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Keep your dog calm this firework season

The lead up to Bonfire night can be a very stressful time of year for dogs. Loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks can be very frightening for them, causing them to be anxious and unpredictable.

You can help them feel safe and reassured by creating a safe, snug area for them to retreat to and by providing some calming regular background noise such as the TV or radio. Remember to act normal – your pet looks to you for cues as to whether they need to be worried so stay with your pet to reassure them with your presence. And make sure their microchip details are up to date and they are wearing a collar with an ID tag, so that if they escape they can be quickly and safely returned to you

We would also recommend using Dorwest veterinary licensed herbal medicines which are formulated to naturally help dogs relax. They safely calm activity in the nervous system without sedating or affecting muscles so you are your pet can relax despite fireworks.

Valerian Compound contains pure extracts of three herbs in liquid form, which ensure it acts within just 30 minutes and is best used as a top up or for one off occasions. It can be given in addition to Scullcap & Valerian Tablets as a top- up for especially frightening or unplanned events.

Skullcap & Valerian Tablets are the only veterinary herbal medicine (classification AVM-GSL) licensed to relieve anxiety, nervousness and excitability in pets. They can be used as a singular dose but more effective when used as part of a phobia desensitisation programme.

How do these differ from others designed to calm pets?

The herbs are nervines, which means they help to naturally relax the nervous system, reducing anxiety but not immobilising muscles or sedating.T hey don’t make pets dopey or sleepy – in fact they are widely used for agility and show dogs when they need to be alert and focussed

Do they really work?

Scullcap & Valerian Tablets are the only herbal product to be officially authorised by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to help anxiety and nervousness. They don’t approve a product unless it is proven to work.

How are they best used?

Scullcap & Valerian Tablets used daily provide better coverage and are ideal to start using up to a month before Fireworks Night so pets are already relaxed before the scary noises starts. However, even if you only start the day or so before your pet will still benefit. Valerian Compound is quicker-acting and is perfect to use orally as a ‘top-up’ and for unpredicted events such as neighbours having a fireworks display or a thunder storm.

Are they safe?

The ingredients reach medicinal standards and Dorwest adhere to rigorous regulations on safety and quality – something else the VMD insist upon for their approval. Both products can safely be used together and/or alongside other medications, as part of a wider phobia management plan. Due to the difficulties of performing specific safety tests, they are unable to recommend Scullcap & Valerian Tablets for use during pregnancy or lactation.