You may be wondering why a common breakfast cereal has make our natural remedies list for treating canine anxiety, but the properties and benefits of oatmeal have been celebrated for over 4000 years. Oatmeal is one of the highest food sources of B-vitamins which aid in a healthy nervous system and boost the immune system. In addition to its nutritional value, oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate which can increase levels of serotonin in a dogs brain, promoting a calming effect and helping to relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Simply add a portion of oatmeal to your dogs diet each day.
Chamomile is known for its relaxing and calming properties and can be bought as a tea, capsule or in liquid form. You can brew chamomile teabags in hot water and allow to cool before giving to your dog as a drink or pouring it over their food.
Passion Flower (Passiflora)
Passion flower is another herb from a botanical source and is also known by the name ‘apricot vine’, it is a preparation added to many anxiety and anti-depression remedies for humans and it also work wonders for our canine counterparts. Passion Flower has sedative properties and works to relax the muscles, it is most often used to treat anxiety, insomnia and restlessness and is very beneficial for treating separation anxiety in dogs.