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Furry friends wellbeing particularly on bonfire night

According to the PDSA, a third of owners say their dogs appear down during the winter months but the real challenge of the autumn months is often at bonfire night which can cause pets real upset.

Be prepared with our handy guide below to ensure your pet stays healthy and happy.

Keeping mobile

Both cats and dogs can suffer with arthritis. Often this is just wear and tear of the cartilage within the joint itself, but sometimes it can be accompanied by inflammation. Either way, stiffness, lack of mobility and agility, and sometimes pain can ensue. If this sounds a familiar story, or if you simply want to help prevent joint problems, it can be a great idea to give them daily nutrients known to support joints.

Glucosamine and chondroitin come into their own here both helping to protect and build cartilage - the spongy lining inside the joint that protects the bones as the joint moves. Green lipped mussel is also valuable here. Providing a source of omega 3 fatty acids, this marine derived nutrient has been shown to be anti-inflammatory and to reduce pain, and may help make significant improvements to daily activity and weight bearing capacity.

Keeping calm

Certain situations can be stressful for our pets. This is often true around bonfire night but a trip to the vets, separation anxiety, moving house, new additions to the family and car journeys can all cause your pet distress. The amino acid theanine is ideally suited to these scenarios. It helps promote alpha brainwaves, thus aiding relaxation. Similarly, tryptophan might also be useful. Tryptophan is an amino acid precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for a relaxed and happy disposition. Research also shows tryptophan may help support pets with territorial aggression, which can be handy if there is a new member of the family - feline, canine or otherwise. These two amino acids combined with magnesium, which naturally supports anxiety states and aids relaxation, may prove an ideal combination for supporting calm.

Practical solutions like keeping your pet indoors, turning on music to muffle firework sounds and providing them with a cosy escape den are also great ways to help them feel safe.