Rover’s little helper
Valerian - the natural solution to help animals fight firework nerves
It may sound barking but valerian, a herbal remedy for anxiety and sleeplessness, could be the perfect solution for calming the frazzled nerves of cats and dogs this Fireworks Night.
This weekend fireworks displays will be taking place across the country, causing many cats and dogs to experience high levels of fear, anxiety and apprehension. Just as it is the herbal supplement of choice for many anxious flyers, valerian could also help cats and dogs over come their Fireworks Night nerves.
The herbal remedy, which is extracted from the roots of a riverside plant, was used by ancient Greeks for its calming properties and continues to be popular today as it helps relax the body without any of the side effects associated with pharmaceutical sedatives such as valium. And pet owners today are increasingly seeing the benefits as they realise that when it comes to calming down Fluffy, valerian really is the cat’s whiskers.
Valerian has a long history of clinical trials which have demonstrated that taking standardised valerian can help to relax and aid sleep naturally in the short term1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
One 300mg valerian tablet is sufficient for a medium sized dog. For small dogs and cats, give them half a tablet and for larger dogs two tablets.
For more information, contact Andrea Kilbride at Tiger White PR on 020 7202 8520 / email@example.com
Valerian costs £5.99 for 25 tablets and is available from Boots, Waitrose and all good independent health food stores and pharmacies.
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5. D. Wheatley, Stress induced insomnia treated with Kava and valerian: singly and in combination. Hum. Psychopharmacol. Clin. Exp. 2011; 16: 353-356
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