Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, pet owners
across the country are preparing to travel to
destinations near and far.
some owners will kennel their beloved fur babies when
they go out of town for the holidays, some brave souls
will make the choice to travel with their precious dog
or cat in tow. Of course, the key to smooth travels
usually relies heavily on the level of stress or anxiety
of the pet.
a dog owner, Iíve been lucky that my corgi, Gizmo, isnít
plagued by the intense anxiety that often causes dogs to
pee or yelp uncontrollably during loud events such as
thunderstorms or fireworks. He is, however, hyper at
times and becomes restless when confined to a small
space (the car) for too long. He is also not a fan of
stressful situations like getting his nails trimmed.
the past, Iíve employed several calming aids,
including the popular Thundershirt (didnít work) and a
collar by Sentry that releases pheromones and has a
soothing lavender chamomile fragrance (a waste of
a recent trip to my local pet supply store, I came
across NaturVetís Quiet Moments Calming Aid ($10.99,
Petco). Available for cats and dogs, the soft chews are
made with natural calming ingredients and say they help
pets during periods of anxiety, nervousness, tension or
in a 30-day supply (based on a 50-pound dog), NaturVet
calming soft chews are suitable for dogs more than 12
weeks old and made with melatonin and chamomile.
recommended use for the wheat-free chews, which are
administered based on weight, is once daily 30 minutes
prior to a stressful situation. Examples include storms,
grooming or traveling.
warning: The chews do not have a pleasant smell, and my
dog seemed to be aware of this. After hiding two chews
in his food, I expected (or at least hoped) Gizmo would
eat them up without noticing. Unfortunately, he wasnít
fooled, quickly downing his food and leaving behind the
one to back down from a challenge, I tried several more
times to get him to eat the chews until eventually I
found the only way to get them down was to hide them in
a Greenies Pill Pocket (I highly recommend these if you
donít have any already).
Without any strong indication that they were actually
causing any changes to my dogís behavior, the
"calming" soft chews turned out to be one big
a recent weekend trip to my parentsí home, I gave
Gizmo two chews to help with the restlessness that he
experiences during car rides. Despite the combination of
melatonin and chamomile in his system, he seemed to
remain the same through the entire six-hour drive
(unable to ever get truly comfortable).
chews also did nothing to squelch his disdain for
getting his nails trimmed, and he still had to be held
someone who is a big fan of pet products that are made
with all-natural ingredients, I truly had high hopes for
the Quiet Moments Calming Aid soft chews.
things didnít work out as Iíd hoped.