Pet Anxiety Month

March 4th, 2021

March is officially pet anxiety month.

As we know dogs are very sociable animals, much the same as us humans. As a result of another lockdown, many dogs have become increasingly attached to their owners and vice versa. Very soon the restrictions will be lifted and our lives will return to normal (or at least a new kind of normal) and the unforeseen separation could be confusing for dogs.

Are you already worried about your dog’s reaction?

Separation anxiety is a common problem and the number of dogs affected increased after our initial lockdown. You may be wondering why some dogs suffer from separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety happens when a dog becomes too attached to his/ her owner and becomes anxious when they are apart. Because of the current situation, dogs have grown used to having their owners at home pretty much all the time. And for a puppy bought during the lockdown, it’s the only situation he or she knows. This puppy (or adopted dog) gets undivided attention and creates a strong bond with his humans. And unfortunately, he does not learn how to cope with the possible situation of being alone. 

Each dog is different and the symptoms of separation anxiety may be different from dog to dog.

Separation anxiety can manifest in any of these ways:

Barking or howling

Increased heart and breathing rate

Panting and pacing

Shivering

Running away and/or cowering in the corner of a house

Digging

Destroying furniture

Self-harm, like excessive licking or chewing

Not eating

Urinating more frequently

A general inability to settle

As well as introducing periods apart from a puppy or dog, aromatherapy can help a dog to cope with separation. I specifically designed Comfort Blend with separation anxiety in mind. The bonus is that Comfort Blend also works for Canine Cognitive Disfunction (doggie dementia) and grief etc. too!

Comfort Blend provides natural relief from anxiety because it contains useful oils such as neroli, bergamot, basil, and ylang-ylang. These oils help in many of these cases and can bring dogs peace and help them to relax in periods of stress.

You may wonder how actually essential oils work? How come they can calm my dog  and me down ?

Volatile molecules interact with chemical receptors in the nose that transform messages into nerve impulses. These are then directed by the olfactory bulb to various areas of the brain and influencing the limbic system.

The limbic system is the part of the brain involved in our behavioral and emotional responses. Especially when it comes to behaviors we need for survival: feeding, reproduction, and caring for our young, and fight or flight response. And the same for our dogs.

The messages also influence psychological and hormonal activity.

After inhaling calming essential oils the behavioral changes can occur in seconds, as electrical nerve impulses travel much faster than the circulatory system.

Fascinating, isn’t it?

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When we got home from the hospital with our new arrival it was clear that Perri, one of our miniature poodles, maternal instincts kicked in and went into overdrive. She was immediately acting like a mother separated from her pups and just wanted to care for the ‘naked puppy’. She has a history of being so motherly, even to the point that she has produced milk for puppies that aren’t hers even before she had a litter and has mothered every type of animal she could. She was panting, pacing and unable to relax for long at all. She could whine for England!

We tried other herbal remedies we had at hand for a previous anxious dog and nothing worked at all. She stopped eating and stressed herself into overheating too. Her stress was starting to impact the other dogs and she just couldn’t unwind. No matter if we worked off her energy with a walk and she wasn’t even interested in her usual mind games or call games. We also couldn’t offer long-lasting treats and chews too often as they gave her an upset stomach.

As soon as the Calming Floral Spray arrived I gave the bed a spritz and put some on her coat and the change was instant. She just got on her bed and fell asleep. She stopped panting and barely whines now, started eating again and she only does a bit of whining if the baby cries. We have now been able to positively reinforce her calm behaviour. I honestly can’t recommend this enough to people.
Natalie Griffiths