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 Post subject: Valerian alternatives???
PostPosted: 20 Oct 2016, 18:11 
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I know a lot of folk use the skullcap and valerian at this time of year for the doods with the fireworks due, but I am wondering if anyone can recommend anything other than valerian? I am hesitant to use the valerian for Jazz as earlier in the year I had problems sleeping and tried valerian but will never use it again after the most horrendous nightmares I had.
I don't know if it would have the same effect on a dog as a human but I am not happy giving it to her, so wondering if anyone has a dood calming natural remedy??? :)


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 Post subject: Re: Valerian alternatives???
PostPosted: 20 Oct 2016, 18:19 
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Sculcap and valerian is a herbal remedy, unlike the Valium which some vets prescribe. Our Dude becomes very relaxed and unstressed on Dorwest's S+V and there are no nasty after effects. Anny


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 Post subject: Re: Valerian alternatives???
PostPosted: 20 Oct 2016, 21:43 
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Stout has a thunder shirt that he wears this time of year, he does seem a lot calmer with it on. If there is banging and we pick it up he comes over to have it put on. He needs a hair cut currently, we put it on last weekend and it looked like he had spanxs on, his middle was all skinny with lots of fur sticking out around the material :lol:

We also use a pet remedy plug in thingy in the living room, initially to help the parrot settle when we moved, but stout seemed to appreciate it too

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 Post subject: Re: Valerian alternatives???
PostPosted: 21 Oct 2016, 23:43 
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I love the smell of pet remedy plug in guess must be the essential oils in it.
You could try Zylkene
(special offer via medic animal at the mo on 20s)
T-touch is fabulous too


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 Post subject: Re: Valerian alternatives???
PostPosted: 24 Oct 2016, 20:11 
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I still use the Clix Scary Sounds CD every year at this time as a desensitiser.

If it's bad I use Calmex. We've tried Calmex, scull cap and valerian, and Zylkene and find that Calmex works best for my girls. Different things suit different doodles!!

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 Post subject: Re: Valerian alternatives???
PostPosted: 24 Oct 2016, 20:39 
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Thanks for the replies.
I now have the Adaptil plug in, will start the MagiCalm tabs (Triple source magnesium for optimum bioavailability, B vitamins and L-tryptophan and Chamomile for natural calming), really fancy the Thundershirt but don't want to spend so much if it doesn't work for her :roll:

I used the Clix Scary Sounds CD when they were pups, will have to dig it out !!!

Fingers crossed the cost of the fireworks will deter folk from buying them.




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