Just like people, dogs are susceptible to suffering from anxiety, which has a negative impact on their overall quality of life. Sometimes the nervous system has an overreaction to something it perceives as a threat, and unlike humans—who can find comfort in talking things out and reminding themselves that feeling anxious is a temporary state of mind that will not cause them physical harm—dogs have no idea why they are feeling so terrified or how to calm down.
Some of the symptoms of anxiety in dogs are hiding, cowering and destructiveness. Triggers include hearing loud noises, being left alone, meeting new people or animals and travel.
In fact, a 2018 study sponsored by ThunderWorks, creator of the ThunderShirt, found that more than 80 percent of dog- and cat-owning families have experienced anxiety-related behavior problems with their pet. The study included 510 dog owners and 567 cat owners.
“We found almost 50 percent of the dog-owning families surveyed had a dog that experiences loud noise (i.e., thunder and fireworks) and separation anxiety – the two most common types of anxiety,” said Phil Blizzard, CEO of ThunderWorks.
So how can pet owners help their beloved pooches feel more at ease? Thankfully, solutions for canines suffering from anxiety come in a variety of forms, from relaxing sprays and CBD/hemp products to a speaker that can play music specifically created to calm a pup. These are just a few of the items currently available to provide relief for dogs.
It’s best for retailers to offer a variety of options, since what might help one pooch chill out may not necessarily work as well for another. And sometimes, the best solution involves a combination of approaches, so it might be good for dog owners to arm themselves with as many remedies as possible to combat anxiety.
ThunderEase Calming Pheromones will help dogs feel safer and less stressed, totally drug-free. Tested to be over 90 percent effective for reducing anxiety and unwanted behavior, ThunderEase mimics natural pet pheromones for calmer pets. Owners should plug ThunderEase Calming Diffuser in the room their dog uses the most and watch the difference in behavior. They can use the spray at home or on the go, or try ThunderEase collar for continuous calm.
Remedy+Recovery Calming Lavender Mist
A gentle but effective calming spray, this mist contains two botanical relaxing agents: lavender and valerian oil. Long-valued for its calming properties, lavender has recently been shown to produce “significant anti-anxiety effects,” according to the National Institutes of Health. The easy-to-apply spray is available in 4-ounce bottles and features attractive blue and white packaging.
Calm and Quiet by Therabis uses naturally occurring CBD at the core of its foundation to reduce anxiety and help dogs keep their cool. It’s perfect for dogs that are bothered by loud noises such as fireworks and thunder. The powerful combination of whole-plant cannabinoids and L-theanine keeps dogs at their social and emotional best for happier, healthier companions.
Treatibles Ready Packs contain ten single servings of 5-milligram organic full-spectrum hemp oil in easy-to-use applicators for controlled and consistent administration. The oil in these packs can help animals exhibiting anxiety, discomfort, loss of appetite, digestive tract issues and more.
The G.O.A.T. Pet Speaker features a water-resistant speaker that is about the size of a golf ball and weighs only a few ounces. It can also play music—some owners choose to play classical music to calm an anxious dog.
BIOHEMP+ Bites from Animal Nutritional Products are chews that contain the same proprietary CBD formulation as found in PhytoMAXX liquid and may help dogs that experience anxiety and stress. The easy-to-administer chews can also help with pain issues.
Calm Me is formulated for dogs exhibiting nervousness, hyperactivity and discontent, or responding to environmentally induced stress. It can be used for separation anxiety, travel, or stressful situations like thunderstorms or fireworks. Calm Me’s natural ingredients are veterinary-formulated and safe for everyday use.
Calm Down and Emotional Balance
If a dog suffers from fear of loud noises, trips to the veterinarian or groomer, jealousy, aggression, separation anxiety, thunder phobia or failure to adjust to social changes, he or she will benefit from emotional balancing herbs or flower essences. Earth Animal’s Calm Down and Emotional Balance are highly effective and side effect-free.
Relax & Calm
Tomlyn’s Relax & Calm is an easy-to-give, chicken-flavored chew that helps dogs cope with stressful situations. L-tryptophan and chamomile help promote a sense of calm and relaxation. Ginger helps settle uneasy stomachs that often accompany stress and anxiety in pets. Perfect addition for summer travel!
NaturVet Quiet Moments helps support the nervous system in reducing stress and tension. Veterinarian-formulated with a unique blend of Chamomile, Thiamine, L-Tryptophan, Passion Flower, Ginger and Melatonin. The Thiamine and L-Tryptophan help reduce stress and tension; Melatonin helps promote rest and relaxation; and Ginger helps support sensitive stomachs. It is recommended for storms, fireworks, travel, grooming and separation anxiety.