Promotes a sense of calm in animals exhibiting fear, fretting, anxiety or any unwanted behavior caused by: being left alone-separation, travel anxiety-car sick, thunderstorms, fireworks, loud noises, vet or groomer visits, or any other stressful situation.
Dosing for Dogs/ Cats under 20 lbs/10 kg, 5 drops; 20-100 lbs/ 10-50 kg , 10 drops; over 100 lbs/50 kg, 15 drops. In acute cases the doses can be given every 15 minutes for the first hour, every 30 minutes in the second hour, once in the third hour, then reducing to 1 dose 3 times daily. For cases that are not acute one dose 3 times daily; this is often best started 5-7 days before any situation causing anxious behavior e.g.: before kenneling. Once a response is seen, the administration should either be reduced until symptoms reappear or ceased until symptoms reappear. If any reduction in dose or frequency leads to immediate recurrence of symptoms, then medication should be continued with a reduction being done every 12-21 days to check that the medication is providing control rather than relief of symptoms.
Dosing for Small mammals, exotics, and birds: 3 drops in drinking water daily. For severe cases a drop can be diluted in 1 ml of water or other oral rehydration fluid and given to the patient orally, taking care to avoid aspiration of the fluid into the respiratory tract by the patient. This can be repeated as for cats and dogs where the case is acute, but with a volume of fluid suited to the patient.
Storm Phobia in Pets
Phobias are excessive, unreasonable and intense fears of objects or situations that usually pose little or no actual danger. In the case of storm phobias, pets display both nervous and behavioral signs that may worsen as a storm intensifies. Nervous phobia signs include one or more of panting, shaking, dilated pupils, excessive salivation, and loss of bladder control, bowel control, or both (see table). Behavioral signs can be as simple as whining or crying, and also include obsessive seeking of human companionship for comfort and reassurance or just to be in the vicinity of the owner. Hiding is common in storm phobic dogs and is the most common sign seen in cats. Selected hiding places are often dark and den-like (for instance a kennel, closet, or behind furniture). For reasons not fully understood, some dogs favor hiding in a bathroom, perhaps because ionized bathroom air is more calming. Frantic barking, destruction, and attempts to escape, are also described in storm phobic dogs.
Behavioral and nervous signs that dogs and cats may show when storms threaten or are in process.
Hiding (most common sign in cats)
Compulsive seeking of the owner's company
Excessive salivation (drooling)
Trembling or shaking
Vocalizing (barking, howling, meowing)
Trying to escape- include digging, running
away, biting, and scratching at doors
It is more accurate to describe the condition as storm, rather than thunderstorm phobia because that phobia can develop in the absence of thunder, arising in response to one or more of a combination of rain, sleet, strong wind, changes in illumination from lighting flashes, and even snow. Some dogs may begin to show behavioral signs of storm phobia well before a storm actually arrives, or even when there is nearby storm of which the owner is unaware. These signs may be restlessness, pacing or whining and could be a response to a sudden drop in barometric (air) pressure or change in the electrical charge of the air.
The more frequently a pet reacts to the anxiety-provoking stimulus, the worse and more paid the response may become, so the owner is faced with a growing problem with no easy solution. These fear behaviors can escalate to panic, causing dogs to be seriously injured in their attempts to escape what they perceive to be severe danger. Phobic dogs have been known to break through screened or glass doors or windows. Household damage also results from the pet biting and scratching doors, carpets, drapes, furniture and other items.
Dogs rescued from shelters may be at greater risk than non-rescue dogs for developing storm phobias. Herding dogs, particularly German shepherds, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers appear to be over-presented among dogs with various phobias, perhaps linked to their inherently anxious temperaments. Although many dogs with storm phobias do not have any other anxiety-related problems, it is quite common for storm phobia to be accompanied by separation anxiety, and there may also be a phobia of loud noises. Dogs with fearful personalities are predisposed to storm phobias which can result from genetics, from early aversive experiences or from inadequate socialization as puppies. Dogs with well adjusted temperaments and no history of early changes in home or aversive experiences can also be affected. Phobic signs are typically first seen in dogs between 1 and 5 years of age, although many dogs may be less than 12 months old at the time the problem begins.
Obviously upsetting for the pet, storm phobias are a problem from an animal welfare perspective. Additionally, the behavior shown by the pet, especially dogs, is extremely upsetting for owners, who are distressed by their pet's anxiety and by the resulting damage inflicted on their homes. Failure to effectively manage these phobias can have an unfortunate effect on the owner-pet bond and lead to pet abandonment, placement in a shelter or alternate home or even, in the severest cases, to euthanasia.
Storm phobia is considered a particularly difficult fear to treat. Typically in behavioral problems, desensitization is very helpful. Desensitization involves repeatedly exposing the pet to the threatening stimulus at a controlled level which is below the threshold that initiates the phobia. As the pet become accustomed to the low-level threat, exposure is repeated at gradually increasing levels in a manner that does not produce the signs of phobia. However, owners who live in areas where storms are common may be unable to isolate their pet from storms during the desensitization period, and so desensitization alone is not adequate.
There are no pharmacologic treatments registered to treat storm phobias. Some drugs have been tried off-label, including benzodiapines and acepromazine, although the latter may sometimes make the signs worse. Anti-anxiety drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (eg fluoxetine) and tricyclic antidepressants (clomipramine) have also been used, but have a drawback in that treatment must begin 2 or more weeks before the phobia-initiating stimulus. All drugs carry risk of side effects, typically excessive sedation, and some may cause vomiting and other problems.
In treating storm phobia, drug adverse effects may be avoided by using alternative therapies, such as homeopathic remedies or dog appeasing pheromone (DAP®). DAP is a synthetic mixture of compounds that match post-partum secretions of the sebaceous glands, and are delivered by an electronic diffuser. Homeopathy involves giving very small doses of remedies that would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy pets if they were given in larger doses. A recent survey of owners using a homeopathic product (HomeoPet Anxiety™) found a positive response in 34 of 36 (94.4%) dogs treated for storm phobia (see figure 1). An important benefit that emerged in the survey was that there were no adverse reactions to the homeopathic remedy. This safety profile, combined with the favorable post treatment alleviation in signs of phobia, may account for the high level of client satisfaction that has been reported with HomeoPet Anxiety™.
Figure 1. Percentage of storm phobic dogs in levels of improvement after treatment with HomeoPet Anxiety™. Grading was completed by each dog's owner on a scale of 5 (much worse) to 0 (no change) to +5 (much better or completely cured).
References and Additional Reading
Crowell-Davis SL, Seibert LM, Sung W, Parthasarathy V, Curtis TM. Use of clomipramine, alprazolam, and behavior modification for treatment of storm phobia in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2003 Mar 15; 222(6):744-8
Mc Cobb EC, Brown EA, Damiani K, Dodman NH. Thunderstorm phobia in dogs: an internet survey of 69 cases. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2001 Jul-Aug; 37 (4):319-24
Overall KL, Dunham AE, Frank D. Frequency of nonspecific clinical signs in dogs with separation anxiety, thunderstorm phobia, and noise phobia, alone or in combination. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2001 Aug 15; 219(4):467-73
Simpson BS, Papich MG. Pharmacologic management in veterinary behavioral medicine. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2003 Mar; 33(2):365-404, vii.
Author Tom Farrington MVB MRCVS VetMFHom
Awesome! by Imanewenglanda from New Hampshire03/14/2013
Works great! We were able to drive 21 hours to Florida in peace and quiet with our dog who usually has car anxiety.
Anxiety Remedy by Mainer07/28/2012
Service was wonderful and the price certainly right. Delivery was fast and I would recommend Entirely Pets to all. The Anxiety Remedy by Homeopet is a must in my home with four cats. Makes for a calm and happy atmosphere.
by Biosquint from Tucson, Arizona05/29/2012
I have eight cats plus other pets in a small home. There was always lots of growling and hissing between the cats. I have tried several things to try to keep the peace but I didn't get complete relief from the fighting until I added HomePet Anxiety Relief to the routine. They get 5 drops twice a day, morning and bedtime, on some treats. It is easier to drip it onto a small pile of treats then to try to get them to let me drop it in their mouths. I also use 2 Feliway Diffusers in both ends of the house and Naturvet Quiet Moments gel in their supper. It doesn't stop all the little fussiness but I haven't had a real fight since I started using these products. I would recommend trying different combinations of products to see what works best for your furkids.
Unsuccessful Delivery by Mallie03/26/2012
Purchased this product and when the product arrived the bottle had leaked and was completely empty. When calling customer service they apologized and sent me out another the next day at no charge. The next bottle arrived and this one was completely empty as well. I placed another phone call and the representative I spoke with choose to refund my money not offering me the product that I wanted. So i can't honestly rate the product, I would have loved to have tried it.
Anxiety Relieved! by KellyMc from Leesburg, VA08/07/2012
I have a rescue kitty who is 2 years old and is very skiddish. She typically runs and hides from anyone other than myself and won't allow anyone to pet her other than me. I bought this product in the hopes that it would help her relax and be less anxious when visitors are around. I have seen major improvements in her behavior - much more relaxed and affectionate and willing to stay in the same room with visitors. She seems to really like the flavor as well. I would highly recommend this product!
Great product. by Hounddowgy11/26/2012
My cat howls at night and wakes us up often. I give him a couple of drops before we go to bed and he's quiet for most of the morning.
by PJ from Massachusetts04/05/2013
My 2 dogs are almost 12 years old and are afraid of any loud noise. I put it in their water and it seems to help.
Has helped nervous cat by mochalatte12/29/2012
My younger cat was tearing at her hair and this product has best helped, in addition with Felliway
Homeo Pet Anxiety by Dragonchylde from Wisconsin01/05/2012
Love this product...we are at the point that 4 drops in the morning on her food will make her a happy relaxed cat all day. It does NOT put her to sleep, just takes the edge off the fear. We got our little love from the humane shelter and she was a bit anxious......now she is just a happy, playful kitten....Thanks again :)
Homeopet Anxiety drops by VonRock526 from Long Island City, NY06/06/2012
This product seems to work on Lali and Zala.
This calms them down at night, and relieves their anxiety before going to the Vet's office!
Works well by Egor07/23/2012
Cats are taking it with no problebms and it works like a charm
Great stuff by Dee from Port Charlotte,Fl12/25/2012
I was looking for something that would help for my cats hair pulling. This product is great and seems to do the job.
I'm a Believer by Gizmo's Dad from Great Northwest10/09/2011
Our 7 year old Minpinish was always nervous and skittish. She went around in circles and scurried away for no cause. This became much worse in the last year. She would bolt from wherever she was like the devil himself was after her for no apparent reason. Like a panic attack i guess. She began leaping off the bed several times a night in a state of fear.
After a few sleepless night we were advised by the vet to try Prozac. It seemed to help initially, though we had to reduce the dose because it basically knocked her out. All was well for a couple of months but then the night scares started again and her general demeanor was a state of anxiety. She lost weight and was a real mess.
That's when the vet recommended HomeoPet Anxiety Relief. We give her 3 drops, 3 times a day and the results have been incredible. After about 3 days she was her old self again, only better. No more panic attacks, no getting up at night. She even plays much more than she use to.
I gotta admit, I was skeptical when I was ordering this product. I figured it was a waste of time and money but now I am really glad we tried it.
Here's to better living through HomeoPet! Thanks a bunch!
seems to help by Gail04/15/2009
I started using 5 drops in the bowl for each of my two cats. Each gets 5 drops in his own dish the two times I feed them per day and I put 5 drops in their water dish. I think they are more mellow. The last time my son-in-law was here, Kalohe peed on his flip-flops. Two christmases ago Kalohe peed on his brand new wallet on the dining room table. Same cat has peed to show irritation even though both our cats are neutered. Also am using the Feliway, have three of them plugged in. So between the Feliway and the anti Anxiety drops, so far so good. I would have a much harder time if I tried to put 5 drops in their mouths. But on the food and in the water seems to work fine.
Very helpful by Jan from St. Louis, Mi11/11/2011
I use anxiety relief for my dog that has a severe anxiety/fear problem. She has epidodes that cause her to pant & shake uncontrollably, this helps to calm her.
Not Impressed by BG from Texas05/27/2013
I used this for my very old Blue Heeler, during stormy weather. Even though she was in the house, she was a nervous wreck. I gave her the correct dose, but it didn't work for us.
Very Helpful Product by Pugluver11/26/2012
I adopted a dog who had been a breeder at a puppy mill for the entire six years of her life. She was fearful of everyone except me. Since I began giving her Anxiety Relief she is noticeably more relaxed with people. I put it in her food once a day.
HomeoPet Anxiety Relief by mb1554 from Chicago07/26/2010
Great product! Works quickly for stressful situations for our dog. Relieves panting, hiding, cowering and wanting to follow me everywhere & climb in my lap (60 lbs!) Also reduces the restlessness and hyper behavior that goes along with anxiety, in addition to excessive barking that occurs when nervous.
dog anxiety by cindy from Orange, CA04/20/2013
Unfortunately, this product has not worked for our anxious lab.
No More Freaking out by mbabe10 from Shoreacres, TX01/07/2013
During a rainstorm, heavy winds or loud noises our big baby girl gets so scared/upset she the pantings, catch seem to catch her breathe and doesn't know which way to go -- well after a few squirts of the Anxiety Relief, Suzi is all calm and back to normal!!
Thank you so much!!!!