Q. Dear Terry, “My dog gets really bad anxiety with fireworks. With the holiday coming up, I want to do whatever I can to help keep her calm. What do you suggest?” – Arden P., Kansas City, MO
A. Dear Arden, Fireworks can be a significant stressor to dogs and cause a lot of anxiety. While it’s difficult to control fireworks in your neighborhood, there is a natural medicine that I think can really make a difference with your dog’s anxiety from fireworks.
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. 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 you know fireworks will be used nearby. It’s also safe enough to be given daily for other anxiety issues your dog may have. 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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