Could you recommend a herbal treatment for my dog? She is coming on holiday with us and we are due to stay with friends who have two dogs. Our dog gets very excited, and I’d like to give her a herbal remedy to calm her down.
Holly says: There are quite a few herbs that can be helpful in these situations. Traditionally, these herbs were called nervines, and were used to calm and settle the nerves before stressful events.
Camomile is a favourite and most dogs get along well with this herb. It is also helpful for settling tummies in anxious situations, as it eases bloat and cramping. You could use it as a tea added to your dog’s food or there are a number of companies, such as Dorwest Herbs, selling dog remedies that may include camomile and other nervines.
Other herbs to consider are valerian and scullcap, as well as oat straw.
Holly Mash – BVSc IVAS MRCVS specialises in complementary medicine including herbalism and acupuncture. She also runs an online course.
Scullcap And Valerian Tablets For Dogs And Cats
It calms and relaxes dogs or cats without causing drowsiness or sedation, enabling them to have improved concentration, making it ideal for use in showing, agility, or sporting activities.
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