When my Cocker Spaniel was a puppy, some random kids on bicycles tossed fireworks at him while we were out on a walk. The kids quickly sped away, but left me with a dog who freaks out at fireworks and thunderstorms to this day. Fortunately, calming treats for dogs have made a big difference in how my dog reacts to loud sounds.
If a dog becomes stressed, separated from their owner for too long, or is hyper in general, calming dog treats are a viable option to take the edge off without a prescription.
We always recommend you talk to your dog’s veterinarian before administering any calming treats or new supplements. Keeping my dog calm without turning to chemicals or traditional medication is very important to me and millions of other dog moms and dads.
Keep Calm: What to Do If Your Pet Gets into Calming Aids or Treats
As offices slowly begin to reopen and people return to their former working conditions, pets will be left at home for longer periods of time than they may be currently used to. Being that many of us have spent the last year consistently by our pets’ sides, they may experience anxiety when we have to leave them for periods of time. To avoid the stress this can put on our furry friends, some people turn to calming aids and treats for their pets. When used according to the label, these types of treats should be safe, but what happens if your pet gets into the container when you’re not home?
There are a variety of calming aids for pet parents to choose from, all of which rely on different ingredients. This means that not all overdoses look the same as the next. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) took the hard part out for you and broke down a list of main ingredients commonly seen in calming aids for pets that can cause adverse reactions if consumed in large amounts. That way, should they get into a container without your knowledge, you can have all the information you need on hand to react and help your pet.
The best ways to protect your pet and prevent any accidental overdoses are to first, always discuss any vitamin, aids or supplements with your veterinarian before adding something to your pet’s routine. You should also keep any medicinal chews, treats or aids safely secured in a locked cabinet and well out of paws’ reach.
If your pet has gotten into a large numbers of calming chews or aids, or if your pet is unable to stand or walk, is very sedate, having tremors or if vomiting occurs more than three times, it is important to contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately so that your pet’s risks may be evaluated and your pet can be treated appropriately.
Other Ways to Help:
Best Homeopathic Calming Formula for Dogs
|Active Ingredients||5 x dilution of: Prunus cerasifera HPUS (Crab Apple), Clematis vitalba HPUS (Clematis), Impatiens glandulifera HPUS (Impatiens), Helianthemum nummularium HPUS (Rock Rose), Ornithogalum umbellatum HPUS (Star of Bethlehem)|
|Other Ingredients||80% glycerine, 20% water|
|Dosage||4 drops in mouth or added to dog’s food or water|
While this calming formula for dogs may not be your typical “treat,” Bach Rescue Remedy has been a trusted all-natural pet stress reducer for years. This tincture uses a blend of five different natural flower essences to alleviate anxiety symptoms in dogs, cats, and other pets. The formula was developed by a doctor and it’s plant-based and free of sugar, artificial flavors, gluten, and major allergens. Because it is natural, this tincture can be used in conjunction with other stress relief supplements and products, but make sure to discuss it with your veterinarian before administering it.
Things to Consider
|Active Ingredients||Ginger root, St. John’s wort, chamomile, L-tryptophan, melatonin|
|Other Ingredients||Brewer’s yeast, citric acid, lecithin, natural peanut butter & banana flavor (non-allergenic), organic date paste, organic flaxseed, sweet potato flour|
|Dosage||Up to 2 bars daily depending on your dog’s size|
|Treat Type||Supplement bar (soft texture)|
The Anxious Pet hits a homerun with this unique variety for dogs who love to chew on something more substantial. Produced in a certified cGMP (certified Current Good Manufacturing Facility) in Kansas, the bars come in packs of 5, 15, or 30. The peanut butter flavor used in the bar is non-allergenic to keep pets with peanut allergies safe.
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Best Calming Dental Sticks For Dogs
|Active Ingredients||Suntheanine, melatonin, magnesium citrate, chamomile, valerian root, taurine, hemp seed|
|Other Ingredient||Chickpea, tapioca flour, coconut glycerin, hemp protein, brewer’s yeast, bone broth powder, lactic acid, kelp meal, sorbic acid, magnesium citrate, rosemary, peppermint oil, citric acid|
|Dosage||Up to 25 pounds = ½ stick, 26-50 pounds = 1 stick, 50+ pounds = 1-2 sticks|
|Treat Type||Dental stick|
Some dogs love to sit and work on a treat, so Zesty Paws created a dental stick snack that helps to clean teeth as dogs gnaw on it. As a bonus, the sticks contain melatonin, magnesium citrate, chamomile, and valerian root to help calm nervous pups.
To support periodontal health, Zesty Paws includes peppermint oil, rosemary extract, and kelp in the sticks to keep doggy breath at bay. Feed your dog a Zesty Paws stick before a thunderstorm, car ride, or vet visit and minimize stressful situations.
Things to Consider
|Active Ingredients||Taurine, inositol, chamomile, passion flower, L-theanine, thiamine, magnesium|
|Other Ingredients||Dicalcium phosphate, isomalt, liver, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, natural flavor|
|Dosage||Under 25 pounds = .5-1 tablet, 25-50 pounds = 1-2 tablet(s), 50+ pounds = 2-4 tablets|
|Treat Type||Tablet supplement|
Some pet parents (and dogs) prefer palatable tablets to avoid caloric treats. Maxxidog’s calming tablets for dogs are designed to work in tandem with training your dog to better behavior. Designed to promote a balanced dog without inducing drowsiness, taurine and inositol are two of the active ingredients.
Things to Consider
Can dogs overdose on trekkers calming treats?
How many calming treats can you give a dog?
51 – 100 lbs: 2 chews daily. Over 100 lbs: 3 chews daily. Product can be given daily or on an as-needed basis. It is safe to double or triple the dose in times of increased stress.
What happens if my dog eats too many dog treats?
Can I give my dog calming treats everyday?