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Natural (Holistic) Solutions for Your Dog or Cat’s Anxiety

Anxiety affects pets as much as people. Traditional veterinarians might prescribe smaller dosages of the same anti-anxiety medications – such as Valium and Paxil – used for humans to treat pets. These drugs often have powerful side effects. Unless your pet is completely and dangerously out of control, natural solutions for anxiety are safer and as effective.

Determine the Cause

Natural solutions for your pet’s anxiety aren’t one-size-fits-all. It’s crucial to narrow down exactly what stresses your pet. Sometimes the answer is obvious, such as Fourth of July fireworks. If you’re not sure about the trigger, observe your pet carefully. Have there been any changes in the household recently? Is the pet experiencing a new routine? Inappropriate elimination in cats – a euphemism for going outside the box –often results from anxiety. Have your pet examined by your holistic veterinarian to determine whether your pet’s anxiety derives from a health or psychological issue. If it’s the latter, explore natural therapies for treatment.

Essential Oils

If you have a dog, keep lavender essential oil on hand.  This aromatic oil helps calm agitated canines – and it smells good. Lavender oil boasts soothing properties, but like all essential oils, it is quite powerful. That’s why it’s important to dilute essential oils with carrier oils, such as sesame or sweet almond for use with cats. However, dogs need the oil to be applied in a “neat” fashion and therefore the oils do not need dilution. One rule of thumb – mix 10 drops of essential oil into .5 ounce carrier oil.

Let your dog sniff the oil from the vial, or place a few drops on a bandanna and tie it around his neck. Try putting a drop or two in your hand and then petting your dog down the length of his body, or apply a drop around the ears. Another option: Use a diffuser and allow lavender oil to permeate the room. Lavender is one of the few essential oils safe to use on cats – very sparingly. Never place lavender directly on the cat, but a drop or two on the bedding in the cat carrier can ease feline travel nerves.

Other essential oils with soothing properties for dogs include:

  • Valerian – aids in calming noise anxiety
  • Vetiver- subdues nervous dogs
  • Ylang ylang – helpful for separation anxiety.

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Flower Essences

Flower essences are similar to essential oils in that they derive from plant-based materials. While many essential oils have medicinal properties, flowers essences heal only on the emotional level. Perhaps the best-known flower essence is Rescue Remedy, a distillation of five flowers – cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, Rock rose and Star of Bethlehem -essences designed to restore  calm in stressful situations. Available in a vial or as a spray, it’s another must-have for pet owners. Unlike essential oils, flower essences are safe for felines.

Certain flower essences are created for very specific issues. For example, gentian restores confidence, while larch boosts the esteem of scared animals. They sound like the same thing, but there is a subtle difference. Work with your holistic veterinarian to find the right flower essence for your pet’s problem.

Compression Shirts

If thunder or similar loud noises terrifies your dog, he or she doesn’t necessarily need anti-anxiety medication. What may help is a compression shirt, a garment using gentle pressure to make the dog feel secure, much like infant swaddling. While compression shirts won’t help all dogs with noise anxiety, many owners report good results. That’s especially true when essential oils, flower essences and other complementary therapies are also used.

Professional Help

If your dog suffers from severe separation anxiety, high-stress levels, or other behavioral concerns you’ve probably tried all the standard methods to resolve the issue. If nothing has worked, contact Pattie, Animal Connection’s owner, and animal telepathy, expert.

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Pet Emergencies: The Most Common Issues and How to Address Them

It never fails. Your pet appears sick or injured after your veterinarian has closed for the day. If you live near a 24/7 veterinary hospital, that’s where you must take your animal. Those in rural areas might live considerable distances from such a facility or not have transportation. In each case, when do you know your pet must receive attention as soon as possible and when can it wait until tomorrow? Here are some common issues found in dogs and cats and the best way to address them. Always call your animal care practitioner for advice!

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Other Trauma

If your pet is hit by a motor vehicle or experiences another type of trauma, that’s a veterinary emergency. If the animal is conscious, they may try to bite or scratch, so take care when moving him. If possible, put the pet in a carrier or box, or wrap him gently in a blanket. If you have clean bandages or similar material available, cover any open wounds. Call the emergency hospital and let them know you are on the way, so trained staff can move the animal from your car.

Even if your dog or cat seems fine after an encounter with a vehicle, they still needs an emergency vet visit. They could suffer from internal bleeding or other complications that aren’t immediately apparent.


While an animal with severe bleeding requires emergency treatment, the American Veterinary Medical Association advises taking pets with less serious bleeding to the emergency vet if the bleeding doesn’t stop within five minutes. If your pet bleeds at all from his mouth, anus or nose, coughs up blood or has bloody urine, an immediate trip to the vet is imperative, according to the AVMA.  


If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, time is of the essence. Signs of poisoning include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting – especially of blood
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing up blood
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Collapse

If you know what your pet ingested, your vet may advise you to induce vomiting by giving the animal a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Do not induce vomiting if you don’t know what is poisoning your pet or without consulting a vet or poison control center. Get your pet to an emergency veterinary hospital at once. If your pet threw up, bring a vomit sample to the vet. It may provide the answer as to what poisoned your pet.


If your pet is choking, you may not have time to get him to an emergency vet even if there’s one fairly close.  Taking care not to get bitten, look into the mouth and see if you can view and/or remove the blockage. The ASPCA advises performing a modified Heimlich maneuver, consisting of a sharp rap to your pet’s chest.

Eye Injuries

Eye problems are always an emergency. Without prompt attention, pets with eye issues may lose some or all of their vision.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Sometimes these gastrointestinal issues require emergency treatment, but they often can wait until the next day. It’s an emergency if:

  • A kitten or puppy experiences vomiting or diarrhea. Young animals easily dehydrate and die.
  • A dog repeatedly tries to vomit but nothing comes up. That’s a sign of “bloat” – formally known as gastric dilatation and volvulus – which is fatal without emergency surgery.
  • Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea with blood.
  • The pet has diabetes or another serious disease.


Watching your pet go through a seizure is a scary experience, but it isn’t always an emergency. Animals experiencing a seizure may lose consciousness, convulse, fall over and “paddle” their legs uncontrollably. They may defecate, urinate or hypersalivate. If the seizure lasts only a minute or so, and no other seizures follow, you can likely wait until the next day or so to take your pet to the vet, although you should always call your vet for advice. If the seizure lasts more than five minutes or the episodes occur in succession, your pet needs immediate attention.