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Homesickness in Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens, Pets / Calming Aids for Separation Anxiety

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

Homesickness in Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens, Pets / Calming Aids for Separation Anxiety

Herbal nutrition to help reduce symptoms of homesickness, separation anxiety and general anxiety symptoms in dogs and cats. 

Dogs and cats experience stress and disruptions in body systems, particularly affecting the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems (including the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems), requiring a nutritional correction to help restore emotional balance, to help promote relaxation, to help promote "rest and digest" instead of "fight or flight", to help promote feelings of comfort and security, while also 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, and it can be just as damaging to your pet's health as yours.  

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. Remember what it was like for you to be separated from your mom and dad at a young age. It often resulted in crying, fear and a desire to be reunited with your parents. Especially for puppies and kittens, but even at any age, pets routinely (even daily) experience homesickness, separation anxiety, fear and stress.

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 help provide emotional relief but can also be used as a training tool to help your pet learn how to conquer homesickness, stress and anxiety.   

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 (even their kennel), 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. The result can turn the initial anxiety or homesickness experienced into a deeply internalized, traumatic event, with resulting long-term emotional and behavioral disruptions and problems. 

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. Providing premium quality nutrition and fresh, clean, filtered water can also help in nourishing your pet's needs physically and biologically, which are directly linked to their overall emotional health.

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 your pet or you leave your home. 

Helpful suggestions: 

For kittens/puppies (or even newly adopted adult or senior 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 to help reduce the stress your pet may detect

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. Herbal nutrition can help your animal to cope with anxiety and homesickness by working on a variety of bodily systems to provide soothing whole systemic support, relaxing the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems, as well as all body systems, including slowing heart rate, soothing digestion and eliminations and providing an important training tool to help your pet detect between real and perceived fear, stress or anxiety; also help to nourish nutritional deficiencies and to relax neurological stress triggers that cause stress sirens in the animal body. Plant botanicals may help lessen stress and anxiety, help reduce feelings commonly experienced by separation anxiety, depression and homesickness caused by emotional distress, loneliness or sadness, grief and pining and 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. 

Travel Well – (learn more) helps keep your dog and cat relaxed while on the go; useful for traveling, boarding or just playing with new friends, containing all-natural, organic herbs to promote calm, happy feelings, to help alleviate motion sickness (commonly experienced by dogs and cats) without drugging or the side effects sometimes associated with synthetic medications; to help tone body systems toward balance to relieve stress triggers in the animal body; to help restore emotional balance; to help promote feelings of comfort, security and relaxation by helping to soothe the brain, by relaxing muscles, by regulating irregularities in heart rate and helping lower blood pressure; as an alternative to benzodiazepine drugs (i.e. diazepam, imipramine) due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects which may help relax the Central Nervous, autonomic, sympathetic ("fight or flight") and parasympathetic ("rest and digest") nervous systems; to help nutritionally and phytochemically support balance throughout all bodily systems when your pet is anxious or stressed.

Serenity Zen Meal Topper – (learn more)  is used holistically for its nutritional content to help carry out a read/repair and restore function for imbalance in the body systems; may help relax and calm an anxious, stressed dog or cat due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects which may help relax the Central Nervous, autonomic, sympathetic ("fight or flight"), somatic and parasympathetic ("rest and digest") nervous systems; may help relieve stress triggers in the animal body and its natural plant based tonic actions may help bring all body systems into balance by helping promote feelings of comfort, security and relaxation by soothing the brain, relaxing muscles, and normalizing heart rate and blood pressure; may help reduce general stress and anxiety as well as behavioral responses related to introduction to a new home or family; adaptogen and nutritional content may help reduce restlessness, separation anxiety, stress, panting, whimpering, pacing, panic attacks and depression by cooling stress related protein and excess cortisol production in the body and may help reduce anxiety and fear related to vet, grooming and boarding visits, thunder and lightning storms and fireworks and loud noises; nutritional content may help reduce motion and car sickness commonly experienced by dogs and cats; may help diminish destructive behaviors such as aggression or urine marking; adaptogen content may help relax and soothe the adrenal, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems, helping to nutritionally and adaptogen content helps support balance in all bodily systems when your pet is anxious or stressed; suitable for all life stages of dogs and cats.

Anxiety Starter Pack for Dogs and Cats – (learn more) is a convenient and easy way to help relax anxious, stress or homesick pets, containing natural, organic super foods, herbs and adaptogens which help to nutritionally soothe anxious, stressed and homesick dogs and cats by helping relax the Central Nervous, autonomic, sympathetic, somatic & parasympathetic nervous systems; helps to relax stress triggers related to the adrenal, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, muscular & respiratory systems, for whole body balance; is mildly nervine & sedative; it does not drug your pet but helps relax muscles, lowers blood pressure & promotes feelings of security and helps reduce separation anxiety; may be useful for short term and episodic stress and anxiety related to travel, storms, vet and grooming visits, adoption, pain and much more; is a natural tonic, which helps to strengthen all body systems & works to nutritionally help restore emotional and immune balance.

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian may anti-anxiety medications such as Clomipramine, amitriptyline and acepromazine to help suppress anxiety and stress. These medications have associated side effects that immobilize pets and can result in diarrhea, low blood pressure, vomiting, dry mouth and disruption in normal bowel movements.




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