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4 Natural Remedies for Pet Anxiety

Dogs are incredibly smart animals. They experience emotions and dream just like us. You bring them joy when you’re home and break their hearts when you leave.
Like people, dogs experience stress too.
Unfortunately, dog anxiety is all too common. Stress is a likely culprit when dogs act out. Tearing up the house, barking incessantly, or even going on hunger strike are all stress behaviors that you may recognize in your pup.
How do you calm your best friend when she's anxious? Below, we’ll share some great natural remedies you can try. Your pup with thank you for saying no to pharmaceuticals and their negative side effects. But first...
What’s so bad about conventional treatments?
Regular attention, walks, and play-time can ease symptoms; but many dog’s anxiety issues persist, explaining veterinarians standardly prescribing Xanax, Prozac, or Lorazepam to treat your furry friend.

Some negative effects from exposure to these drugs include:

  • Lethargy and/or drowsiness
  • Affected learning and memory
  • Increased urination
  • Upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting
  • Increased aggression and anxiety
  • Liver Damage
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Skin conditions
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Strange behavior, irritability, and possibly even an increase in depression.

Fortunately, there are plenty of natural alternatives to give your dog relief without the risks of conventional treatments.

1. CBD Oil

The CBD Oil industry is booming. But did you know, it’s especially popular among dog owners? Among CBD oil’s many benefits, research offers encouraging results when used to manage dog anxiety.

So, how does it work?

It’s unlikely you’ve heard of your pup’s endocannabinoid system, but it’s really important. Your dog’s body releases endocannabinoid chemicals which connect with receptors that stimulate her natural ability to create serotonin. Serotonin is a natural mood stabilizer.

Research shows CBD supports this process by interacting with the nervous system to soothe and calm your pet’s anxiety.

In a pinch?

Give your dog CBD oil 30-60 minutes before any stressful event, like leaving them at home, and this will help them feel calm and relaxed.

2. Herbs

Herbal remedies are a great option that can help manage doggy anxiety. Herbs can be used for separation or fear-based anxiety (thunderstorms or fireworks).

  • Chamomile – A powerful but very safe sedative. There’s a reason people drink it before bed! It can help your dog relax and soothe her stomach when she’s nervous
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) – Use it if your dog gets nervous in the car and/or gets car sick. This is the most widely recognized herbal sedative. It gently calms the nerves and promotes physical relaxation.
They can be made into a tea, used as a tincture, or as a capsule. If giving a tea, pour over food or into your dog’s water. If giving a tincture, add to water, food, or put directly into her mouth.

3. Essential Oils

Surprise, essentials oils work well for dogs too!

Lavender and violet leaf are great for their calming properties. These oils work wonders but for the safety of your pet, proper essential oil practice is necessary.

  • Always use a diffuser
  • Sometimes essential oils can make dogs uncomfortable. Make sure your dog has the ability to leave the room if need be

4. Dog appeasing pheromones (DAP)

As seen with essential oils, scents can help calm dog’s anxiety. Dog appeasing pheromones are another safe option for pet owners. DAP copy a hormone produced by lactating female dogs that causes puppies to feel calm. No need to worry about the scent. Humans can’t smell it!

While it’s been shown DAP can help keep puppies, studies for older dogs are less conclusive.

Every pup is unique!

Which means different remedies work differently for each. Try not to be discouraged if one of the natural options doesn't help your pet's anxiety. Keep experimenting till you find just the right remedy or combination of remedies - your dog will thank you!