• Herbal Farmwife

Valerian for Dogs?

A Calming Alternative Option Your Favorite Friend During Fireworks, Thunderstorms, and Other Stressful Events.

Lately, I’ve been seeing social media posts about how to calm dogs during thunderstorms and fireworks. Many dogs become scared, stressed, or anxious during these times. After the tornado, a vet recommended to put Rex, our 100 lb Doberman, on Melatonin. We gave Rex a 3 mg time released melatonin with cheese every day for several weeks. It worked like a charm. Melatonin is a hormone that is synthesized by the pineal gland in humans and produced in animals and in plants.

Our favorite farm dog quickly being uprooted from the farm to our home; where Rex went through periods of times that he needed a mild sedative to help him sleep, alleviate stress, or calm down from the trauma of a tornado that destroyed his home. Valerian root worked also for him due to its sedative and tranquilizing properties that benefit the central nervous system! Valerian and its root is a medicinal herb derived from a perennial flowering plant that has pleasantly scented pink or white flowers that blossom in the summer. Valerian root comes in teas, drops, capsules, and more. Find what works best for you dog. Again, Rex loved Valerian root capsules in cheese! Who am I kidding? He just loves cheese.

With any herbal supplement, please watch your dog(s) closely for side effects. Like humans, each of our dogs’ bodies is different and may reach differently to natural herbs and spices. Like any natural alternative medicine for animals, I do not recommend long-term use. But, if you need a short-term solution, Melatonin or Valerian does the trick.

DISCLAIMER: This information should not be considered to be healthcare advice or medical diagnosis, or treatment. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other healthcare professionals. Always consult a healthcare professional first before trying any herbs and spices mentioned in this posting.

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