Q. Dear Terry, “I have a long-haired dog who needs to go to the groomer regularly. The problem is, my dog is terrified of the groomer. He gets so anxious and acts so different than when he is at home. The veterinarian suggested Benadryl to make him drowsy, but I would rather try something natural. What would you do?” – Tara V., Frisco, TX
A. Dear Tara, A trip to the veterinarian or groomer can be a significant stressor to dogs and cause a lot of anxiety. While it’s difficult to control some of the anxiety producing circumstances in our pet’s lives, there is a natural medicine that I think can really make a difference with canine anxiety.
When it comes to addressing anxiety, I recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) root extract to your dog’s daily regimen. Researchers have discovered that compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects, like sedation. Even better, the anxiety-reducing effects can be noted within as little as 30 minutes.
I would give your dog this coneflower extract once or twice per day when he has an appointment with the groomer. It’s also safe enough to be given daily for other anxiety issues your dog may have, like fireworks. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for alkamides in the right ratio to reduce anxiety.
Terry . . . Naturally
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