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Natural Remedies For Dog Anxiety


There are various situations that can cause your dog to feel anxiety and stress. Some of these situations include separation from the owner, traveling, and loud noises such as fireworks or thunder. Dealing with a nervous, anxious, or fearful dog can cause frustration, and many owners turn to their vet for the medications to address this behavior of dog.

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There are various natural remedies for anxiety that work just as well as, or better than, the pharmaceutical counterparts, with zero side effects. You should always check with your vet before starting any natural or home-based treatment program. Further, you should use your dog’s anxiety level and size to determine the best calming option for him.

Some conventional drugs for curing dog anxiety are usually some form of anti-depressants such as Prozac, but these drugs may cause undesirable side-effects in your dog. Therefore, many dog owners have now turned to the natural remedies like essential oils, herbs, homeopathic medicine and so on to deal with this problem. In this article, we will look at some natural remedies that can be used to alleviate and lessen the symptoms of anxiety in dogs.


Herbs are excellent in calming the dogs suffering from anxiety. Some herbs with medical properties are mild and non-addictive and even do not cause drowsiness after use. Furthermore, nervous-calming herbs are also nutritious tonics that provide additional support to the nervous system of dogs. Below are some herbs that are widely used to calm an overly-excited, anxious, or aggressive dog:



  •  Lemon Balm: It is a sedative herb that is quite effective in treating dog anxiety and excitability.
  • Chamomile: This is a miracle herb that reduces anxiety in dogs. It calms the nervous system of dogs as well as induces sleep. You can give your dog chamomile tea before a long drive or soak a treat in the tea.
  • Valerian: This herb reduces anxiety as well as tension and over-excitability in the dogs.
  • Oat: it is one of the best nerve-calming herbs and nutritious as well. Some cooked oatmeal can be added to the meal of your dog.
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  • Skullcap: It is quite effective for the nervous tension and also helps epileptic dogs
  • Echinacea: It has immune-strengthening qualities. This herb can be used continually (in moderation) to boost the immune system of your dog under stress.


  • Catnip- It is normally thought of catnip is that it is used for cats only. But, your dog can also benefit from the catnip. This herb has a soothing sedative effect on the dogs. You can just sprinkle a little bit of catnip in the food of your dog.

Some other effective herbal remedies for anxiety are:

  • St John’s Wort is a tonic plant that is used in to treat anxiety problem
  • Astralagus stimulates the immune system, as poor immune system may cause anxiety in dogs
  • Jasmine has a calming effect
  • Passion flower calms the dog without making him sleepy
  • Green tea leaves contains amino acids that are quite effective to induce a state of relaxation

2.Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are effective remedies that can be used to cure anxiety problems in dogs. These treatments are made up of dilutions that contain different natural ingredients including plant extracts or mineral. The dilution compositions will be established for each pet in part, depending on several factors. Some common homeopathic remedies that are effective in dogs with the anxiety problem or depression include:

  • Chamomilla- As the name suggests, it contains chamomile and effectively reduces restlessness in dogs
  • Borax- It is quite effective for the anxiety which is caused by noises and fears
  • Rhododendron- It is applied in those dogs that are afraid of thunders or firecrackers
  • Phosphorus- It can relieve separation anxiety in your dog


Aromatherapy has been effectively used to cure different anxiety and depression conditions in the dogs. In this therapy, dogs are kept in a quiet room with a few scented candles, tinctures or burning incense added to the boiling water which will release an aroma that is meant to soothe your dog. Chamomile, jasmine or roses are some common aromas that are used to soothe dogs with anxiety.


Hailing from Delhi, Prateek Tiwari is an avid animal lover who believes in Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” A graduate in Biotechnology, he has vast knowledge about different breeds of pets and pet food that are both nutritious and promote healthy growth. In order to make people aware about pets and pet care, he shares his expertise through his blog posts.

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