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A happy mind makes for a happy dog: Ingredients that help support your pet in times of stress

Just like humans, our canine companions can experience stress and anxiety. As responsible pet owners, understanding how to support our furry friends in times of distress is crucial for their overall well-being. In this blog, we'll explore ingredients scientifically proven to contribute to a happy and relaxed canine mind. 


Chamomile: A gentle herb renowned for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile has been successfully used as an anxiolytic to relieve situational anxiety in dogs. 


Valerian root: This herb is used to help relieve restlessness and nervousness and provide a sense of calm. In dogs, Valerian root has been shown to reduce vocalisation and pacing by enhancing calmness. 


Ashwagandha: This adaptogenic herb has been shown to significantly improve stress-related signs in dogs, with a corresponding reduction in urine cortisol and fear signs. 


Probiotics: Gut health is linked to mood regulation. Specific strains of probiotics have been linked to reducing anxiety in dogs. They are believed to work through neuromodulation of the gut-brain axis, influencing serotonin and stabilising the emotional status of dogs. 


Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These essential fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function and can positively impact mood and inflammation. Studies suggest they may help reduce anxiety and improve cognitive function in dogs. 


A combination of these ingredients is included in our Calm Formula - Powder Meal Topper, Calm Treats for Anxious Dogs, and Calm Dental Sticks for Anxious Dogs. 


Remember, a holistic approach combining these ingredients with consistent training, positive reinforcement, and a fear-free environment is key to supporting your dog's well-being during stressful times. 


Not sure what product your dog needs? Take our tailored, science led & Vet approved quiz. Tell us about your dog and receive personalised product recommendations, curated by Dr Steph Stubbe, Anipal's Vet & Founder.  



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