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Old 04-14-2010, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do any of you give any herbs for calming ? I was told to find dry Chamomile to give daily in kibble (not sure amount ?) for a calming effect. Some real stressed enviroments, 1 of our crew does ok, but gets more nervous than our other 2. I have never done any holistic way nor meds so, was hoping to see what others have tried.

Also, input for human use ? Was gonna try Chamomile for both of us........ I get nervous before trials.

Any calming herb, etc anyone can recommend & it has helped.

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Old 04-14-2010, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've used herbal calming treats, and herbal calming liquids on certain occasions. In fact once I somewhat "overdosed" Tessa and she acted a bit stoned lol.

I had a home visit with the Italian Greyhound Rescue for fostering, IGs are really small and delicate dogs. I knew Tessa is great with them but she used to get so rowdy when meeting new people I didn't want her to blow the home visit by her excitement. I took her to the park first and ran her for about 2 hours, then gave her the full dose of herbal calming treats (it said to split it in half over 4 hours...) Then right before the woman arrived, I gave her a few more "for good measure" because I doubted they would make much of a difference. Tessa greeted the woman calmly, then spent the rest of her visit sacked out sleeping in the corner. At the end the woman remarked how laid back Tessa was. I blushed and said well she isn't usually this laid back but we were at the park for a while so she must be exhausted...

Moral of the story, those things DO work! haha. So don't go overboard before a trial
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LOL, thanks ! The trial thingy is more to calm me. Would like to go a natural route other than meds from doc. I'm not a pill/med taker at all & don't want to get hooked on something.

The dog gets stressed some at trials, but more like in crazy class setting or in public some.

I just have no clue on what to try or how much ?????

What did you use ?

So far, was told Chamomile, Cat Nip, or Rescue Remedy. I would like to stay with 1, not sure on the mixing ? Would be great if could use like 1 wk before a trial & not have to use daily.

That's why I'm asking, never have done anything like this & would love to go holistic......
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mixing herbs is fine if you know what you are doing, if you aren't it can cause a chemical reaction! I would go with the combination products there are out there. These are the treats I used in my above story Dog Treats: Drs. Foster & Smith Ultra-CalmŪ Bites for Dogs

I don't like rescue remedy because of the addition of alcohol in it. For yourself chamomile, valerian, and lavender are calming herbs. You could go to an herbal store and get a satchet of those mixed and put it in your pillow case the night before something stressful. Or a couple drops of essential oil on your pillowcase. But be careful in buying essential oils, if you do that read this first How to Buy Essential Oils
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I don't like rescue remedy because of the addition of alcohol in it.
RR is available for pets alcohol free, preserved in glycerin, if you wanted to try it....have used it successfully and have used valerian (smells really bad my dog didn't appreciate it!) for myself...it works too if it's for you, but careful can make you drowsy!

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Thanks for those that have shared their info to me so far. Any others ?

With the RR, do you have to give that daily to work ? Does anyone give their dogs dried herbs daily ? If so, what ? Ever use Hilton Herbs ?

I have called around & found I can order a 1 lb bag of dry Chamomile. I was going to use this in his kibble daily. Also was told Cat Nip is a calmer ?

For me, thought about trying Chamomile capsules or extract ? Just not sure if you take a few days before a trial or you need to do daily ?

That's why I'm asking on the holistic forum, wanting to learn. May PM me if not wanting to share here.

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Chammomile,cat nip,vervain(verbena),hops(herb-NOT alcoholic) and valerian root are ''safe'' calming agents. I use cat nip,mint,St.john's wort,and chamomile made into a light tea and add to the water bowl.I also add a few drops of suma/ginseng tinicture(glycerin base) to combat ''stress'' into the bowl when they are showing signs of stress or going to undergo a medical treatment the next day.
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Thanks for those that have shared their info to me so far. Any others ?

With the RR, do you have to give that daily to work ? Does anyone give their dogs dried herbs daily ? If so, what ? Ever use Hilton Herbs ?

I have called around & found I can order a 1 lb bag of dry Chamomile. I was going to use this in his kibble daily. Also was told Cat Nip is a calmer ?

For me, thought about trying Chamomile capsules or extract ? Just not sure if you take a few days before a trial or you need to do daily ?

That's why I'm asking on the holistic forum, wanting to learn. May PM me if not wanting to share here.

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Yes. Cat nip is a calming herb for dogs and humans.It is for cats too,but they get a more profound ''excitable'' phase prior to the relaxation.Humans and dogs do not get that loopy phase first.If your having anxiety I suggest skullcap tinicture.Skullcap does very well for my anxiety.If you get stress/tension headaches with your anxiety-try feverfew instead.It is used to treat tension headaches/migranes by relaxing you.I use Mountain Rose herbs for my herbal needs. Bulk organic herbs, spices & essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs
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Rose geranium oil is a calming oil/ also used to repel ticks and fleas.
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I went to the doctor not too long ago because I would get really anxious before falling asleep, and thus couldn't, and she actually told me to go to the store and get some melatonin. Your body produces it naturally, and basically the way she described it was it was the reason you feel relaxed after eating a big meal. They don't make me fall asleep, but I do find they relax me a little. You might try that. Though I would recommend whatever you try you try it out before the trial so you know how your body reacts to it before you're at a trial.
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