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Herbal treatments for depression in cats and dogs to help reduce feelings of sadness, grief and anxiety.

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. Herbal remedies gently relax and calm the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems without drugging your dog or cat.

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.

Sadness in humans is a common mental disorder, but it can also affect pets. Your pet’s mood and behavior may change when a new pet is introduced to the family or when a pet passes away.

Common causes of pet sadness and depression include:

Separation anxiety (from owner or another pet)

A family member moving away

A new person in the house

A new pet in the house

Moving to a new home

New neighborhood or surroundings




Travel (unfamiliar routine)

Symptoms of sadness are very similar to symptoms of illness, so observe your pet’s reactions and visit your vet if you suspect serious illness. 

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal treatments are used to help support and soothe the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, to reduce sadness and depression in dogs and cats, to provide body-mind relief to alleviate sadness and grief, for  lethargy, stress, anxiety, loneliness and other nervous disorders by providing hormonal balance and endocrine and immune system support.

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, promotes 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.

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.

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.


Other suggestions:

Music can be soothing. If traveling or in a new environment, play songs that are familiar and soothing. 

Give your pet 20 minutes extra sunshine per day. Light can stimulate the pituitary gland in the brain, and help to regulate mood.

Stimulate their minds in a positive way. Hide treats around the house.

Cats can be entertained with feathers, and inexpensive toys from a pet store.

Give your pet extra special attention and love when a new pet or baby or visiting guest is introduced into the home.

If a sibling pet passes away, take away all things that your other pets associate with the lost sibling.

Dogs and cats pick up on your feelings, too. Have positive thoughts around your pets!

Touch away depression. Move your pet’s skin in a clockwise direction, making small circles, in two second intervals, especially on the ears, face and neck).

Conventional Remedies:

There are many synthetic medications available to help treat depression in animals; however, they are accompanied with serious side effects as well as the risk of becoming addictive.

Herbal remedies such as Valerian Root, are recognized by the World Health Organization as being safe, effective and do not carry risks of addiction or serious side effects with use.


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