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Calming chews or drops, do they really work?

I've been looking at natural remedies for anxiety/stress for Molly when it comes to travel, fireworks, thunderstorms. I spotted PetNaturals of Vermont calming chews and saw a few other types of products.

Has anybody tried this, or can you recommend another brand?
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Another kind is Rescue Spray. People can use it too. It can't hurt to try the remedies and see if you notice a difference.


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The “Flower Essences’” are good but short lived and you have to keep administering it if the stress hasn’t abated.
Below, is what I used for many years with our first GSD who was afraid of fire crackers and storms. Funny thing is….when she knew a storm was coming (and I didn’t) she’d come and get me and take me to the closet where it kept it so that I would get it for her! LOL With her, I opened the caps and mixed with raw meat or peanut butter. They smell AWFUL but she at it happily. This is a human professional product. The following two methods are a rule of thumb for using human supplements for dogs:
  • 100 pounds or more gets the full human dose
  • 90 to 100 pounds get 90% of the human dose
  • 80 to 90 pounds get 80% of the human dose
  • 70 to 80 pounds get 70% of the human dose
  • 60 to 70 pounds get 60% of the human dose
  • 50 to 60 pounds get 50% of the human dose
  • 40 to 50 pounds get 40% of the human dose
  • 30 to 40 pounds get 30% of the human dose
  • 20 to 30 pounds get 20% of the human dose
  • 10 to 20 pounds get 10% of the human dose
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An easy way to convert the dosage for your dog is to take your dog's weight, consider it a percent, and multiply the recommended dosage by that percent. For example, if your dog weighs 20 pounds then you would give your dog 20 percent of the recommended human dosage. If your dog weighs 75 pounds they would receive 75 percent of the dosage.

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There also some homeopathic’s that you can use if you’d like to PM me for more info.
Some people swear by the “Thunder Shirt” but I have not had experience with it.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2013, 05:06 PM
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Have you tried or looked into Rescue Remedies?

Have you also considered looking into Thundershirt? I know a of a few rescues who use the shirt for the dogs who are fearful of fireworks and thunderstorms and they said that the shirt works great.
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Have you tried or looked into Rescue Remedies?

Have you also considered looking into Thundershirt? I know a of a few rescues who use the shirt for the dogs who are fearful of fireworks and thunderstorms and they said that the shirt works great.
My dog goes nuts with fireworks and storms and really hates it when the rain beats loud and hard against the windows. He just stands there barking at the window. I found that if I just lay a big fluffy towel over his back and pinned it closed in front works pretty well. I wasn't willing to pay big money for a Thundershirt which I think is basically the same thing. I also put some lavender essential oil on his ear tips.

It's not 100% but it helps keep my eardrums from bleeding.
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