Keeping Your Pet Calm This 4th of July

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Anxiety for your pet can be displayed in many different ways. Some dogs are naturally more active than others and are always “on”. Then others are quite and meek. But regardless, most are affected by stress and anxiety in different ways by different triggers. And loud noises are a predominantly high trigger for most since they have extremely keen hearing to begin with. Many dogs run and hide while others continue to run until they become lost. Then others still get anxious and start snapping. So securing your pet should be your first priority.
Once this is done there are several ways to calm your pet down. If removing them from the stresses isn’t an option then perhaps message with CBD oils or drops and even calming dog treats are recommended.
Each pet is different so trial and error will help you to choose the right option for yours.

If choosing a calming treat, be sure you are comfortable with the ingredients. They can get their antianxiety and de-stressing properties from a range of calming ingredients. Most treats contain several for optimum effect. The following are some of the most common.

L-tryptophan and theanine: These amino acids are both capable of increasing serotonin in the brain. Serotonin causes feelings of happiness and well-being.
Passionflower: By slightly boosting the brain’s levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), it can lessen feelings of anxiety in dogs and humans alike.
Chamomile: Thanks to this flower’s mild calming effects, it may help stressed or anxious dogs to feel calmer.
Valerian root: This helps most dogs with anxiety, especially those showing compulsive behaviors such as excessive chewing and licking. That said, a small percentage of dogs get more anxious from valerian root.
Melatonin: A synthesized version of this natural sleep hormone is occasionally added to calming to treats for its relaxing effect. It can especially help dogs that don’t sleep well due to stress or anxiety.

It’s important to know what the correct dosage is for your pet. Of course, big dogs have larger doses than small dogs, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

Calming treats for dogs features

Organic-You might choose to buy certified organic calming dog treats if you’re concerned about pesticide use.

Treat type-Most calming dog treats are small chews or crunchy treats, but you’ll occasionally find other treat types such as calming rawhide-style chews or calming dental treats.

Grain Free-There’s no need to pay more for grain-free treats unless your dog has a legitimate allergy. In fact, whole grains are excellent for heart health.

In theory, calming treats should work equally well on all dogs, but in practice, they seem to work better on some dogs than others. This can vary based on a range of factors including the severity and cause of the dog’s stress or anxiety, the dog’s size, temperament, and natural reaction to the calming ingredients in each treat. For example, in rare cases, dogs can become more anxious after consuming valerian root, whereas most dogs become calmer.

How quickly a calming treats works
depends on your chosen treats. Some start calming your dog down within 30 minutes, whereas others need to be taken daily for a couple of weeks until you see the full calming effect.

LegitPet’s Calming Hemp Treats for Dogs:
Effective calming treats containing a range of active ingredients, including hemp, L-tryptophan, valerian root, and chamomile.
This one is made in the USA using all-natural ingredients. Pack contains 120 chews. No corn, dairy, soy, or other filler ingredients. Yet like many calming products, they don’t seem to work for some dogs.

Zesty Paws’ Calming Dental Sticks for Dogs:
These calming dental chews both calm your dog and clean their teeth simultaneously.
Calming ingredients include suntheanine, melatonin, hemp, and valerian root. Peppermint flavor helps freshen breath. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. However, It may take a couple of weeks to see noticeable improvements.

VetriScience Laboratories’ Composure Calming Treats for Dogs are
Daily calming treats that help dogs manage stress without any side effects.It is made with a “colostrum calming complex” biopeptide blend, plus it contains L-theanine and thiamine. Calming effects achieved within 30 minutes. Can be purchased in three flavors dogs love, including chicken liver, bacon or peanut butter. However, this one may not work for severe anxiety.