- Talk with your veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian about treatment options, which may include diet and exercise along with natural medicines and/or prescriptive therapies.
- Over-the-counter herbal, homeopathic and many other natural remedies are now available and can be appropriate for short term use. Make sure to use only products created for pets, unless directed by your veterinarian or an herbalist specializing in animal care.
- Many canine trainers with experience in anxiety behaviors can be a great resource for guidance with managing your dog’s behavior in anticipation of a situation.
- Understand that health issues, changes in the home environment and family dynamics, and even diet, can contribute to fear and phobia issues.
- With any household changes, try to maintain your cat’s schedule as much as possible—including meals and types of food, litter and box cleanings, and playtime.
- When going on vacation, plan for a pet sitter to check in and feed them at least once a day. Leaving a cat to fend for itself with a canister of dry food and a water dish can lead to potential health and safety risks.
- Because stress in considered one of the leading causes of urinary tract disorders, learn the warning signs and contact your veterinarian or an emergency clinic immediately if you think your cat may be in distress. Warning signs can include house-soiling, frequent and non-productive trips to the litter, crying while in the litter box or being picked up, and obsessive cleaning after litter box trips.
- Just as with dogs, there are natural medicines available to help with stress levels but be sure to use formulas specific to cats. Remember to discuss all therapies with your veterinarian to make sure there is no conflict with current medications.
- Seclude pets that are stressed by visitors in an isolated room with familiar bedding, fresh water, a litter box, and a few treat—separating them from commotion and preventing an accidental slip out the door.
- Remember to take care with handling them to prevent injury to yourself or them.
- Check out trainer and behaviorist Patricia McConnell’s posting on her blog on whether to comfort or not to comfort a panicky dog:
With so many natural remedies available, which one should you choose? As discussed earlier, use those only for companion animals and species specific, unless guided by your veterinarian or someone trained in holistic therapies for animals.
Homeopathics - fast-acting, easy to administer, can be used for cats and dogs.
- Newton Homeopathic for Pets Nervousness-Fear
- Dr. Goodpet CalmStress
- Animals’ Apawthecary’s Tranquility Blend
- World Herbs for Pets Pet Calm
- Herbsmith Calm Anxiety
- Spirit Essence Stress Stopper or Holiday Stress Stopper
- Bach Rescue Remedy
- Anaflora Tranquility
- Comfort Zone spray and/or atomizer for dogs or cats
- AromaDog Chillout and AromaCat CatNap
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