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Calming Aids for Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

Pet supplements to reduce homesickness and separation anxiety in dogs and cats.

Calming Aids for Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help reduce separation anxiety and general anxiety in dogs and cats. 

Dogs and cats experience stress and irregularities in bodily systems, particularly affecting the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, requiring a nutritional correction to help restore emotional balance, to help promote relaxation and balance mood, feelings of comfort and security, while supporting digestion during times of duress. 

Many pet parents are surprised to learn that pet anxiety is a very common problem, representing one of the top reasons for veterinary visits. Pets get homesick, experience separation anxiety and stress just like people. 

Kittens, puppies and even adult dogs and cats may become homesick or anxious when they are initially separated from their mothers or brought into a new home. Homesick and anxious pets may whimper, whine, lose their appetite, appear agitated and nervous and have diarrhea and/or become constipated from stress. Introducing a natural calming aid may not only provide emotional relief but can also be used as a training tool to help conquer homesickness and anxiety in your dog and cat. 

Our pets can also experience serious anxiety when left alone for long periods of time, lack social contact, are confined to small spaces for long periods of time, experience boredom or are ill. Newly adopted dogs and cats introduced to a new home or are re-homed, attend daycare, board and kennel, visit their vet or groomer, or any new surroundings can trigger feelings of stress and anxiety. 

Dogs and cats are intuitive and can detect and mimic our moods. It's important to create a loving, relaxing stress free environment, inside and outside of the home, especially when introducing a new dog or cat. Acknowledging these facts may help prevent anxiety driven behavioral issues, allowing your pet to adjust to new surroundings. With untreated anxiety or long term exposure to stress, your pet can develop an anxiety disorder such as homesickness or pining every time it leaves your home.

Helpful suggestions:

For kittens/puppies (or newly adopted dogs and cats) brought home for the first time, put a ticking clock near them that simulates their mother’s heartbeat and provide a comfy bed or box with extra blankets so that your pet can burrow and feel safe

Have a safe retreat box or spot in the house they can go to when they feel scared or threatened

A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel may help feel like their mother's body

Include a familiar toy or piece of clothing with their scent

Stay calm and happy

Be patient and remember how scary it can be to be young and/or in a new place

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies can help promote a calm and relaxed state and are effective, gentle and have few, if any side effects. Herbals can help your animal to cope with anxiety by working on a variety of bodily systems to provide soothing whole systemic support, relaxing the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems, work to help lessen stress and anxiety, to reduce feelings commonly experienced by separation anxiety and depression caused by emotional distress, loneliness or sadness, for grief and pining and to help ensure balanced mood and feelings of safety and well-being.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level nutritional and plant botanical support that works on all animal body systems to help soothe, relax, calm, balance and provide pain relief to nerves and muscles (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems); may be useful for stress, anxiety and behavioral disorders; may be helpful in reducing the effects of allergies, digestive colic, storms, fireworks, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, hyper-excitability, aggression, sadness and fear; to help address and reduce pain; to help maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, to reduce neuro inflammation,  and to modulate inflammatory response throughout the animal body.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) helps to support and nourish the endocrine system; helps support adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, may lend support to the pancreas in cases of dysfunction; for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian may offer a variety of treatments for your pet to cope with symptoms associated with anxiety. Anti-anxiety medications such as Clomipramine, amitriptyline and acepromazine are commonly prescribed to help suppress anxiety and stress, however, these medications have associated side effects which include diarrhea, low blood pressure, vomiting, dry mouth and disruption in normal bowel movements.

 

 

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