• Aude Daigneault

Manage dog anxiety with Naturopathy

Can you tell if your dog is stressed or anxious ?!

Dog anxiety is common. This may prevent him from enjoying normal dog activities ... so it is important to find a way to help him relax and have fun!


Do you know what to do to calm your dog down when he is anxious?

Here are some great natural remedies you can try. They will help you avoid pharmaceutical drugs that have bad side effects.



What is anxiety?

There are 2 types of anxiety in dogs, behavioral and situational.

  • Behavioral anxiety occurs when your dog is constantly anxious about something. Separation anxiety is an example of behavioral anxiety. It is the most common anxiety in dogs. They are afraid of being home alone or separated from you in any way.

  • Situational anxiety occurs when your dog is afraid of something specific, such as storms, loud noises, car rides, going to the vet or groomer.


Here are some of the most common signs of anxiety in dogs:

  • Destructive behavior

  • Bark or cry

  • Agitation

  • Excessive licking

  • Tremors

  • Excessive panting


Natural solutions for dog anxiety

CBD oil:

The use of CBD oil is on the rise, due to its many benefits. It helps manage pain, seizures, even cancer ...


CBD is great for situational anxiety because it works quickly. For example, if you know a storm is coming or if you need to go by car, give him some CBD oil 30 to 60 minutes beforehand. This will help him calm him down and keep him relaxed. To give it to your dog, follow the dosage instructions on the bottle.


You can add it to your dog's food or place it directly in their mouth.



The herbs:

There are several herbs that can help ease your dog's anxiety.


Chamomile: This sweet herb is a powerful sedative, there's a reason people drink it before bed. It can help your dog relax and soothe his stomach when he is nervous. Use it if your dog is getting nervous in the car.


Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) This is the most widely recognized herbal sedative. It is safe and gentle and calms the nerves. It also promotes physical relaxation. Use it for stressful events or if your dog becomes overexcitable.


St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) A safe and effective alternative to antidepressant medications. Use it for separation or fear-based anxiety (thunderstorms or fireworks).

These three herbs can be made into tea or used in capsule form.


Here are the general dosage rules:

For dogs between 1 and 20 pounds:

  • Tea: 1/4 cup, 1 to 3 times a day

  • Capsules: 1/2 to 1 capsule, 1 to 3 times a day

For dogs 20 to 50 lbs

  • Tea: 1/4 to 1/2 cup, 1 to 3 times a day

  • Capsules: 1 or 2 capsules, 2-3 times a day

For dogs between 50 and 100 pounds

  • Tea: 1/2 to 1 cup, 1 to 3 times a day

  • Capsules: 1 or 2 capsules, 3-4 times a day.

If you give tea, put it over your dog's food or water.



Bach flower essences:

About 75 years ago, the English physician Edward Bach made an exciting discovery. He has found that the essence of some flowers helps restore emotional balance. And that makes them perfect for relieving stress and calming an anxious dog.



These remedies are gentle, non-toxic and cannot be overdosed.


You can use individual essences that match your dog's specific fears or you can use Rescue Remedy, a pre-made mix. It is available at most animal supply stores.


The Rescue contains five remedies based on Bach flowers.

  • Prunus: Flower of compulsion

  • Impatient: Flower of patience

  • Heliantheme: Flower of Terror

  • Star of Bethlehem: Flower of Consolation

  • Clematis: Flower of Presence

It can help in all kinds of stressful situations. Use it to relieve stress before going to the vet or groomer. It's also good for separation anxiety or for situations that you know will cause fear.


The version designed for pets is stored in glycerin rather than brandy.



Essential oils:

Essential oils like lavender and violet leaf are great for relieving anxiety.


Separation anxiety: neroli, violet leaf, vetiver, lavender, rose hydrosol.


Fear of thunder and fireworks: incense, Otto rose, hops and cornflower hydrosol.


Mix 5 drops of each oil in 2 oz of hydrosol.










Note: When diffusing essential oils, make sure your dog has a way out of the room if the oils make him uncomfortable.


Warning: do not use essential oil directly on your dog's skin or fur. Never let your dog ingest oils in any way. Never use undiluted essential oils on your dog.

Hydrosols:

Essential oils are very powerful for dogs, so hydrosols can be a much milder option. Hydrosols are the result of the essential oil manufacturing process. They are much less concentrated than essential oils and considered safer for dogs.



Soothing Hydrosol Spray Chamomile and lavender hydrosols will soothe and calm your dog.


Ingredients

  • ½ oz of neroli hydrosol (Citrus aurantium)

  • ½ oz of blue chamomile hydrosol (Matricaria recutita)

  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake before using and spray your dog. Refrigerate for up to six months.

Dog anxiety is common and if your dog suffers from it from whatever cause, it can impact their quality of life (and yours).


With these natural solutions, you can help her relieve herself.


Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.



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