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Natural treatments for nervous dogs and cats to help calm anxious disorders such as licking.

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

Many dogs and cats experience emotional distress for a variety of reasons, including environmental and situational stressors such as traveling, boarding, daycare, vet and grooming visits, introduction into a new home, loss of a family member or family pet, separation from owners, visiting guests, transitional or traumatic events, competitive events, abuse, an inappropriate diet (one which contains processed foods including corn, wheat, soy or other fillers) and general anxiety that is commonly experienced that includes irregular behaviors manifest as urine marking, excessive scratching, panting, trembling or shivering.

Our pets feel restless, jittery and nervous when they feel uncertain. Animals need to feel secure and protected in order to relax. In the wild, an animal relies on the ‘fight or flight’ response to impending danger. This means that they have two choices: to stay and face the danger or to flee. Some animals can be more nervous and un-trusting than others.

Nervousness and anxiety in pets 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.

It may depend on the breed or their background (if they come from abusive or neglected homes). Nervousness can be an infrequent, circumstantially bound problem (visiting the vet); or it could be the result of a disorder (separation anxiety or a nervous disorder). Either way, help is available, and if treated, nervousness can be managed.

If your animal is nervous you may notice some of the following signs:

Retreating abruptly at the slightest noise or disturbance

Tail between the legs (dogs)

Hiding under furniture or behind objects for prolonged periods of time (cats)

Rapid heartbeat

Rapid/Fast Breathing

Trembling

Muscle tension

Restlessness, agitation or skittish behavior

Upset stomach

Common causes of nervousness in pets include:

A visit to the vet

Meeting strangers

Loud noises

Traveling in the car

Abuse in the past

Thunderstorms and fireworks

Other helpful 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.

If you know that your pet is nervous in certain situations (such as a trip to the vet or an impending storm) put on the television or radio to help soothe and distract your animal.

Be consistent with your reaction to your pet. The whole family needs to follow the same routine when dealing with your pet’s anxieties otherwise your pet will become confused and even more insecure.

Consider consulting a behaviorist if your pet’s behavior is affecting their quality of life.

Regular daily exercise is essential to help keep your pet healthy and fit, as well as in peak mental health. Bored, frustrated animals can hardly be expected to behave well.

Be reassuring, but don’t fuss too much. Let your pet know that everything is fine by using a positive tone in your voice.

Have a safe haven set up in your home. Set up a spot for your cat or dog to retreat to if they feel unsafe.

Never reprimand your pet for being nervous. A raised voice or discipline will only compound the problem and worsen the outcome. Remember your pet is unable to rationalize their fears and have no concept of time passing and the anxiety abating.

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 and nervousness by working on a variety of bodily systems to provide whole systemic support, to act as a natural tranquilizer relaxing the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems, to soothe fear and nervous anxiety during stressful situations & everyday disturbances, 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 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 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 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.

Conventional Remedies:

There are many treatments available to help your pet manage nervousness, depending on the severity and underlying cause. It is important to get a professional diagnosis by a vet if you suspect that your pet’s nervousness is causing him or her distress or impacting on his or her daily life.

For treating occasional or situational nervousness, your vet may prescribe tranquilizer-type medication or nervous system relaxants. Keep in mind these are strong drugs and may be accompanied by side effects.

 

 

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