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Types of over the counter products that can help your pet cope with fireworks

We offer a variety of products to help your pets cope with the fear and anxiety that can be caused by fireworks.

Here’s a summary of what is available to you without prescription.

If you know your pet is very frightened by fireworks, it might be more appropriate to prescribe him or her a sedative for fireworks night. If in doubt, make an appointment with one of our vets.

Next year, why not start early with a programme of desensitisation, to prevent the need for calming or sedative products? Ask to see one of our Behaviour trained vets or nurses for further information.


Zylkene Calming Supplement contains a natural ingredient derived from casein, a protein in milk. It is a molecule well known to promote the relaxation of new-borns after breastfeeding. Zylkene is great for helping pets cope when facing unusual and unpredictable situations or before occasions such as a change in their normal environment.

Why choose Zylkene?

  • Promotes pet relaxation
  • No side effects
  • Lactose free
  • Given once daily
  • Sprinkle capsules or chews



Nutracalm is a fast acting natural calming supplement for dogs and cats, containing 5 key ingredients:

L-Tryptophan, an amino acid involved in the production of the hormone Serotonin and shown to help manage aggression and stress; GABA, a neurotransmitter responsible for relaxing the nervous system; L-Theanine. an amino acid component of Green Tea, shown to have a calming effect in dogs and cats; Passiflora Incarnata, or passion flower, long been known for its ability to relax and reduce tension; B Vitamins, which help to optimise the integrity and function of neurotransmitters within the brain.

Why choose Nutracalm?

  • Helps reduce stress and calms behaviour
  • Fast acting (see benefits in 2hrs)
  • No sedative effect
  • Given once daily
  • Sprinkle capsules
  • No animal derived ingredients.


A calming supplement to help manage stress and anxiety, Calmex is fast acting and consists of a specially blended feed to help promote relaxed behaviour in dogs and cats experiencing behavioural problems as a result of their environment.  Calmex also contains L-Tryptophan, L-Theanine and B vitamins, as well as Piper methysticum, a plant extract that has been used over many centuries for its natural calming properties.

Why choose Calmex?

  • Calmex for dogs is a capsule which can be opened and mixed with food, or given whole to your dog.
  • Calmex for cats is a liquid which can be administered directly into your cat’s mouth, or mixed with food.
  • Designed for one-off or short term stressful situations, such as fireworks.
  • Given 30-60 minutes before the desired effect is required, with at least 4-6 hours between feeds. Can be given twice in 24 hours if needed.

ADAPTIL- Dogs only

Mother dogs communicate with their puppies using natural “comforting messages” released from the mammary area, scientifically called Dog Appeasing Pheromones. They are odourless and are only perceived by dogs.  These “comforting messages” provide a strong signal of comfort and security to the puppies but also have the same effect on dogs of all ages.  Adaptil is a form of these pheromones.

Why choose Adaptil tablets?

  • Fast calming effect in case of loud noises.
  • Give the tablets 2 hours before the beginning of the event 
  • Palatable tablets
  • Give with or without food

Why choose an Adaptil diffuser?

  • ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser is a good solution to use at home.
  • Easy to use: plugs it into an electric socket
  • Each diffuser refill covers an area up to 70 m2
  • Lasts up to 4 weeks. Refills available

Why choose an Adaptil collar?

  • ADAPTIL Calm On-The-Go Collar is an excellent solution to help your dog stay calm and adapt even outdoors.
  • Easy to use
  • Leave the collar on your dog continuously (except during shampooing)
  • 1 collar provides 4 weeks constant support


FELIWAY - Cats only

When comfortable and happy, cats mark their territory as familiar by rubbing their face against corners, furniture, people or other cats at home. By doing this, they release a pheromone, or “happy message”. When present in the environment, these “happy messages” provide reassurance to all cats. Feliway is a form of these pheromones.

Why choose Feliway?

  • Feliway classic diffuser is a good solution to use at home
  • Easy to use: plugs it into an electric socket
  • Each diffuser refill covers an area up to 70 m2
  • Lasts up to 4 weeks. Refills available
  • Feliway classic is also available as a spray to use on the environment when transporting your cat or when staying away from home.

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