Dig this… a portion of this post is sponsored, but opinions are my own and 110% “pawthentic”!
Pet Anxiety Awareness Week (PAAW) is well underway, and I’m more than a little excited at this opportunity to give pet parents the resources they need to spare their pets the ordeal that we went through with my dog, Buck, when we were trying to help him deal with his fear.
The first step in helping pets with anxiety is being familiar with the signs and causes of fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS). Each pet is unique, so the things that cause them to become fearful, and the ways they react to their fear, won’t always be the same. As a pet parent, if you notice something not quite right about your pet’s behavior, don’t ignore it! Once you’ve ruled out health issues, it’s very possible that anxiety and stress may be to blame.
Signs of Anxiety in Dogs
Many things can trigger fear or anxiety in dogs. Some of the most common causes are noise, thunderstorms, travel, vet visits, and separation.
If your dog is feeling fearful, he may not be able to speak your language, but he can definitely communicate to you that he’s under stress. Dogs may show their stress by:
- hiding or cowering
- inappropriate elimination
- crying or whining
- excessive drooling
Signs of Anxiety in Cats
Cats are creatures of habit, so be on the lookout for signs of stress if there have been any changes in their lives. Some of the bigger events (like moving to a new home or adding a family member, such as a new baby or a pet) might be easier to anticipate. But even small disruptions in a cat’s normal routine can bring on anxiety. New carpeting or furniture or a change in cat food or litter may be enough to trigger feelings of anxiety in some felines.
Other stressful events may include:
- loud noises (thunderstorms, fireworks, barking dogs, or loud music)
- visitors in the home
A stressed out cat may show anxiety in several ways, including:
- excessive grooming, even pulling out fur
- excessive vocalization
- eliminating outside the litter box
- changes in eating or sleeping habits
You know your pet better than anyone else. If you notice these or any other signs of anxiety, you should talk to your vet right away. Anxiety doesn’t resolve itself. In fact, it frequently gets much worse as time goes on. So getting it under control early on is very important in order for you and your furry friend to continue enjoying a calm, happy quality of life together. Your vet can help you to come up with a plan to address your pet’s fear and anxiety issues.
A Simple Solution to Ease Pet Anxiety
I recently had the chance to try a pet anxiety product that I’m really excited about. NaturVet has a line of calming aids for dogs and cats called “Quiet Moments.” This amazing product is designed to support your pet’s nervous system, and it’s effective in reducing stress and tension and promoting rest and relaxation. And that’s good news for anxious pets and their parents who want a natural solution!
Quiet moments uses natural ingredients like thiamine, L-tryptophan, and chamomile to help pets stay calm. It also contains melatonin, which is known to encourage a more relaxed state. (Many humans take a melatonin supplement to help them calm down and get to sleep in the evening.) And for pets with sensitive tummies, ginger cuts down on stomach upset. The ginger in Quiet Moments also makes it great for travel, since it can help pets who may have tummy trouble in the car.
Quiet Moments is available in tasty soft chews for dogs and cats and chewable, time-released tablets for dogs. It can be used to treat pets with anxiety in many situations. It’s great for thunderstorms, fireworks, grooming, travel, and separation anxiety. Just remember to give your pet’s dose of NaturVet 30 minutes before a stressful event to give its relaxing effects enough time to kick in.
A Success Story
Since Chilly tends to be the most anxious during thunder storms, I was interested to see how he would react after being given the soft chews for dogs.
I’ve now used it three times prior to our springtime thunderstorms, and he seems to respond well to it. Each time, he’s found a quiet place to curl up and nap about 20-30 minutes after taking his Quiet Moments. And getting him to take it is a piece of cake – he loves the taste! He gobbles all 4 chews down and even does tricks for them!
This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in. ~Petfully yours, Kristen