Helping Anxious Dogs With Dorwest Herbal Treatments

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Life With An Anxious Dog

Sandy’s Story

Many of our readers will know that Sandy, our second rescue, came to us when she was one year old. We believe that in the first year of her life, she was not socialised at all. As a consequence she was petrified of us, her new home, her surroundings, people, traffic, children; well pretty much everything.

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There was many an occasion when we wondered whether we had made a big mistake, whether we could help Sandy and whether we should keep her.

Two years on, Sandy is still with us. If you follow us on Instagram or over on our Facebook page, you will have seen her progress over these past two years. When I look back, or even read my first year blog post about Sandy, I can’t quite believe the difference in her now.

It hasn’t always been easy, we have changed aspects of our life because of Sandy and sometimes we feel like it’s one step forward, two steps back. Still, we wouldn’t change a thing, she is a part of our little family and we couldn’t imagine life without her.

What We Tried In Order Help Sandy

Every dog is different, what works for some, won’t work for others. When you are faced with a very scared, anxious and nervous dog, you do everything in your power to help it.

Believe me, we tried pretty much everything we could think of. I read lots of articles, researched online line, joined Facebook Groups and sought professional advice from our vet and a dog behaviourist.

What We Tried For Sandy;

  • thundershirt – we do still use this sometimes, if people are coming to visit/stay at the house)
  • adaptil collar and diffuser,
  • calming tablets from the vet,
  • calming music,
  • CDs with noise desensitising sounds
  • giving her carbs an hour after her food to help the serotonin reach her brain,
  • counter conditioning with treats (but when she’s really scared she won’t take treats),
  • essential oils,
  • cuddle heat/heart beat toy,
  • mental and physical exercise,
  • chewing type toys, and
  • Dorwest herbal treatments

About Dorwest

This year Dorwest celebrates 70 years (the same as the NHS!) of using their knowledge in herbal medicine for dogs health and nutritional needs, working and showing dogs, breeding dogs and most importantly, loving dogs as much as we all do!

Dorwest are in their third generation and their knowledge has made them the UK’s leading provider of canine and feline herbal treatments. They are the only manufacturer of herbal medicines authorised by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. Their treatments are prepared to pharmaceutical standards using active ingredients taken from the whole plant. Their extracts come directly from the leaves, stems roots and first pressings of oil. They only use herbs that reach their stringent quality standards and as a result they provide a comprehensive range of herbal veterinary medicines, herbal dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies to help keep balance in your dog’s life.

Their products are available in more than 20 countries around the world. I love Dorwest because I am keen to use natural products for our dogs, where possible, and support British companies, who love dogs as much as we do!

What Dorwest Products We Use For Our Anxious Girl

Dorwest’s website is very easy to navigate and their customer service is brilliant. If you are unsure about anything you can call them, they are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and understanding. Or you can also ‘chat’ to someone over the internet. They have a lot of information available on their website, along with downloadable brochures on certain topics. So there are many ways to find out about their products and help your dog!

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For Sandy we use their two products for ‘Nervousness or Anxiety’;

  • Scullcap & Valerian Tablets; and
  • Organic Valerian Compound.

Scullcap & Valerian Tablets

‘This licensed veterinary herbal medicine relieves anxiety, helps relaxation and reduces fretful behaviour. Ideal for long term use and can be given indefinitely or for as long as required for a calmer and more relaxed disposition. Give 1 or 2 tablets per 5kgs bodyweight daily depending on the severity of the condition, dividing the total dose into two and give morning and evening.’ (taken directly from their website).

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Sandy weighs just under 10 kgs, so she has 2 tablets in the morning and 2 in the evening, every day. We started off with 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening, but didn’t notice any change in her, and, since she was so nervous I upped her to 3 in the morning (which is wrong, but I was desperate to help her!) and 2 in the evening.

However, I noticed very quickly that this level left her very dozy and she no longer was her playful self. So we found her even keel at 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening (yes the recommended dosage for her weight!). It is better to ensure tablets are taken in the morning and evening to ensure an even coverage.

I am now trying a reduction of her evening dose to 1 tablet, as she is so much more settled now, we will see how she gets on, with this change.

Organic Valerian Compound

This tincture is used for specific one-off or unexpected situations. It has three herbal extracts in it and works quickly, within half an hour, to relax and settle dogs. It should only be used twice in any 24 hours.

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For Sandy we use it before her morning walk, which is always more stressful for her because it is an on-lead walk around where we live, a built up, noisy area, with busy roads & pavements. Then I will use it if we are going to the vet, or the groomers, or even if we are going to a dog-friendly pub.

Actually, these days, I find that I only use this once a day for Sandy. However you can also put a few drops on their bedding to help induce a calm state.

Dorwest Loyalty Club

There’s another added bonus to buying from Dorwest, their Loyalty Club!

‘It’s FREE to join and is a must-have for regular customers and breeders!

As a member you will receive:

  • 10% OFF full priced products for LIFE! (excludes discounted products)
  • Exclusive promotions throughout the year
  • Members only products such as ‘Puppy Packs’ ideal for puppies going to new homes
  • Show Offers and Giveaways’

We are a member, because we use other products from Dorwest and order regularly!

Sandy Today

I truly believe that these two products have helped Sandy tremendously, to get her to where she is today. She is a very happy dog, much more confident out on walks with unknown dogs and people. I think she will always be a nervous dog, but I am so pleased to have found a natural aid to help her, even if she takes them every day for the rest of her life.

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Love, patience and time definitely helps an anxious dog, but finding something that actually helps them through the times/things that cause a dog to be anxious, scared, nervous or reactive, is all you want as a dog owner. So thank you Dorwest, we can’t thank you enough for helping our girl.

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16 Responses

  1. Sonja

    I have an anxiety disorder myself … so I get what tis poor pup is feeling. I take valerian too! had no idea it was safe for pups!

  2. sadieandco

    Look at her! She looks so happy (and so beautiful).
    I wonder if they distribute to Canada. If not, I have friends coming over next month and will ask them to bring me some for Jack to try. I know Valerian has helped me get to sleep some evenings. I think it’s interesting that you were able to reduce the amount Sandy was taking and she still settles. It’s almost as if they learn to be more comfortable. Training wheels kind of idea. Thanks for introducing this product to us.

  3. Sweet Purrfections

    So glad you found some supplements that are helping Sandy. I’ve seriously considered try and supplements to help Truffle when I have to go out of town. We think she tends to get stressed easily when I’m gone from more than one night. Thank you for this information.

  4. Kamira

    So glad you found a herbal supplement that worked well for Sandy and helped her come out of her shell. I love the last pic. You can tell she feels happy and comfortable in her own skin. Will share this post as it may help other dog parents with anxious pets.

  5. Lola The Rescued Cat

    I’m a big believer in herbal treatments for pets. I’m currently using chinese herbal remedies for Lola, and it’s working great! I”m glad you found something that works for you.

  6. Jana Rade

    I am glad you found something that helped your baby. Living with anxiety is so horrible. I know because I have anxiety issues myself.

  7. Dash Kitten

    Sandy is a good and lucky dog to have someone who cares enough to work with him to solve his anxiety issues. This is a great company do help solve Sandy’s problems.

  8. Beth

    It is great that you found something to help Sandy! One of my dogs is anxious, I wonder if something like this will help her.

  9. Treeno7

    That product line looks great. I checked out their website, they have some very interesting products. I’m glad Sandy is doing better, she’s so cute.

  10. Debbie Bailey

    I’m so happy to hear that these supplements are helping Sandy! We’ve used a calming treat with valerian in it before too. Sounds like a great product

  11. Adriana Martin

    I do not have an anxious dog Bella is mellow and she is even kill however is good to know which supplements are out there if needed.

  12. Hindy Pearson

    Sandy is stunning, and I’m glad to hear how much these products helped. I looked into both of them for Red, particularly the tablets because it had skullcap but I was concerned by the amount of sugar in each one, although my vet wasn’t. I opted for the Valerian drops. I’m actually looking for something for my other dog Jack but he’s so fussy it doesn’t take much for him to refuse to eat and I’m concerned the drops may have a taste. Forget about tablets, no way would he take them. Do you have any experience with it affecting the taste or smell of food?

  13. Ruth Epstein

    I am so happy you found a natural way to help her with her anxiety and turn her into a happy dog but most of all is that you did not give up on her. Layla was an anxious dog when I got her but worked with her with no supplements and in those days I did not know of any but we have come a long way since then as I am sure you can see. I do use to keep her calm when necessary CBD oil and at nights when it is wintry which really unsettles her put her in a t-shirt which seems to calm her. I love hearing successful stories like yours and those products sound amazing

  14. Cathy Armato

    Sandy is absolutely adorable!! It’s amazing, sometimes you just need time, patience and a some research to help a dog with issues get to a point where they’re leading a fulfilling life. We had similar fear issues with Phoebe and it took well over a year for her to be as fear free as she is today and a well socialized pup. It’s so worth it though! I’ve never heard of feeding dogs carbs an hour after eating to help release the good hormones, that is so interesting. I love natural products like this one if you can find them.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  15. Amy Shojai, CABC

    I’d never heard of this company, but I’m impressed by the results you got with Sandy. So glad she’s happier and more relaxed now. I was aware that these herbs offer a calming (even sedative) effect but it’s ideal to have vet-approved products. Thanks for sharing your struggles and results!

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