November 5th is a source of abject terror for many animals, especially our dogs but also cats, horses, ponies and wildlife.

Please do what you can to shield your animals, don't let off fireworks close to the house and turn up the radio or television.

In extreme cases, some natural medicines may help. Otherwise, you may need the help of your local vet.

Homeopathy: Aconite 200c, Borax 30c, Natrum carb. 30c, Natrum mur. 30c Nit. ac 30c, Phosphorus 30c, Rhododendron 30c & Theridion 30c are remedies that may help.

Bach Flowers: Rescue Remedy and Herbal Skullcap/Valerian may also help.

Aromatherapy: Lavender oil is also relaxing and may ease the worst anxieties.

Bonfire building should be left until the last minute, to prevent colonisation by toads, voles, hedgehogs etc.

Whatever your political persuasion, it may bring a wry smile to think what Guy Fawkes may make of the Treaty of Lisbon and its effect on the power of the Westminster Parliament. What amazing timing for the last obstacle to have been removed.

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