Valerian Root For Dog Anxiety | Benefits

Tory Johnson

Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? Is your dog terrified of thunderstorms? Valerian root could offer relief. Valeriana officinalis or valerian root is a herb that comes from the valerian plant in Asia and Europe. Valerian root has a long history of use in humans for anxiety relief and it's sedative qualities. In this article, we'll discuss a new use, valerian root for dog anxiety.

Valerian can act like a sedative in the nervous system and the brain. Valerian root has been used as medicine dating back to ancient Roman and Greek times.

People use valerian for sleep disorders such as insomnia. Valerian can also be used for your dog's anxiety, stress, and many other conditions.

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Benefits Of Valerian Root For Dog Anxiety

Many dog owners and veterinarians believe valerian root can help manage stress and create a calming effect. Let's take a look at some of the benefits.

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Valerian Root For Dog's Anxiety

Help your dog by preparing for stressful situations like fireworks, thunderstorms, visitors, and holiday events.

Leaving for the day and know your dog suffers from separation anxiety? Giving your dog valerian root could very well help in this situation by providing calming effects. No one likes leaving their dog at home with separation anxiety.

Lastly, a dog's anxiety may be a sign of additional health conditions, so please speak with your vet to confirm you are treating your anxious dog appropriately, and if valerian root is right for your dog. 

Improved Sleep

A dog's sleep is important. The amount of sleep needed for dogs depends on breed, age, and activity level but most dogs sleep between 12 -14 hours per day.

Valerian root for dogs can help aid their sleep and ensure those 12-14 hours are quality sleep.

Some quality sleep goes a long way in helping your dog recover from their day!

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Restlessness and Hyperactivity

Dogs require a lot of exercise, and if they don't exercise, they'll want to expend that energy somehow.

All dog owners have experienced the zoomies. The easiest way to cure hyperactivity is ensuring you are taking your dog on enough walks throughout the week.

The required walking time depends on the breed and age.

Of course, some dogs need a little extra help calming down. The valerian root herb may help dogs that are feeling a bit more energetic than most.

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Valerian Root and Seizures

Valerian root for dogs may help reduce the severity and frequency of seizures. But remember, it’s absolutely important to consult your veterinarian before administering valerian root as a potential aid to dogs suffering from seizures, and to avoid potential negative effects from other medications.

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How To Give Your Dog Valerian Root

Valerian Root can be administered in a number of ways. Additionally, you know your dog best so go ahead with the form that you know will work.

Some examples: oils, dried valerian root, crushed up pill form, and our favorite - a delicious calming chew for dogs.

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Valerian Root Dosage for Dogs

Valerian root dosage, and using the correct amount, can depend on a lot of factors.

Our valerian calming treats contain 120mg per serving (2 chews) of valerian root and additional herbal supplements.

For other products and valerian root supplements, be sure to speak with your veterinarian and follow the product label.

Your veterinarian may even recommend additional veterinary herbal medicine!

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Is Valerian Root Safe For Dogs?

Dog owners and vets alike don't know exactly how valerian root provides anxiety relief for dogs. Scientists believe valerian root works by increasing the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.

The GABA moves in-between the nerve transmissions of neurons, which helps our dogs feel more relaxed and calmer.

Still though, there haven't been many studies to support these claims.

GABA decencies can lead to less sleep and increased anxiety in dogs.

It makes sense that increasing those substances in the brain can help your dog feel calm.

Though valerian root is generally considered safe for dogs, large doses may cause digestive upset and it shouldn’t be used in pregnant or nursing dogs. Valerian root may also interact negatively with other medications and supplements.

If you're introducing valerian root to your dog, consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about valerian root supplement.

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Are Calming Treats Safe for Dogs?

Fortunately, many dog owners agree that calming dog treats are safe and effective.

Many have seen encouraging results after administering dog calming treats.

Our soft chews are compatible with your dog's diet and digestion. Additionally, we use all natural herbs in our products.

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Final Thoughts - Valerian Root For Dogs Anxiety

If you have a dog that suffers from canine anxiety, it may be time to try Xen Pets dog calming chews with added valerian root.

Our calming treats are designed to help your dog feel more relaxed and comfortable in situations that would normally trigger their dog anxiety and excessive barking.

Calming bites can provide many benefits for your dog:

  • May reduce your your dog's stress levels

  • Promotes healthy sleeping habits

  • Provides natural anxiety relief

  • Keeps your dog calm through storms and loud noises

Have you given your dogs calming treats? What about valerian root in other supplemental forms? Have you tried another herbal supplement?

Let us know in the comments below!

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