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Four plants to calm a stressed dog

Four plants to calm a stressed dog

The stressed, anxious, hyper-vigilant dogs are more numerous than we think. What are the plants that can help calm a stressed dog? Are they toxic to my dog?

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Valerian, a sedative plant for insomniac dogs

What is Valerian?

Valerian is a plant native to Europe, renowned for its soft sedative properties. Its roots are rich in valepotriates, Valérenic acid, but also of Valéréal and Glutamine which are powerful active ingredients against the stress.

The use of Vallerian allows appease the organization, fight against nervousness and prevent sleep disorders. It is a plant known since Antiquity where it was regularly used.

How does Valerian act on my dog?

The active compounds of the root of valerian have interesting properties for the dog. Indeed, this plant has an action sedative And anxiolytic On our small protégés thanks to their synergy. It is considered a natural sleeping pill for the stressed dog which has a disturbed sleep.


Passifree, comforting plant for anxious dogs

What is passiflore?

Passofreation is a climbing plant from South America. She is also called passion flower. The parts used in phytotherapy are the leaves and flowers. They have in their composition flavonoids and alkaloids which are powerful active ingredients which have a power to fight against anxiety And nervous disorders and the insomnia.

How does passiflore act on my dog?

Recent studies have been carried out on this plant and have highlighted the pharmacological effects on the central nervous system.

European and global health organizations have recognized its real efficiency in the treatment of stress.

This plant has an action sedative And anxiolytic On our small protégés thanks to the synergy of active compounds. It fights against anxiety, neuralgic pain, muscle spasms, but also palpitations.

This is done thanks to a modulation of the GABA system which is the main neurotransmitter which extinguishes the central nervous system involved in the control of anxiety. Thus stress greatly decreases the activity of cells in the brain of your doggie.

Hawthorn, calming plant for hyperactive dogs

What is hawthorn?

Aubepine is a thorny tree native to temperate regions. The flowers, leaves and buds are rich in polyphenols (flavonoids, proanthocyanidolic oligomers) and triterpenes. These active compounds have a remarkable action on the Cardiac rhythm regulation in dogs.

They also give protection for the heart and cells.

How does the hawthorn work on my dog?

Aubepine is therefore very effective for your little companions when they suffer from heart failure (during the early stages). But also for doggies aging Because brain traffic is stimulated. THE stress is impacted and is considerably reduced.

We find active compounds in the hawthorn that have interesting properties for the dog

The plant promotes dilation of peripheral vessels. In doing so, it helps reduce blood pressure. It increases the antioxidant capabilities of brain cells and allows better recovery of your loulou. Its stress and anxiety will also be attenuated thanks to the synergy of the products used.




Lavender is a plant native to the west of the Mediterranean basin. It is considered to be common in Europe. It's about a Toxic plant for dogs !

The parts used in phytotherapy are the leaves and flowers. It is one of the most complete flowers with the best known properties. We no longer present it because she was invited in the daily uses of many households.

This plant is a concentrate of powerful active ingredients which have power against the stress.

The use of lavender allows appease Insect bites, she has healing, anti -visuing/ antispasmodic property that reduces pain. She allows to fight against nervousness and prevent Sleep disorders thanks to its relaxing and soothing action. It is a plant known since Antiquity where it was regularly used.


How to choose anti-stress plants for my dog ​​and in what forms to consume them?

In general, these natural food supplements are less expensive than veterinary drugs and just as effective. In addition, they have no side effects.

These plant -based food supplements are widespread. To best treat your companion, it is important to choose the plants present in the supplements as well as their mode of administration.

Please note, the choice of supplement will depend on your dog, its state of health and its preferences (to facilitate the taking of the supplement).

The main forms in which we can find these plants:

  • Food supplements :

They are generally in the form of tablets, capsules, liquids or powders and can be mixed with the animal's food or its water.

  • Mastic products:

This is a product that facilitates its administration because the dog will chew it and relax while having fun.

  • Plant infusions:

To be done directly from the part which contains the main assets. Do not forget to let cool before mixing it with the food of your doggie

  • Diffusion :

For essential oils, they can be put in a diffuser to enjoy the smell and the benefits of the plant directly.

What are the prescribed and effective dosages for my dog?

The ideal is to adapt the dosage as a function of your dog's reaction and response.

Note that taking these supplements does not cause side effects and overdose is almost nonexistent.

It is very important to read the product instructions well before use because the dosage can vary depending on the products used.

If in doubt, do not hesitate to ask advice close to an animal health professional.

The dosage also varies depending on goal sought and the frequency of prescriptionot 👇

What frequency of administration of anti-stress supplements for my dog?

Thanks to the absence of side effects, taking regular supplements is authorized.

This can be used for preventive treatment -> Small doses throughout the year

For curative treatment: Stop at the recommended prescriptions and dosage.

What products with these plants for my dog?


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