Causes for stress

  • Loud noises- such as fireworks
  • Moving house
  • A new pet in the home
  • Travelling in the car
  • A new baby
  • Staying home alone
  • Visitors
  • Visiting the vet / groomers / kennels / cattery
  • Even new furniture can stress cats!

Signs of anxiety in dogs

  • Constant barking
  • Shaking/ shivering / trembling
  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Being unusually quiet

Signs of anxiety in cats

  • Spraying
  • Scratching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hiding

Adaptil for dogs

This is a replication of the pheromone that mother dogs naturally emit to their puppies just after birth, to comfort them and reinforce the attachment between the mother and her offspring. This helps with feelings of anxiousness and reassures your dog during the stressful situation.

This is available in plug in diffusers, sprays and collars.

For more info visit ; http://www.adaptil.com/uk/Adaptil

Feliway for cats

This is similar to the Adaptil in the way it works.

It is available in plug in diffusers and sprays.

For more info visit; http://www.feliway.com/uk/Feliway

Calming Tablets

There are also short term tablets available for your cat or dog.

Nutracalm

These are specifically formulated to naturally calm anxious pets and to help reduce unwanted or unruly behaviour. Nutracalm helps to normalise neurotransmitter activity and reduce mood swings, without the side effects associated with some drugs.

They contain:

L-Tryptophan – is a natural amino acid found in many proteins which is involved in the production of the hormone Serotonin and has been shown to help reduce aggression and stress.

GABA – is an important neurotransmitter in the brain and is responsible for relaxing the nervous system. A deficiency in GABA can lead to anxiety and phobias.

L-Theanine – is an amino acid component of Green Tea and is involved in Dopamine neurotransmitter function. It has been shown to have a calming effect in dogs and cats.

Passiflora Incarnata – Commonly known as passion flower this extract has long been known for its ability to relax and reduce tension. Biochemical studies show that natural flavonoids are a key active ingredient and that Passiflora strengthens the effectiveness of GABA brain receptors which promote relaxation.

B Vitamins – helps to optimise the integrity and function of neurotransmitters within the brain.