National Pet Anxiety Month: Solutions!

Posted In: Behavior & Training, Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

March is National Pet Anxiety Month! As the weather gets warmer, there is also often an increase in stimuli that can be scary for pets. Between loud thunderstorms, more people out and about, summer firework celebrations, pets traveling with owners or visiting boarding facilities, etc., many pets become anxious and afraid. Rather than let your pet suffer, there are things you can do to help your dog or cat feel more comfortable.

Here are some of our favorite products when it comes to helping your pet cope with loud noises:

Pheromones for pets, such as Adatptil for dogs and Feliway for cats, are odorless to humans but they mimic chemicals naturally produced by their species. A calming pheromone, like the one produced by a nursing mother cat or dog, can help your pet feel less stressed. The pheromones can be sprayed on your pet’s bedding or in places that your pet likes to lay on. You can also purchase a pheromone collar for dogs or a diffuser that allows the pheromone to cover a room. You can purchase Adaptil and Feliway at AMCMA or our online store.

Calming Care
Calming Care is a new product from Purina Pro Plan’s veterinary line. It is a probiotic supplement that has been shown to help dogs with external stressors like separation anxiety and unfamiliar visitors. And, it also helps dogs cope with loud noises. You do not need a prescription to purchase Calming Care, and you can get it at either of our locations or purchase it online.

Zylkene is a behavior supplement that is available for dogs and cats. It can be used for long or short-term use, and it helps pets relax. It is an oral capsule that can be given whole or opened and sprinkled on your pet’s food. It can be purchased at AMCMA or here.

Sileo is the first FDA-approved treatment for dogs that suffer from noise aversion. Available by prescription, it is a gel that is applied on the inside of your dog’s cheek. It takes up to an hour for Sileo to take full effect, but it lasts 2-3 hours and can be re-applied every two hours, up to five times.

This prescription medication changes how messages are sent to brain cells. It can be given as needed, in the case of thunderstorms or fireworks, or it can be given daily for the treatment of anxiety. There are some side effects, so you’ll want to discuss this medication with your veterinarian.

There are other options that may work for your pet. Some of the products work best if they are started before the anxiety kicks in, so the sooner you talk to your veterinarian, the better.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.