Challenging situations where Zylkène can help

Holidays. Not a happy time for all the family members.

 

Holidays can be a time of disorientation for your pet: the change in circumstances, people and environment may cause uneasiness in your cat or dog. It doesn’t seem to matter for some pets if they are in the best of kennels or catteries or if you have a pet sitter in your own home.

 

The very fact that the people interacting with them smell different and look different, that they may have different feeding times, exercise habits and changes to their current routine, can all cause pets to behave in a manner which to us may appear irrational. We need to remember that they are not humans and that whilst they are part of the family, they are still animals and as such need a routine and environment that give them the security they require.

 

Just a trip to the kennels or cattery can manifest signs that they’re not coping; sometimes this may be the same as a trip to the vets if these are the only times the pet travels in the car. Holidays don’t just affect pets – many owners worry about their pets while they are away.

 

A recent survey reveals that 32% of dog owners think their dog is not able to be fully at ease when staying in kennels. In fact, 11% would not leave their dog in a kennel again. 33% of dog owners alter their holiday plans to lessen the impact for their pet. You gov survey 2009.

 

The changes in a pet’s environment may manifest as many different adaptive behaviours, some more obvious than others, such as increased or decreased weight, or a hoarse bark caused by excessive vocalising. Also consider that some of the unusual behaviour may only have been present when the pet was in the kennel or cattery e.g. pacing, withdrawing to the back of the kennel or run. Always ask how your pet has been during their stay, as this can impact on the time it takes for them to settle once reintroduced back into their normal home environment and routines.

 

What can you do?

 

Follow the tips to prepare for a cattery or kennel stay, and give your pet Zylkène. Ideally, start Zylkène a day or two before the holiday. However, many dogs and cats have learnt to associate cues such as the appearance of suitcases or pet carriers with these events, and this should be considered when deciding when best to start Zylkène.

 

Zylkène should be continued daily during the holiday and stopped when your pet is settled back into their normal routine.

 

Next time you are going away, choose Zylkène and help ensure a happy holiday for all the family.

 

Tips to prepare for

kennel/cattery stay

 

If your pet has never stayed at a kennel/cattery before, consider a trial stay for one night; this will help your pet to realise that you are coming back.

 

Familiarise your cat with their basket – leave it out at home, consider putting some treats inside.

 

If the kennels allow it, take your pet’s bed with them. However, be warned it may be chewed during the stay.

 

Take some of your pet’s favourite toys with them.

 

Consider providing a worn item of your clothing to reassure your pet with familiar scents.

 

Scenting the kennel or pet carrier can help provide reassurance for cats. To do this, gently rub their face and cheeks with a soft cloth or glove at home when they are relaxed then rub the corners in the kennel or pet carrier with this glove/cloth - at cat face height. This puts the scent from the cat's facial glands around the kennel.

 

Ideally, start Zylkène a few days before the holiday. However, many dogs and cats have learnt to associate cues such as appearance of suitcases or pet carriers with these events, and this should be considered when deciding when it's best to start Zylkène.

 

Zylkène should be continued daily during the holiday and stopped when your pet is settled back into their normal routine.

 

Next time you are going away, choose Zylkène and help ensure a happy holiday for all the family.

 

Fireworks, a traumatic

time for some pets

 

With 73% of owners saying they have a pet who’s scared of fireworks, inevitably this is a time where the help and support of vets and behaviourists can play a key role in helping your pet cope.

 

Left unmanaged, the reactive behaviour displayed by your cat or dog, be it hiding behind the sofa, digging up the carpet, soiling the house or barking incessantly to name a few reactions, may have a cumulative effect over time. Subsequently when a loud noise happens this may result in an increase in seemingly irrational and uncontrolled behaviour; it can also have the effect of elevating their response to other sudden noises such as doors slamming, thunder etc.

 

To manage this situation it is important to consider short term and long term management.

 

Zylkène has helped many dogs and cats during festivities which incorporate firework displays. Start Zylkène a day or two before they are expected and continue throughout the fireworks season. Keep in mind this time can extend for a few months, in some areas well into the New Year. Discuss with your vet or behaviourist any changes you can make in the short term to reduce the detrimental effects to your pet.

 

Once this high risk time has passed it’s a good time to consider how you can best manage your pet’s situation long term. This can be done in many ways and one of the most common ones is using a sound desensitisation programme. There have been studies that have shown this to be effective for dogs and cats. The training is similar to programmes that police dogs and horses go through before being put into public work situations.

 

By managing the short and long term aspects of this situation you will enable your pet and your family to enjoy the festive season without the worry and stress of seeing your pet disturbed.

 

Click here to visit our sound desensitisation programme

 

Challenging situations where Zylkène can help

 

Even the most seemingly innocuous situations and experiences can trigger your pets’ uneasiness when they are in unusual or unpredictable situations. Different animals are not all susceptible to the same things, for example some dogs enjoy parties and the attention of many people all at once and some react very differently, hiding away. Some cats love being picked up and others definitely don’t. It’s when your pet needs to adapt to a new environment that may prove disrupting to your usual loving relationship with them.

 

 

 

 

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Even the most seemingly innocuous situations and experiences can trigger your pets’ uneasiness when they are in unusual or unpredictable situations. Different animals are not all susceptible to the same things, for example some dogs enjoy parties and the attention of many people all at once and some react very differently, hiding away. Some cats love being picked up and others definitely don’t. It’s when your pet needs to adapt to a new environment that may prove disrupting to your usual loving relationship with them.

 

 

Holidays. Not a happy time for all the family members.

 

Holidays can be a time of disorientation for your pet: the change in circumstances, people and environment may cause uneasiness in your cat or dog. It doesn’t seem to matter for some pets if they are in the best of kennels or catteries or if you have a pet sitter in your own home.

 

The very fact that the people interacting with them smell different and look different, that they may have different feeding times, exercise habits and changes to their current routine, can all cause pets to behave in a manner which to us may appear irrational. We need to remember that they are not humans and that whilst they are part of the family, they are still animals and as such need a routine and environment that give them the security they require.

 

Just a trip to the kennels or cattery can manifest signs that they’re not coping; sometimes this may be the same as a trip to the vets if these are the only times the pet travels in the car. Holidays don’t just affect pets – many owners worry about their pets while they are away.

 

 

A recent survey reveals that 32% of dog owners think their dog is not able to be fully at ease when staying in kennels. In fact, 11% would not leave their dog in a kennel again. 33% of dog owners alter their holiday plans to lessen the impact for their pet. You gov survey 2009.

 

The changes in a pet’s environment may manifest as many different adaptive behaviours, some more obvious than others, such as increased or decreased weight, or a hoarse bark caused by excessive vocalising. Also consider that some of the unusual behaviour may only have been present when the pet was in the kennel or cattery e.g. pacing, withdrawing to the back of the kennel or run. Always ask how your pet has been during their stay, as this can impact on the time it takes for them to settle once reintroduced back into their normal home environment and routines.

 

What can you do?

 

Follow the tips to prepare for a cattery or kennel stay, and give your pet Zylkène. Ideally, start Zylkène a day or two before the holiday. However, many dogs and cats have learnt to associate cues such as the appearance of suitcases or pet carriers with these events, and this should be considered when deciding when best to start Zylkène.

 

Zylkène should be continued daily during the holiday and stopped when your pet is settled back into their normal routine.

 

Next time you are going away, choose Zylkène and help ensure a happy holiday for all the family.

 

Tips to prepare for

kennel/cattery stay

 

If your pet has never stayed at a kennel/cattery before, consider a trial stay for one night; this will help your pet to realise that you are coming back.

 

Familiarise your cat with their basket – leave it out at home, consider putting some treats inside.

 

If the kennels allow it, take your pet’s bed with them. However, be warned it may be chewed during the stay.

 

Take some of your pet’s favourite toys with them.

 

Consider providing a worn item of your clothing to reassure your pet with familiar scents.

 

Scenting the kennel or pet carrier can help provide reassurance for cats. To do this, gently rub their face and cheeks with a soft cloth or glove at home when they are relaxed then rub the corners in the kennel or pet carrier with this glove/cloth - at cat face height. This puts the scent from the cat's facial glands around the kennel.

 

Ideally, start Zylkène a few days before the holiday. However, many dogs and cats have learnt to associate cues such as appearance of suitcases or pet carriers with these events, and this should be considered when deciding when it's best to start Zylkène.

 

Zylkène should be continued daily during the holiday and stopped when your pet is settled back into their normal routine.

 

Next time you are going away, choose Zylkène and help ensure a happy holiday for all the family.

 

Fireworks, a traumatic

time for some pets

 

With 73% of owners saying they have a pet who’s scared of fireworks, inevitably this is a time where the help and support of vets and behaviourists can play a key role in helping your pet cope.

 

Left unmanaged, the reactive behaviour displayed by your cat or dog, be it hiding behind the sofa, digging up the carpet, soiling the house or barking incessantly to name a few reactions, may have a cumulative effect over time. Subsequently when a loud noise happens this may result in an increase in seemingly irrational and uncontrolled behaviour; it can also have the effect of elevating their response to other sudden noises such as doors slamming, thunder etc.

 

 

To manage this situation it is important to consider short term and long term management.

 

Zylkène has helped many dogs and cats during festivities which incorporate firework displays. Start Zylkène a day or two before they are expected and continue throughout the fireworks season. Keep in mind this time can extend for a few months, in some areas well into the New Year. Discuss with your vet or behaviourist any changes you can make in the short term to reduce the detrimental effects to your pet.

 

Once this high risk time has passed it’s a good time to consider how you can best manage your pet’s situation long term. This can be done in many ways and one of the most common ones is using a sound desensitisation programme. There have been studies that have shown this to be effective for dogs and cats. The training is similar to programmes that police dogs and horses go through before being put into public work situations.

 

By managing the short and long term aspects of this situation you will enable your pet and your family to enjoy the festive season without the worry and stress of seeing your pet disturbed.

 

Click here to visit our sound desensitisation programme