Q. Dear Terry, “I’m hosting a holiday party at my house this year, which means lots of family and friends. I’m very excited, but I don’t think my new rescue dog would agree. He’s anxious around loud noises and new people. He’s made a lot of progress since I adopted him and I would prefer not to send him to a kennel. I want to know if there’s anything natural I can give him?” – Bradley D., Redding, CA
A. Dear Bradley, I encourage you to keep your dog’s veterinarian in the loop with any supplementation, as they may have additional insight.
When it comes to addressing anxiety, I would recommend adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your pet’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.
I would give your dog this coneflower once or twice per day for a couple days to a week before the event. It is also safe enough to give to your dog on a daily basis. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for echinacoside.
Terry . . . Naturally
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