunderstorms with happy times.

Check out products that may help your dog weather the storm. The right product can help calm dog storm anxiety. Tight jackets such as the Thundershirt provide a sensation of pressure, which can alleviate pets’ anxiety. (Swaddling a baby operates on the same principle.) You can also make a DIY version by buying a small T-shirt and putting the dog’s front legs through the armholes of the shirt. The shirt should fit snugly around your dog’s torso.

Ask us here at Elston Vets as we know your pet and will be able to pinpoint exactly which stimulus is troubling your pet. We have Adaptil collars and spray as well as natural herbal support and in some cases, we can recommend a low dose of an anti-anxiety medication.

Most importantly, practice positive reinforcement with your dog. Do not scold or punish him for displays of dog storm anxiety, but remember that his behavior is not about disobedience, but about high levels of fear. Do anything you can to help your dog feel better—teaching him new, pleasant associations is the best way to help anxious behavior. #thunderstorm #wiltshire #elstonvets
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