Natural Dog and Cat Anxiety Treatment
Pet Remedy Essential Oils Spray and Diffuser Review
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter
As a professional pet behavior counselor, I see a lot of scared dogs and fearful cats. It’s sad, really. I, too, have been in this boat with my golden retriever, Theo. He suffered from dog separation anxiety and he was scared of thunder and storms. It can be really tough emotionally on the human and furry family. Luckily, dog and cat anxiety treatment is available.
I take a multi-pronged approach with each pet, whether I’m working with a client or my own pets. There are five main pillars that I address with my clients.
- Veterinary Health Check
- Behavior Modification
- Food Therapy
- Natural Calming Aids
Within the natural calming aids pillar, some of the remedies we look at can include aromatherapy, homeopathic remedies, various massage techniques, acupuncture, flower essences, calming wraps, vitamins, or calming music.
Today, I will discuss one of the products I recommend to clients and use with my own pets, Pet Remedy. Pet Remedy is a special blend of various essential oils used to help relax and calm an anxious or stressed pet.
- Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Valerian is an herb commonly used for sleep disorders and restlessness. This herb helps to calm the nervous system and acts as a mild sedative, without decreasing reaction time. Approximately 5% of people respond to Valerian with hyperactivity. This herb has a distinct ‘musk-like’ smell.
- Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): Vetiver is commonly used in calming blends offering a centering and grounding effect. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies states that Vetiver has a soothing effect and can help someone recover from a severe strain, shock, fear, or panic.
- Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilcum): Basil oil is a good tonic for treating nervous disorders and stress-related headaches, migraines, and allergies. It is helpful for restoring the mind’s focus and clarity.
- Spanish Sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia): Spanish Sage offers a general relaxant effect. The herb can be used to help with nervousness and excitability.
If you have read any of my reviews in the past, you know I don’t just stop with the helpful ingredients in a product. I provide the entire ingredient panel for your review.
- Pet Remedy Spray Ingredients: valerian oil, vetiver oil, basil oil, sage oil and water (pH neutral)
- Pet Remedy Diffuser Ingredients: valerian oil, vetiver oil, basil oil, sage oil, inert carrier oil (Augeo) and water (pH neutral)
But does Pet Remedy work with scared dogs or fearful cats?
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I have been using Pet Remedy with success for my own pets for quite some time. I first started using Pet Remedy with our family’s new rescue kitty, Delilah, about 3 years ago. Currently, I use Pet Remedy with Dexter.
Delilah’s story and experience: Delilah was rescued from a local cat shelter as a kitten. She came into our home very stressed and lacking any confidence. We started to use Pet Remedy by spraying her bedding and a few toys that were around the house. Delilah would always gravitate to the items that were sprayed. Whenever she lay next to the bed or the toys, it seemed to help her come out into the main part of the home. We did also add confidence-boosting flower essences to her daily routine, along with play therapy.
Now, she’s been part of the family for three years and still is not totally confident, but she is no longer fearful or stressed. Whenever we have a home event that is a bit stressful for her (family gatherings, home improvements, etc.), we spray her bedding with Pet Remedy.
Dexter’s story and experience: Dexter has no fear. He is one of the most confident dogs I know, and his fearless personality is a true blessing. However, he does have a neurological condition, and on days that his disease is a bit more painful, he scratches his head a bit obsessively because of discomfort. He also has seasonal allergies, and some days he just wants to dig at his feet.
These are the times that I use our Pet Remedy spray. I spray my hands and do a once-over rub around Dexter’s head and neck. He quickly settles down and relaxes—no more scratching or digging. The calming effects of the essential oils help to soothe and ease Dexter’s mind.
I’m definitely a fan of the Pet Remedy spray. They also have a calming plug-in diffuser. The diffuser works in a 650 square foot room, and lasts about 8 weeks. If Delilah still had ongoing anxiety, I would definitely consider using the diffuser in her bedroom. When I started using this product, I was unaware of the diffuser.
I will continue to use it for my own pets and will continue to recommend the product to my clients working with pet anxiety. If you have a pet with anxiety, I urge you to seek professional help to learn how to help your pet cope and build up confidence. You can safely add Pet Remedy to your training program with confidence.
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