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Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety

Herbal remedies to relieve performance anxiety and help calm the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems in anxious and nervous dogs 
and cats.

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.

Animals experience anxiety commonly just as humans do. Anxiety represents one of the primary reasons for veterinary visits. Performance anxiety is often referred to as “stage fright” and the ability to perform in an public environment is impact by acute fear or phobia. Animals may experience pressure and anxiety when performing publicly in competitive events or other public performances.

Symptoms associated with performance anxiety include panting, increased heart rate and body temperature, shaking, shivering, quivering, glazed eyes and the inability to focus.

Just like humans, with prolonged exposure to stress, your pet can develop an anxiety disorder. Traumatic events can make an animal susceptible to anxiety and performance anxiety can be related to a single or variety of factors from a traumatic event such as fireworks or thunder storms, a predisposition to nervousness, abuse, separation anxiety or loneliness. 

Our animals can also detect our moods and feelings and mimic our behaviors. 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 (diet which contains processed foods including corn, wheat, soy, meat by product, other fillers, preservatives and additives)

Change of owner

Grooming or 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, small groups of people and 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.

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The symptoms of anxiety 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

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies promote a calm and relaxed state and are effective, gentle and have few, if any side effects. Herbals help your animal to cope with anxiety 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 support to soothe, relax, calm and provide pain relief to nerves, muscles and all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems), for all types of behavior including anxiety disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, ADHD and ADD, to maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, reduce neuro inflammation and modulate inflammatory response.

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to 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 and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune response, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

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Life’s An Itch! - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin,  atopic and parasitic allergens, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

I AM A ROCK STAR! - (learn more) is used to help support adrenal glands to respond normally to stress and metabolic demand, to support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, to regulate stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, to balance blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, to increase muscle use, ability and stamina and to provide anti-inflammatory and immune support.

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.

Conventional Remedies:

Conventional treatment for anxiety often involves anti-anxiety medications including Clomipramine, amitriptyline and acepromazine, which are used to help suppress anxiety and stress.

These medications may have side effects and may not have been tested for use on animals. Associated side effects can immobilize pets and can result in diarrhea, low blood pressure, vomiting, dry mouth and disruption in normal bowel movements.

 

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