Calming Solutions for your Dog



If separation anxiety is an issue with your dog, look no further. Here are some products that will help. This week, Dr. Mason Romero, DVM, will be talking about separation anxiety.


Swaddling Jackets

AKA, the ThunderShirt. This product does wonders to clam, relax and reduce anxiety in your dog. If you have kids, it is like you are swaddling a clothe around a baby. The gentle pressure relieves that anxiety. It calms during fireworks, thunder, separation, travel, vet visits, and much more. Everyone should own one and you will not regret.

ThunderShirt's website advertises 80% success rate to calming your dog. It is safe, easy to use, effective, drug-free, inexpensive and backed by many customers. The product comes in multiple sizes to fit every dog. You can purchase this item on Amazon, with a money-back guarantee.


Toys

Who didn't like playing with toys while growing up? Your parents could have left you alone for hours just to play. This is the same for dogs. They love to play. Some of the common toys that that can help with separation anxiety are chew bones, treats, bully sticks, and puzzles. Do not forget squeaky toys too. They offer a distraction while you are away from home.

The KONG toy is probably the best dog separation anxiety toy. We talk about it in our previous article.  Stuff it with your dog’s favorite treat, and it will keep your dog busy all day.


Dog Appeasing Pheromone - DAP

There are two products that produce Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) - a collar that continuous release pheromone and a plug in pheromone diffuser. Think of these products as aromatherapy scents that promotes health of body, mind and spirit. There is mixed reviews on both products. It would be best to consult with your vet before or after use.

DAP Collar

There are brands like Sentry, Adaptil and ThunderEase that sell the collar. The collar is easily placed on your dog and adjustable. As advertised by the product, the collars are clinically proven to reduce or eliminate stress-related behavior such as inappropriate marking, excessive barking and chewing. The collars help alleviate problem behaviors triggered by travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, being left alone and new social situations. The collar continues to release calming pheromones for your dog for 30 days and it can be used for dogs of all ages and breeds without long-term side effects.

DAP Diffuser


Diffusers are also sold by the same brands such as Sentry, Adaptil and ThunderEase. They are plugged into the outlet and they diffuse the dog anxiety pheromone. They dispenses a drug-free, odorless vapor that signals to your dog that the area is safe and secure, reducing your dog’s unwanted behaviors.


Calming Supplements

Dog supplements come in many types. There are chewable tablets, water additives, bone-shaped treats, and small snacks.  They are designed to be non-sedative, to help fight anxiety in your dog without any side effects. However, please consult with your vet before trying. There are a lot of success stories about these natural home remedies for dogs. Many contain chamomile, lemon balm, valerian, skullcap, and echinacea.

The product we recommend is Composure by VetriScience Laboratories. This treat can be taken regularly, and contains vitamin B1 and L-theanine. Both ingredients is used to calm and decrease behavioral issues with your dog. It is easy to administer as the chicken liver flavor makes your pup think it's a treat. Composure is not a sedative so it is safe to increase the dosage or give to your dog as needed. Composure is clinically proven to work within 30 minutes and last up to four hours. Again, please consult your vet if necessary.


Summary

Don't leave your dog with separation anxiety. There are multiple products out there for your loved one. We recommend testing which method works best. Get a ThunderShirt, give them toys to play with, try a DAP collar or diffuser, feed them supplements, but do not forget to consult your vet for advice.



Published by Dr. Mason Romero, DVM

Photo Credits: Amazon


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