HOW TO CALM ANXIOUS DOGS

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Number of dogs in the UK suffering from stress and anxiety nowadays is increasing due to separation, adoption, rehoming or other factors.

Stress is a normal physiological reaction to any kind of demand and it is necessary for animals survival as it prepare them for flight or fight by sending blood, oxygen and nutrients to the vital organs. Stress hormone cortisol, helps animals to build a memory for the stress triggers. If stress response is too prolonged or too intense, then stress become maladaptive for animals.

Anxiety is body’s response to a future or possible threat. It is maladaptive state where huge amounts of adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol are circulating in the blood and causing body to respond autonomously. In long term anxiety predisposes dogs and cats to diabetes, cystitis, gastrointestinal disease, dermatological disease, high blood pressure, stunned growth or problems with reproduction*. Chronic anxiety may lead to inability of animals to adapt and depression**.

The most common changes in behaviour of dogs who are under stress according to the Royal Canin, 2014 are:

  • Rapid panting and giving worried look of dog’s face
  • Sweaty paws
  • Displacement behaviour
  • Avoidance “calming” behaviour
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Stretching as dog’s muscles become tense because of inability to rest/sleep properly
  • Shaking and shivering
  • Excessive grooming
  • Coat shedding
  • Reactivity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Polydipsia
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea

Doggy’s Cuppa Vet formulated the Calming Brew with care for dogs experiencing stress and anxiety. This brew is aimed to help relive anxiety of your dog whilst reducing stress.

Serve Doggy’s Cuppa Calming Brew daily like a healthy treat. It may be drunk as it is or can be poured over food.

Never serve this product hot!

References:

* as per Buffington, 2011

** as per Duman, 2004

TESTIMONIALS

Amazing product..
I was skeptical at first but after a few weeks on the calming tea a huge improvement has been noticed. Many other people have said how much calmer and less reactive my youngster is. She is slot more focused when training now too..
Would highly recommend this product

Suzanne Crow

Our dog, Waffle, has taken a liking to human tea and we were in the process of finding a healthy and dog friendly alternative she could enjoy when we came across Doggy’s Cuppa.
We introduced the teas to Waffle and she enjoys them very much. She has tried the Morning, Evening, and Calming brews – the Evening brew being her favourite!
Just a teaspoon of the dried herbs is all that’s need for brewing a litre of lovely herbal tea for Waffle to enjoy. Doggy’s Cuppa teas have definitely helped her to relax more throughout the day and night.
We are yet to try sprinkling on dry food as she loves the teas so much!
Thanks again, Doggy’s Cuppa.
Edward Cox and Waffles

Edward Cox

Buzz loves the Evening Brew. It really settles him before bedtime and it’s so quick to make. Buzz isn’t a massive water drinker so the tea also increases his water intake each day. If he’s had a lot of agility training (leading to a big treat intake) he has a soothing brew to help his digestion. Such a great product for any dog and breaks up their diet with something different- we highly recommend trying Doggy’s Cuppa teas! ???

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Ana

At first I thought that Coco wouldn’t like the tea cause as I’ve said before, he is really picky when it comes to food but I was wrong! From the first time he absolutely loved it and to my surprise Coco’s behaviour has changed, well yes he still has that amazing personality, but he stopped crying when I left him back home and not only that, but he also started eating more! He used to eat once every day, obviously not enough, his food bowl was always full and although I had changed a ton of different brands, he still had that weird behaviour, so now I just mix some of his daily tea in his food and he eats it all! Amazing I know! So obviously I’d give a 10/10.

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Coco

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