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Howling in Dogs and Cats


Pet supplements to help reduce Howling in dogs and cats.

Howling in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help address anxiety and howling in dogs and cats by naturally calming and supporting the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems.   

Animals routinely experience irregularities in bodily systems, including the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, requiring a correction to restore emotional balance, to promote relaxation, to balance mood and provide feelings of comfort and security.

Anxiety, which may induce howling in dogs and cats, is a very common problem, representing one of the top reasons for veterinary visits. Animals can experience anxiety when left alone for long periods of time, lack social contact, are confined to small spaces, experience boredom or are ill. Our animals can also detect our moods and feelings and mimic our behaviors. Just like humans, with prolonged exposure to stress, your pet can develop an anxiety disorder.

Some pet owners are surprised to learn that pets are sensitive to changes in their environments and the same factors that stress humans affect animals, including:

Separation anxiety (from owner or another pet)

Addition to family (baby, spouse, another animal, visiting guests)

A new home, relocation, boarding, kenneling

Illness

Poor nutrition (usually related to processed foods including corn, wheat, soy, meat by product, colorants, other fillers, preservatives and additives)

Change of pet parent or owner

Grooming visits

Vet visits

Emotional stress: abuse, fear, traumatic event, genetic nervous temperament, death of a family member or pet companion, jealousy or rivalry, stress and poor health

Change in daily routine

Crowds

Large groups of people

Small children

Breeding

Noises, pressure or phobias: thunder, lightning, fireworks, sirens, loud parties, dryers, vacuum cleaner

The most common anxiety disorders include separation anxiety, 
noise phobias and social anxiety:

Separation anxiety is one of the most common anxiety disorders and typically occurs when pets are left alone and separated from their owners. Destructive behavior such as continuous barking and whining, chewed furniture, scratching of doors or soiled floors may be exhibited when the pet is left alone.

Noise phobia occurs when pets are fearful of loud noises such as thunderstorms, firecrackers, gunshots, sound of birds, a vacuum cleaner or a hairdryer. Often, when animals are frightened by loud noises they may run and hide to a safer haven. In trying to escape, they may endanger themselves by jumping through windows, digging or running away. Other signs of fear that may be displayed include excessive barking, meowing, drooling, trembling, chewing, urinating or defecating.

Social anxiety most often occurs when pets have not been socialized at an early age. Pets that have not been socialized are fearful and overwhelmed by crowds, small groups of people as well as other animals. When the pet becomes anxious, he may feel trapped and cornered which in turn causes him to react aggressively or run to a safe retreat.

The symptoms of anxiety that may lead to howling include:

Excessive barking

Nervousness

Whining and moaning

Trembling or shivering

Drooling and panting

Pacing

Poor appetite

Licking or chewing of skin

Hyperactivity or excitability

Soiling the house or tearing up household items in your absence

Other suggestions:

Your pet may benefit from being taught behavior modifications when addressing anxiety and phobias. Professional training may help your pet to understand and respond to your commands and an owner can also learn an appropriate reward system so as to not further confuse an animal.

Make sure your pet has a holistic, grain-free or chemical free diet, fresh, filtered water, plenty of exercise and affection.

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

Herbal remedies can help promote a calm and relaxed state, to soothe stress, fear and nervous anxiety during stressful situations & everyday disturbances, to help address the sudden and immediate symptoms of stress, such as quivering and panting, to help relieve the anxiety and tension related to stress, to help cope with anxiety and nervousness by working on a variety of bodily systems to provide whole systemic support, relaxing the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems, allowing your animal to distinguish between a safe vs. fearful situation.

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

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.

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. 

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.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) support the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support; may help fight infection in the animal body.

 

 

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. 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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