My husband and I recently adopted a rescue dog. She is so sweet, but when we leave she has been having what I think is separation anxiety.
Q. Dear Terry, “My husband and I recently adopted a rescue dog. She is so sweet, but when we leave she has been having what I think is separation anxiety. I plan on taking her to the vet next week. Is there anything natural that could help in the meantime or long term?” — Josephine B., Lakewood, WA
A. Dear Josephine, 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, if possible one to two hours before you leave. 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 alkamide profile.
Terry . . . Naturally