Calming Aids for Pets: Keeping Your Furry Friend Calm & Comfy

Pets can have anxiety too, but there are ways to help.

Calming aids for pets work against that anxiety to help your pet relax. Antsy. Jittery. The heebie jeebies. However we describe it, anxiety is common among people—and fur people. Tabby and Rover also have their nervous moments.

This can be especially true during holiday time, when the regular household schedule gives way to parties, travel and visits from Uncle Ned and Aunt Estelle. And while Cat Mama or Dog Daddy are out making merry, the fur babies can experience separation anxiety. Nevermind New Year's fireworks, popping corks and noisemakers...

What's a rattled kitty or jumpy doggie to do? Turn to you for help. But you may find yourself asking "What can I give my dog for anxiety?" Treating cat anxiety isn't the easiest thing in the world, either. But don't worry. We have great ideas right here.

Best Calming Aids for Pets

The Thundershirt for Dogs 

It can be a noisy world. Give your trembling pet a long-term hug with the snugly-fitting Thundershirt. It all began with a dog named Dosi who was terrified of thunderstorms. Her family invented the Thundershirt, and its gentle pressure has relieved canine anxiety in millions of Dosi's compatriots. It's available in seven sizes.


Let's mark us some territory! Feliway, a popular cat anxiety treatment, is a synthetic version of the pheromones with which cats claim a place as their own. This plug-in diffuser emanates the pheromone for up to 700 square feet. It assures kitty that she is in a safe space. A multiple cat version is also available.


Music Cats Love, While You are Gone

Dogs might weather loud noises well, but your cat might need gentler sounds to keep her calm while the family is out for the day. This CD will do the trick with soothing music and stories (yes, stories) told in a calm, comforting voice.

Through a Dog's Ear Volume 1: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion 

Your skittish canine can be soothed by this carefully curated collection calming music for dogs, whether in the midst of a thunderstorm or after you leave to finish your last-minute shopping. Shakespeare said, "If music be the food of love, play on." This CD will show your love for your anxious hound.

Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Chews for Cats and Dogs

These chews contain L-Theanine, which promotes the production of L-Tryptophan (the amino acid in turkey, one reason we collapse semi-comatose onto the couch after Thanksgiving dinner) and dopamine in your pet's system. They also include colostrum, a calming blend of bioactive proteins. Throw in some Vitamin B-1 and a scrumptious chicken liver flavor and Fluffy or Fido will chill for up to four hours.

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