Some dogs are creatures of habit, and any slight change in their schedule or environment can cause stress and anxiety. These calming treats are formulated with ingredients that can help soothe panicky pups in any situation, from a trip to the vet to a thunderstorm to a fireworks show. We've included both herbal and non-herbal varieties. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in February of 2017. Some dogs are creatures of habit, and any slight change in their schedule or environment can cause stress and anxiety. These calming treats are formulated with ingredients that can help soothe panicky pups in any situation, from a trip to the vet to a thunderstorm to a fireworks show. We've included both herbal and non-herbal varieties. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If a high-stress situation is on the horizon, VetriScience Composure (around $14) can offer some relief before your furry friend becomes a nervous wreck. It is one of the few options that contains thiamine, which has a direct effect on nerve impulse transmission.
Good for long car trips Proven effective in field trials Recommended dose may not be enough. Depending on your canine's size, you can give it between one and six K9 Nature Supplements Complete (about $28) , which contains four active ingredients: passion flower, chamomile, ginger root and L-tryptophan, which can help control mood. No side effects for most Can curb excessive barking Best for just light anxiety. In times of high stress and anxiety, NaturVet Quiet Moments Plus (appx. $33) can aid in bringing Fido back to a serene state. It comes in at a low price and contains melatonin, an ingredient that can help your pooch sleep better and relieve negative feelings. Contains ginger for easing stomach Recommended for plane or boat travel Some dogs don't like the flavor. $14) promote a relaxed demeanor in canines that are usually overactive or skittish. They can help with problems related to separation anxiety or environmental issues, and are specifically designed for pooches over 75 pounds. Nutrient-rich colostrum Made by a veterinarian Ingredients are not all natural. $40) is a top-notch, but pricey, remedy for curing your pup's jitters. These individual gel packets have a 98 percent absorption rate, compared to just 20 percent in chews or pills, and can be administered directly into the mouth, put in a bowl, or combined with food. Relaxes but doesn't cause drowsiness Sourced and manufactured in the usa Made with human-grade ingredients. You should notice a difference in your pet's behavior just 20 or so minutes after feeding it Kinpur FurroLandia Stress and Anxiety Hemp (around $34) . Along with ingredients like valerian extract and L-tryptophan, it includes a blend of 74 healthful minerals. Good for all breeds and sizes Non-gmo product Bacon flavored for picky eaters. $35) should help lull four-legged family members into a relaxed state, no matter what type of stressful situation they find themselves in. It contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which reduce joint pain and stiffness. Can stop hyperactive tendencies Supports a healthy skin and coat Natural alternative to sedatives. Zesty Paws Calming Bites (around $30) is made with Suntheanine, a form of L-theanine that stimulates relaxing alpha waves in your dog's brain while reducing beta waves, which cause anxiety and excitability, resulting in a balance that soothes anxious and aggressive behavior. Grain-free formula Available in two flavors Shouldn't cause drowsiness. Made with organic passion flower, chamomile, and ginger root, Pawlife Calm Pup (around $28) will put your furry friend at ease. It has a great-tasting duck flavor that most canines are happy to eat, and it contains glucosamine for joint support. Infused with hemp oil Takes effect quickly Good choice for travel. With an all-natural ingredient list that includes things like beef liver, chamomile, L theanine, and rosemary extract, but which doesn't contain any gluten, dairy, or corn, you'll be happy to give your pooch Mylo Pet Company Stress and Anxiety (appx. Can help with fear of loud noises Peanut butter flavor Some proceeds go to charity.
June 10, 2019: Picking a supplement for dogs can be difficult. It seems many ingredient lists are intentionally made complicated to hide possibly undesirable chemicals. You can rest easy though, as we've done the work for you, hopefully making your decision just a little bit easier. If you want an herbal option that doesn't contain any common allergens, like soy and dairy, then you should look to Mylo Pet Company Stress and Anxiety.
Other herbal options on our list include Pawlife Calm Pup, Zesty Paws Calming Bites, Moe's Organics Happy Hemp, and K9 Nature Supplements Complete. Though some of these do contain soy, dairy, and gluten. Moe's Organics Happy Hemp and Pawlife Calm Pup are worth a special mention because they also include joint-supporting ingredients, making them ideal for aging pups.