What to do if your dog is scare of fireworks.

Dog wearing a Thundershirt for Fireworks

Dog wearing a Thundershirt

Keeping your dog safe during fireworks.

With the Australia Day fireworks approaching, now is the time to prepare yourdog for the loud noises that might scare them.

Every year we see dogs injure themselves or run away during fireworks. Most of these dogs find their way home, but unfortunately many end up at the pound or are hit by cars as they run in panic.

It is important to be prepared for the fireworks, particularly if you are heading out to watch them yourself.

Our top tips for keeping your pet safe and as stress free as possible are:

  • Talk to your vet. Some dogs with severe phobias require medication, so if you’re worried your dog may injure itself or run away, please seek your vets help. Your vet can also help with advice on long-term control of the problem.
  • Try to act normal. Let your dog be with you, but don’t act abnormally or fuss over them. Try to play with your dog, give them treats or distract them in other ways.
  • Shut the blinds and curtains. This will help block the flashes from the fireworks.
  • Don’t tie your dog up with a collar. If they panic, they can slip the collar or choke themselves.
  • Make sure your dog is microchipped, registered and wearing a collar. If they escape, this gives you the best chance of getting them back.
  • Try to directly supervise your dog. If you can’t be there, try to organise someone to be with your dog while the fireworks are on.
  • Consider getting a “Thundershirt” or similar product. These can make your animal feel much more secure
  • Turn the TV or a radio on to try to hide some of the sound.

It is important to be prepared beforehand to ensure your dog is kept safe and as stress free as possible.


Tumour in a cat’s eye.

This poor (but absolutely lovely cat) had a tumour in its eye.

After checking for evidence of tunour spread to elsewhere in the body, we have removed the eye to hopefully save the cat’s life.

We have sent the removed eye off to the lab for analysis to see if we can confirm what type of tumour it is and whether we have successfully removed it all.

Fingers crossed.

Grass seed removal from a dog’s ear.

Grass seeds are one of the more common causes of ear problems in dogs, second only to allergic skin disease.

In this video, the seed has penetrated through the ear drum, so we needed to give the dog some heavy sedation then some anaesthetic gas to remove it safely and withminimal discomfort.

The dog should make a full recovery.

Eyelid Lumps

Eyelid Lumps in Dogs

Lumps on the eyelids of dogs is a suprisingly common problem, especially in older, small breed dogs. Fortunately they’re easy to treat.

We find that most of these lumps are benign, but because they have a tendency to rub on the eye we normally need to surgically remove them.

We can remover around 1/3 of an eyelid before needing significant reconstruction, though this can vary with the breed and conformation of the dog. As a general rule, the earlier we operate the easier it is to get a good result.

The surgery itself is relatively straight forward, with a wedge of tissue removed from the eyelid then the defect carefully closed. See the attached video for a before and after of a recent case.