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Attention Deficit

Attention Deficit

Herbal remedies for Attention Deficit Disorder in dogs and cats and to increase focus, concentration and attention span.

Pet supplements for Attention Deficit in dogs and cats. 

The adrenal glands help the body adapt to stress through the release of natural steroids and hormones. With chronic stress, age and disease, the adrenals can become fatigued, affecting many bodily systems, including performance and memory. Natural supplements function as a brain tonic to provide neuro-protective support for cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and Attention Deficit Disorder, by promoting healthy brain ecology and function, maintaining healthy concentration, focus, memory and mental alertness.

Your pet’s ability to concentrate and focus on a task is important if you are trying to train them or if they are performing in obedience or agility shows. Just like people, pets sometimes find it difficult to focus their attention and can be easily distracted, especially when they are stressed or are experience new smells and noises.  

Some pets are just hyperactive by nature and are constantly in motion, not stopping long enough to focus on any one particular thing or action. This can be incredibly frustrating for pet owners and it can make training a difficult task. It may seem like your pet never listens, easily forgets the things you are trying to teach, make frequent mistakes and have difficulty following instructions. Without concentration, your pet is unable to focus on the situation you have presented and is unable to demonstrate the memory necessary to making learning possible.

When training a puppy to sit, you are likely in front of your pet and verbally giving the command to sit while gently positioning your pet. The verbal cue acts as the stimulus, while the sitting cue is desired behavior you want associated with the stimulus.

Once in the sitting position, praise and attention reinforce and encourage the desired behavior. Rewards can be treats or a favorite toy, and because the best reward is to please you, give your pet LOTS of verbal and physical attention and praise.

If your pet cannot concentrate or is distracted, they are most likely unable to listen to the verbal command, and unable to equate the command to the desired behavior. In order for training and learning to be successful, it’s important to get and maintain your pet’s attention. Eye contact is often a good gauge of attention. If your pet is gazing about, it’s likely they are not fully focused on you or your training cues.

Concentration and attention span usually improve with age, in the case of a young puppy or kitten. Concentration is also expanded with practice as well as a reward, such as verbal or physical praise or a treat or toy. These types of rewards encourage good behavior and reinforce the desired outcome.

However, even well-trained pets are often affected by stress, anxiety, excitement and environment, which can interfere with basic concentration, training, as well as competitive training and shows.

In cases of Attention Deficit Disorder, herbal remedies can improve concentration, memory, and overall cognitive function, modify behavior by balancing hormone response and help to establish a basis to learn, train or compete.

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies contain ingredients that support memory, concentration, mental alertness, and function as a brain tonic, increasing oxygen supply to the brain, also helping to prevent memory loss; relax the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems and other bodily systems; to reduce emotional, physical and environmental stress as well as reduce behavioral problems associated with disorders such as Attention Deficit.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) supports 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, 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.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

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 responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, 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.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Other suggestions:

A healthy diet is essential if you want your pet to perform at its best! Make sure your pet is on a high-quality and balanced diet that is low in fat and high in nutrients.

Make sure your pet has eaten before a show or training session as they’ll need lots of energy, and a hungry pet is likely to be inattentive and distracted. Just as important is making sure your pet is not over-fed as this will more than likely make your pet feel sluggish and unmotivated.

Anxiety and stress can easily distract your pet and make concentrating a near impossible task. This is something that usually improves with increased exposure to whatever is causing the anxiety in the first place. Try desensitizing your pet slowly to the things that are most likely going to be present at shows, such as loud noises, crowds of people and other animals. Herbal supplements specific to calming your pet will also go a long way to reducing nerves.

Excitement is just as problematic as anxiety when it comes to concentration, and many pets do get incredibly excited during shows and training. Try to calm them down by talking calmly and soothingly to your pet while stroking them gently.

Showing and training your pet should be a fun activity for both you and your pet, so try not get caught up in high expectations. Remember that if your pet stops enjoying it, then their attention will wonder and they’ll become unmotivated. Keep training and performing fun and exciting for them.

Many pets are extremely sensitive to our emotional and mental states. It is therefore essential to remain calm, de-stressed and focused if you expect the same from your pet. Becoming stressed out or irritated with your pet is the worst thing to do if you’re struggling to get your pet to focus. Rather take a deep breath or a time-out and come back and approach the situation calmly.

Exercise your pet regularly to improve over-all physical and mental vitality. While performing dogs generally get plenty of exercise, it’s important that it’s consistent and that they aren’t over-worked just before shows.

Provide your pet with plenty of fresh clean water before, during and after shows. Many pets are too distracted to drink at events, but drinking should be continuously encouraged. A thirst pet will definitely be distracted and unable to concentrate, and dehydration can occur quickly if your dog is in the sun and being active.



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