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
- Loss of appetite
- 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!
* as per Buffington, 2011
** as per Duman, 2004