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Herbal remedies to help support happy and healthy 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.

Excitability is sometimes manifest as happiness in pets and is often misdiagnosed as a stress response. Animals can experience excitability when meeting a new animal or people, visiting new places or traveling. Our animals can also detect our moods and feelings and mimic our behaviors. Common “happy” behaviors for dogs and cats include:  

Playful, Frisky This language indicates a desire to play. The body position will often resemble a ramp, with the head and torso near the ground, and the back end is in the air. The tail is usually up and waging and the ears will be up and attentive, and the mouth may be open.

Relaxed Your pet will appear at ease and unthreatened by activity. Dogs and cats that are relaxing will probably not engage you or other animals. They appear approachable, their ears will be up but not forward, the tail will be down (not tucked), and their stance is loose with weight evenly distributed.

Alert, Engaged

When dogs and cats are alert, they will be interested, investigating or determining what to do next. The tail will probably be stretched out horizontally and often straight back, but not puffed. Ears are perked and placed forward. The mouth is usually closed. They may give signs of gathering sensory information such as smelling the air, twitching or rotating the ears, or tracking something visually.

Many pets suffer from over-excitable behavior which has increasingly becoming a growing concern for pet owners. Pets that are excitable are often difficult to control, disobedient, display unruly behavior and do not respond to your commands. For instance your dog may bark and whine continually or destroy your household for attention, jump on people, and simply be unable to relax.

Very often, pet owners may punish their pets by shouting or hitting them but this only compounds the problem. If you are going to punish your pet, it has to be done immediately and humanely because harsh punishments may be associated with other unwanted behaviors such as anxiety, aggression or submissive urination.

In order to correct over-excitability, pets need to receive sufficient exercise to channel their energy, and be stimulated through obedience training. Encouraging your pet to become calm and relaxed should be reinforced from as early as a puppy to avoid bad behavior patterns.

It is also very important to remain calm, controlled and patient around your pet so that he can gradually feed off your positive energy. Reward him with affection and attention through playtime, a pat, praise or a treat for calm behavior and ignore rowdy, demanding and excitable behavior.

This type of behavior is usually an underlying symptom of lack of socialization at an early age, lack of adequate training, stress, people, an anxious or nervous disposition, other pets and animals, loud noises, sudden movements or isolation.

If your pet shows signs of excessive excitability, and exercise and positive reinforcement training techniques are not helping, the animal may be suffering from an underlying disease such as hyperthyroidism. Your vet may also prescribe anti-anxiety medications to reduce excitability and calm the pet.

However, it is highly recommended that you firstly have your pet socialized from a young age, exercise him daily together with obedience training and positive reinforcement.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies provide benefits by soothing fear and nervous anxiety during stressful situations & everyday disturbances, preventing excitable behavior in dogs and cats, calming and relaxing excitable animals without the unwanted side effects of conventional prescription medications.

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.

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 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.

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.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

Other suggestions:

Socialize your pet from an early age by taking him to puppy socialization classes and many places or varied situations and as a result he will learn to become calm, confident and relaxed

Exercise your pet every day to work off excess energy

Always reward calm behavior by giving your pet a treat or praising him with a pat, "Good boy!" after a long walk or drive in the car

Expose your pet to excitable situations so that he can adapt and familiarize with new people and places

Ensure that you provide your pet with enough mental stimulation to ward off boredom. Teach your dog tricks, play fetch with him, hide treats around the house and let him search for them, occupy him with chew toys or change your route when you take him for walks

Take your pet for obedience training where he can will learn commands such as sit, down, wait, relax, come or off

Avoid reinforcing excitable or attention-seeking behavior such as barking to come inside. Instead ignore this type of behavior and then reward him with a treat when he has calmed down

Never hit or shout at a pet as this will only make them more excited and at the same cause them to panic

Punish or reward your pet within 15 seconds of good or bad behavior. If you are going to punish your pet after 15 seconds of bad behavior, your pet may be unsure of what you mean

 

 

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