Good Dawg Calm™
Calming supplements (Small animal)
Certain animals suffer from anxiety and fear which can lead to undesirable behaviours such as nervousness, hyperactivity, excess barking, destructiveness, and inappropriate elimination. Often there are environmental stressors that can contribute to these episodes including car travel, changes in environment, fireworks, thunderstorms, plus kennel and grooming visits. Calming supplements may assist in alleviating stress and anxiety in your pet. These products are given by mouth and are commonly available in the form of capsules, gels, and liquids.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- Calming supplements may contain any of the following ingredients which work towards supporting calm and balanced behaviour:
- Milk proteins
- Vitamins such as thiamine (Vitamin B1)
- Herbs such as hops, passion flower, ginger, catnip, valerian root, chamomile, St. John’s wort
- Some Calming supplements utilize a homeopathic approach and may contain, but are not limited, to any of the following ingredients:
- Meadow saffron
- Passion flower
- Valerian root
- Silver nitrate
- Jimson Weed
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Certain herbs and homeopathic solutions may interfere with blood clotting and should not be used prior surgery
- Certain products can not be used in young kittens or puppies
- Safe use in pregnant and breeding animals has not been established
- Pets with a known hypersensitivity to these products
- Pets that have had an earlier allergic reaction to a similar product
Calming supplements should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the product label carefully. The dosing schedule may vary for acute or chronic issues and the dose may be adjustable during times of anticipated stress.
Many products are intended for intermittent use. It is recommended that this supplement be given for only as long as your veterinarian directs.
Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. As such, they have not been required to go through the same rigorous testing for efficacy that drugs undergo and many products are not created equally. Many products on the market are high quality and are made by reputable companies. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your pet.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Calming supplements should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This product is usually well tolerated and adverse reactions are uncommon at recommended doses
- There can be a concern with overdosing and toxicities when giving multiple supplements. Talk to your veterinarian about all of the supplements your are currently giving your pet.
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- It may not be recommended to use this supplement in conjunction with other behaviour modification drugs or central nervous system medication
- Do not give new food, supplements, or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- How to recognize fear or anxious behaviours in your pet
- What may be the primary cause of anxiety in your pet
- How to utilize behaviour modification to manage symptoms of anxiety or fear in your pet
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this supplement
- When your pet may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this supplement
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all supplements, it should only be given to the pet for which it was recommended.
This is just a summary of information about Calming supplements. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.