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Herbal remedies for dogs on bonfire night

Over half of pets are reported to be afraid of loud noises and with Fireworks Night just around the corner, pet owners are being advised to treat their beloved pets with safe herbal Skullcap and Valerian tablets to calm their nerves.

For many pet owners, the start of the Firework season signs the start of distressing symptoms in their pets such as salivation, excessive shaking and destructive behaviour. Sometimes this fear is ingrained from birth, but it can also develop over time, meaning that as pets get older, the phobia becomes more and more extreme.

Skullcap and Valerian tablets are a safe, licensed, veterinary herbal medicine which relieves anxiety and nervousness in cats and dogs. The medicine can be given up to a week before firework night and can be continued until the end of the season. The treatment is also effective if used from the day before any firework celebrations. Tablets can be supplied with a pill crusher so that the powdered tablets can be added to food for easy administration.

Another tried and tested remedy is Organic Valerian Compound, which is in liquid form. This is effective from 30 minutes after the treatment is administered, and is particularly suitable for cats and dogs. The liquid can be added to food, or ingested straight from the dropper bottle. It can also be added to bedding to enhance the calming effect.

Both medicines are fully licensed by the Government’s Veterinary Medicines Licensing Authority are available online from Medicine4Animals, a brand owned by leading London Medical Herbalist Deborah Grant, who has officially endorsed the medicines available on Medicine4Animals.com. Deborah explains: “21st Century Herbal Medicine is now being underpinned by scientific research and as such is becoming increasingly popular with more and more cat and dog owners turning to it for their pets as a safer, gentler alternative to pharmaceutical drugs with their sometimes unpleasant side-effect.”

Deborah, who practices at the world-renowned Hale Clinic in London, also claims that cats and dogs are benefiting from this natural treatment as there are no side-effects. Pet owners are also happy as treating common ailments suffered any serious health conditions should be seen by a veterinary surgeon. She recommends that Skullcap and Valerian tablets should be taken morning and night with food, with double the amount over Firework Night. The liquid Valerian compound can be taken with or without food, and can even be applied to bedding. Pets usually like the taste of this herb.

Amy Larman has been using the Organic Valerian Compound on her two Staffordshire Bull Terriers Tia and Tyler and says:

‘I have two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, one of which I re-homed and who can be very scared of loud noises especially storms and fireworks. I have been using Valerian on my dogs for the past 6 months and for the first time I can now relax on Firework Night as I know I have done everything I can to help them stay calm and get through it.’


‘Remember, remember your pets this November’

The firework season may go with a bang for you and your family, but it is estimated that approximately 60 per cent of pets become stressed and fearful while fireworks are going off, often when owners are out of the house enjoying the festivities.

Pet owners should plan in advance and prepare their pets for fireworks, to ensure that the experience is as stress-free as possible.

Why not follow the ‘Remember, remember your pets this November’ hints and tips to look after your pets during the firework season and help them cope with their fear of loud noises?


Protect pets from fireworks: RSPCA

Pet owners are being urged not to forget their animals this New Year’s Eve and ensure they are protected from the noise of fireworks.

Animals are often frightened by fireworks, which can cause them to flee their home in fear, the NSW RSPCA says.

Many end up lost and injured, adding extra pressure to RSPCA shelters across the state.

“Dogs, in particular, are scared of the noise and often injure themselves while trying to escape and unfortunately many are killed,” RSPCA NSW acting chief veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad says.

Owners should take extra precautions to ensure their pets are safe during festivities, including housing animals in a secure environment, keeping cats inside overnight and horses stabled at a location away from fireworks noise.

The RSPCA says pets should also wear identification and be micro-chipped with up-to-date contact details.