We can all identify with anxiety from fear, pain, restlessness, separation, or even depression so it breaks our hearts to know that our pets might be experiencing any of them. But there are some effective products for dogs and cats who experience anxiety either occasionally (like during fireworks), every so often (like when going to the groomer) or very often (like when you leave for work daily).
Not every type of stress remedy works on every dog or cat, but some are successful to most of the pets they treat. Here I'm going to focus on a few of the most successful essential oil products especially made for pets.
Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets is a very popular homeopathic oil among pet owners and can be used for dogs, cats, horses, and even birds. Instructions are to give your dog or cat 4 drops in water, on a treat, or rubbed onto your pet's belly prior to an anticipated stress event.
The active ingredients are floral in Rescue Remedy. Their common names are: Crab Apple, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem.
Contact the company or your veterinarian for amounts required for birds or horses.
Also popular and effective with most dogs and cats is SynergyLabs Richard's Organics Pet Calm, which is also administered in drops, but the number is based on your pet's weight. Apparently, this tincture is palatable; good, because you administer it by dropper or mixed in food. The active ingredients in Synergy Labs Pet Calm are valerian extract, chamomile extract, passion flower wxtract, and scull cap extract. Its inert Ingredients are deionized water, sugar, and sodium benzoate. It can be administered every 4-6 hours.
Canine Calm is not ingested; it is in spray form for use behind a pet's ears or on her chest. A more intimate way of bringing relaxation to your pet, you can make the application of Canine Calm a positive experience which also relaxes your pet. Ingredients include the pure essential oils of bergamot, tangerine, lavender, geranium, marjoram, and ylang ylang in water with polysorbate 20 (emulsifier) and potassium sorbate (preservative). Pet parents really seem to enjoy the fragrance; the oil is more popular than the pads. Canine Calm can be applied as often as needed.
Another calming oil that is topical is called My Peaceful Paws, and customers like this too. It is not to be used on cats. A spray cologne for dogs, called Paws & Pals Spray Calming Cologne for Pets, is also worth looking into.
Hemp oil is coming of age in its use as a calming agent for dogs and cats. Omega Pet Hemp Gold contains 250 milligrams of pure hemp which comes from pressed pure hemp; the hemp is mixed with hemp oil and grape seed oil. Hemp oils are not the same as CBD oil, which comes from the cannabis plant, but hemp does have calming properties and this brand is the most popular of those sold on Amazon.
Dosages are determined by the weight of your pet and are advised on the label. You can place the hemp drops in your pet's food or water.
Other pet hemp oils you may want to look into are not as popular, but highly rated. If you are looking for a hemp oil you may want to check out Omega Pet Hemp Gold, HempWell For Pets, and some of the other brands of hemp oils for pets found here.
Some of the essential oil calming treatments listed above are effective for cats as well as dogs. But Feliway products are specifically made for cats. Feliway, a synthetic form of feline facial pheromones, has been one of the most effective products at reducing or eliminating feline stress. You watch your cat releasing his own pheromones every time he rubs against you or against the wall or anywhere he wants to mark as his own. These calm him down. But when he really gets stressed, you need to 'powder' his environment with pheromones so he knows his surroundings are safe.
I have prepared an entire blog on Feliway, so I'll refer you to that to learn more about its effectiveness.
You should always have one or more of the above treatments on hand. You never know when your pet will need it unless, of course, you're preparing for fireworks, a trip to the vet, a driving vacation, visitors coming, a new baby....
That's the buzz for today!