There are lots of situations which can be very stressful for our pets, as they can often be very sensitive to changes in atmosphere, lifestyle and daily routine.
Some are scared of thunder and lightning or fireworks, while others do not like to be left alone.
There are a few options to keep your pet calm including cat and dog calming tablets, drops and diffusers.
VetIQ Serene-UM Calm is suitable for separation anxiety, noise phobias and hyperactivity and comes in a tablet form which can either be given to your pet whole (maybe disguised in a slice of ham!) or crushed and sprinkled over their food.
It is suitable for both cats and dogs.
VetIQ also offer a similar formula in the form of drops.
These are perfect for pets who are anxious or frightened and work to relax pets without causing drowsiness or impacting on their normal behaviour.
But if your dog or cat will not take these, there are also calming diffusers available.
Unex Remedy Plug In is a blend of calming essential oils which is plugged in and released slowly throughout the room.
It is ideal for de-stressing for all pets including cats, dogs, birds, small mammals and horses.
Just as with humans, sometimes our furry friends sometimes need a little extra nutritional support.
While most dog and cat foods will provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, some animals may benefit from additional pet supplements.
Dog vitamins and cat vitamins can be especially beneficial for older pets or for those on a restrictive diet due to delicate tummies or food allergies.
If your pet enjoys a food advertised as ‘complete’ he or she is likely to get all the vitamins and minerals that they require.
However, if you feed them on foods marked as ‘complementary’ or on home-made foods, your best friend may benefit from a pet specific multivitamin.
These supplements will contain ingredients you are used to seeing in your own tablets, such as B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc, but in proportions most suitable for dogs or cats.
Some dog supplements are aimed at particular concerns – a healthy, shiny coat, digestive issues and so on – whereas others are age-based.
Senior dogs in particular may benefit from a multivitamin formulated to support aging pets.
Especially recommended, fish oil for dogs can support a shiny coat, good eye health and is even thought to help with brain development.
Taken from puppyhood, this excellent source of omega 3 for dogs helps with all round health for his entire life.
Often recommended for older pets, glucosamine for dogs and cats may help your little pal keep jumping for frisbees and stalking bugs for longer and with less discomfort. The best joint supplement for dogs and cats, glucosamine helps to cushion joints.
If you have ever dealt with a bout of doggy indigestion or kitten diarrhoea, you will probably be very keen to stock up on milk thistle for dogs and cats.
Recommended for healthy livers, milk thistle can also soothe stomach upsets.
Coupled with dandelion root, it can even help to tackle the unpleasant problems arising from Rover’s tendency to eat the things he really should not.
A house move, a new baby, loud noises…just like us, pets can suffer during times of stress.
If your dog or cat is wide eyed, timid and shaky, a natural supplement may help.
Many of these contain soothing tryptophan, along with other ingredients designed to calm your pet naturally.
Alternatively, plug-in diffusers containing soothing essential oils are a hands-off way to help calm highly strung pets.
Most pets, especially cats, will fight tooth and claw against tablet taking.
That is why most pet supplements are given a temptingly meaty flavour. Most are chewable too. This means that supplements become a treat, taking the stress out of vitamin time.
If your pet is particularly suspicious of your advances, you might instead choose a liquid supplement which can be simply stirred into their normal food.