Top Anti-Anxiety Products for Dogs

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Key Points

  • Calming treats work for dogs with most stages of anxiety.

  • Pheromone treatment is best for dogs with mild anxiety.

  • Anxiety wraps provide snug pressure on your dog, similar to swaddling.

Perk up your ears; it's time to conquer the thunderstorm!

While a pumpkin muffin was enough to help a police officer save a dog from a canal on June 17, 2023, it might not be enough to calm your dog during a thunderstorm or other anxiety-inducing event.

Veterinarians Malcolm Weir and Lynn Buzhardt say, "The signs of anxiety in dogs are often subtle. In fact, some stress-related behaviors mimic normal behaviors." That makes it hard to figure out just what is bothering your dog.

Anxiety significantly affects your dog's well-being and behavior. To help you address this issue, various anti-anxiety products are available in the market. Finding what works takes patience and dedication. If you have a dog with anxiety, check out the following products to ease their minds.

Calming Collars

Calming collars act like aromatherapy but for dogs! They use pheromones that mimic the natural hormones that dogs typically make, called dog-appeasing pheromones or DAP.

While "calming collar" is not the most scientific name, many vets are optimistic about their effects. However, even with prolonged use of a calming collar, dogs with severe anxiety don't seem to show improvement.

There are several quality options available for you to try to calm mild to moderate anxiety in your dog.

Calming Pheromone Collar
$18.99

by ADAPTIL 

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ADAPTIL Calming Collar

The ADAPTIL Calming Collar is designed to constantly release pheromones that mimic the natural calming signals mother dogs send to their puppies. It alleviates anxiety in dogs caused by various situations such as thunderstorms, loud noises, or separation anxiety.

When using the ADAPTIL Calming Collar, ensure that it fits properly around your dog's neck, allowing the pheromones to come into close contact with their skin. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and replace the collar every four weeks to maintain its effectiveness.

It won't work if you put this collar on your dog's regular collar. The calming collar must be as close to your dog's skin as possible to deliver its soothing effects.

Calming Collar for Dogs (3 Pack)
$36.00

by Sentry 

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SENTRY Calming Collar for Dogs

The SENTRY Calming Collar for Dogs also utilizes pheromone technology to calm anxious dogs. The collar effectively reduces anxiety-related behaviors, including excessive barking, trembling, and destructive chewing.

While these collars benefit most dogs, some may not respond as effectively due to their unique physiology or the severity of their anxiety. In such cases, alternative solutions may be necessary.

Calming Chews

Calming treats, sometimes called calming bites or chews, are supplements intended to reduce the impact of your dog's flight, fight, or freeze response. Some chews use casein, tryptophan, or melatonin to achieve this effect. Casein is a milk protein, tryptophan is found in turkey and makes you sleepy, and melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates sleep.

Calming chews work best on dogs with mild to moderate anxiety. Dogs with severe anxiety may need further intervention from a veterinarian to calm down.

There's another downside; picky eaters won't eat these treats. They have a particular smell that may cause your dog to turn their nose up at them.

Hemp Calming Chews for Dogs
$28.99 ($3.05 / Ounce)

by Pet Honesty 

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Pet Honesty Hemp Calming Chews

Pet Honesty Hemp Calming Chews are natural supplements formulated with organic ingredients, including hemp seed oil, chamomile, and valerian root. These chews provide relaxation and relief from anxiety in dogs without causing drowsiness or lethargy.

These chews work as a treat or when added to your dog's food. The effects may vary depending on your dog's response. It's recommended to gradually introduce the chews into your dog's routine to assess their tolerance and adjust the dosage accordingly.

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Follow the package instructions to ensure you have the correct dose for your dog's weight.

Composure Pro Bite Size
$43.99 ($0.73 / Count)

by VetriScience 

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VetriSCIENCE Composure Pro Chews

VetriSCIENCE Composure Pro Chews are scientifically formulated with ingredients, including L-theanine, thiamine, and colostrum, to promote relaxation and support balanced behavior in dogs. These chews are best for dogs with moderate to severe anxiety and can be especially helpful during stressful situations such as car rides or vet visits.

Consult your veterinarian to determine the appropriate dosage for your dog based on their weight and specific anxiety needs. These chews take time to show their full effect and should be used as part of a comprehensive anxiety management plan for the best results.

Calming Chews for Dogs
$32.90 ($0.37 / Count)

by Zesty Paws 

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Zesty Paws Calming Bites

Zesty Paws Calming Bites are soft chews containing natural ingredients like chamomile, lemon balm, and valerian root. These chews are formulated to soothe dogs during stressful situations, reduce hyperactivity, and promote a sense of calmness. They work for dogs with mild to moderate anxiety.

Carefully read the dosage instructions provided by the manufacturer and adjust the serving size based on your dog's weight. It takes time for the calming effects to become noticeable, so consistent use is essential to assess the product's effectiveness for your dog.

Liquid Supplements

Liquid supplements offer the same calming benefits as treats. These products often have a dropper in your dog's mouth to dispense the liquid like medicine. For other supplements, you sprinkle the liquid over their food as a flavor enhancer. The delivery method often varies by brand, so consult the instructions on the bottle.

Bach Rescue Remedy Dropper
$17.09 ($25.51 / Fl Oz)

by Rescue

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Rescue Remedy Pet

Rescue Remedy Pet is a liquid supplement that combines a proprietary blend of flower extracts, including rockrose and clematis, to provide natural stress relief for dogs. Administer this supplement by placing a few drops on your dog's tongue, adding to their water bowl, or even applying externally to their paws or ears.

While Rescue Remedy Pet is generally safe, individual dogs may have unique sensitivities. Consult with your veterinarian before incorporating this supplement into your dog's routine, especially if they have any underlying health conditions or take other medications.

Anxiety Apparel

Many dogs are terrified of thunder or other loud sounds. Unfortunately, not much is known about why dogs fear loud sounds. Perhaps it's simply that they don't understand where the sound comes from or why it's happening.

Have you ever felt better when getting a hug? While it isn't practical to hug your dog all day or during stressful events, certain dog apparel works like a hug. It makes your dog feel safe and secure even if you aren't there to wrap them in your arms.

Classic Dog Anxiety Jacket
$39.99

by Thundershirt 

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ThunderShirt

The ThunderShirt is a well-known anxiety wrap designed to apply gentle and constant pressure to a dog's body, similar to the feeling of being swaddled. This pressure activates your dog's natural calming reflex and significantly reduces anxiety-related behaviors such as panting, pacing, and restlessness.

Select the appropriate size to ensure a snug fit without restricting your dog's movement or causing discomfort. Put the wrap on your dog before anxiety-inducing situations occur so they associate it with feeling calm.

Many owners worry their dog will get too hot while wearing the Thundershirt. Avoid this problem by using it indoors and in a temperature-regulated area.

Sport Dog Anxiety Jacket
$44.95

by ThunderShirt 

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ThunderShirt Sport

The ThunderShirt Sport is similar to the original ThunderShirt but with added features geared toward active dogs. This sport version incorporates a lightweight, breathable fabric that allows dogs to move freely while providing the soothing pressure needed to ease anxiety. It benefits dogs who become anxious during outdoor activities or while traveling.

Measure your dog's chest and weight to choose the appropriate size. Use the ThunderShirt Sport for extended periods as long as it does not cause discomfort or irritation.

Get Anxiety Under Control

Anti-anxiety products play a valuable role in helping dogs cope with anxiety and its associated behaviors. Remember that no single product works universally for all dogs, and individual responses may vary. Observing your dog's behavior and consulting with a veterinarian will guide you toward the most suitable product and dosage for your dog's specific needs.

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