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calming supplements for dogs tested and reviewed

We tested five calming supplements in The Lab

Dogs, like humans, are prone to anxiety. Sometimes, it’s situational — loud noises, such as thunder or fireworks, can stress out our furry friends. Other dogs are anxious more frequently, perhaps because of a previous traumatic experience.

We want our pups to be happy and healthy, physically and mentally. Calming supplements may help your dog feel less anxious, but you’ll need to find the right ingredients and formula for your pup. Our team reviewed and tested these five calming products for dogs against the following criteria: safe ingredients, drowsiness, consistency, palatability, smell, and packaging.

Calming supplements we loved 

Our top pick

Vetriscience teams up with veterinarians and nutritionists, making it a respected brand by vets around the country. These calming soft chews live up to the brand’s reputation — we love the simple and safe active ingredients list. We found that the chews work best during the day and for situational anxiety issues, like car rides.

  • Ingredients. Vetriscience treats contain L-theanine, which is known to help soothe canine anxiety. Colostrum is another active ingredient. Though there isn’t much research on it yet, it’s thought that some of the proteins in this milk for newborns can help induce calmness.
  • Drowsiness. These chews don’t have any ingredients known to induce drowsiness, making them great for daytime use. 
  • Consistency. These brown, bone-shaped chews are soft.
  • Palatability. Vetriscience’s chews are highly palatable for dogs. Pet parents can choose from several flavors, including bacon and chicken liver. 
  • Smell. This supplement has a light-but-enticing meaty smell.  
  • Packaging. The chews are in a white bag that looks clean and streamlined. The bag seals easily, so your pup’s chews will stay fresh.  

What our vet thinks

Vetriscience consults with vets and nutritionists before putting a product on the market, so Dr. Irish and her peers feel confident recommending the brand to pet parents. Dr. Irish has also seen Vetriscience’s calming chews work firsthand. She loves recommending them to pet parents for daytime, event-specific use.

Our natural pick

Native Pet doesn’t do long, confusing ingredients lists. Instead, it leans into natural solutions. These air-dried calming chews have nine ingredients, including L-theanine. The real chicken smells great and our pups got excited (in a good way) to take the treat.

  • Ingredients. L-theanine is proven to help soothe dogs, and the real chicken smells and tastes great (according to our furry friends’ reactions). Though the ingredients are safe, there are a few flags. These chews contain melatonin, which induces sleep but doesn’t help with anxiety. We don’t recommend giving these treats to your dog during the day, particularly before you want to play with your pup. Hemp seed powder is a trendy ingredient, but it’s not proven to help with canine anxiety. Dr. Irish says clinical trials would be helpful for pet parents and vets.
  • Drowsiness. The melatonin in this chew caused some drowsiness in our dogs. So, avoid giving the chews to your dog during the day. Doing so may disrupt your pup’s natural sleep pattern.
  • Consistency. The Native Pet Calming Chews are light brown and have a natural shape and hard consistency. Because they’re natural, they’re not all the same exact shape.
  • Palatability. Our dogs LOVED these chews! This supplement is one of the most palatable options on our list.
  • Smell. These chews have a strong, meaty scent. One whiff of them, and your dog will be begging for a second before they’ve even devoured their first. 
  • Packaging. Native Pet’s clean, simple packaging is refreshing and modern. The lid is a bit difficult to twist off at first, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.  

What our vet thinks

Dr. Irish notes that the safe ingredients and palatability have made these treats a favorite among reviewers. But she does have some concerns about the efficacy of the hemp powder and the necessity of using melatonin. Save these treats for bedtime if you’re going to give them to your dog.

Best for sensitive tummies

Sometimes, our tummies hurt when we get stressed. Dogs are no exception. But anxious pups with sensitive stomachs deserve some tender loving care, too. Premium Care’s Calming Chews are soothing for situational-induced stressors without causing GI flare-ups. If you’re hesitant to spring for these chews, we have good news: You can buy them, let your pup try them, and return them if they don’t work. Premium Care offers a 100% money-back guarantee.

  • Ingredients. Premium Care’s zen-inducing chews contain chamomile, valerian root, and L-tryptophan. They’re also made with hemp oil, which isn’t scientifically proven effective yet.   
  • Drowsiness. Though chamomile, valerian root, and L-tryptophan are considered safe and effective at quelling anxiety, these ingredients made our dogs a little sleepy.
  • Consistency. Natural is the name of the game here. These dye-free chews are light green and very soft.
  • Palatability. These calming duck-flavored chews double as tasty, highly-edible treats.
  • Smell. The chews have a light hemp smell.
  • Packaging. Premium Care’s calming chews come in a simple container with easy-to-read ingredients and instructions. The solid-freshness seal ensures the product will last.

What our vet thinks

Dr. Irish can vouch for many of the ingredients in these calming chews (chamomile, valerian root, and L-tryptophan). But she does point out that scientists are still studying the safety and dosing efficacy of hemp seed oil. She’s comforted by Premium Care’s money-back guarantee and stellar reviews from previous buyers, though.

Our daytime pick

Front of the Pack Harmony’s cool box is only part of the package. After snapping a few photos, pet parents can give their anxious pup a treat containing soothing ingredients like L-theanine. These chews are designed for event-specific anxieties, such as loud noises. And the best part? Front of the Pack supports Best Friend’s Animal Society. Select your local no-kill shelter at the time of purchase, and Front of the Pack will donate a portion of the proceeds.

  • Ingredients. Front of the Pack’s Harmony chews contain L-theanine and a Relora blend, a combination of ingredients found in another effective supplement called Solliquin. Meanwhile, the nootropics serve as a brain booster. They also have ashwagandha. Though the brand says the adaptogens can soothe anxiety, it’s not scientifically proven.
  • Drowsiness. These chews didn’t cause drowsiness in our dogs, making them great for daytime use
  • Consistency. This calming supplement comes in a granular formula that pet parents can sprinkle over food or feed to their dog as is. The supplement is yellowish-brown and is made up of tiny, bead-link granules.
  • Palatability. This powder is palatable
  • Smell. If certain scents irritate your pup, you’re in luck —  Front of the Pack’s product doesn’t have any noticeable smell.
  • Packaging. The packaging is top-notch. The product arrives in a printed box with each dose individually packaged, taking the guesswork out of it.

What our vet thinks

Dr. Irish likes that this supplement contains a small number of safe ingredients and promotes overall brain health and wellness. She loves recommending them for daytime use, and the charitable component is the cherry on top. Her biggest gripe is that the package, as stylish as it is, isn’t very informative. You’ll have to go online to get ingredients and usage instructions.

Our nighttime pick

These calming chews from Zesty Paws come in a fun orange container. But though the package is bright and cheery, the formula is soothing. Chamomile and L-theanine are among the main ingredients.

  • Ingredients. This product packs a ton of proven and potentially soothing ingredients into a small chew. Chamomile and Ltheanine are proven to help calm dogs. Other ingredients, like adaptogens and hemp oil, are still being studied. Zesty Paws’ chews also have melatonin, which can disrupt sleep cycles. Stick to giving these chews to your pup at night.
  • Drowsiness. There’s melatonin in these chews, so expect them to make your pup yawn. 
  • Consistency. Zesty Paws’ calming bites are brown and soft for dogs to chew.
  • Palatability. These chews come in multiple flavors, including turkey and peanut butter. Our dogs thought they were tasty.  
  • Smell. These chews even smell soothing. Expect a light hemp, turkey scent.
  • Packaging. The bright package stands out. It’s tightly sealed to ensure freshness.

What our vet thinks

The melatonin in Zesty Paws’ chews concerns Dr. Irish. She says it’s acceptable in low doses for dogs and is even used to treat some skin conditions. But when it’s sold as a single supplement, it may contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. But Zesty Paws doesn’t list xylitol on its ingredients list. Dr. Irish also says that the hemp oil is also scientifically unproven. But she notes that many of the other ingredients, like chamomile and L-theanine, work. Some of her clients swear by these chews, too.

Our research process

Why you should trust our reviews

  • Dr. Erica Irish helped us formulate this list — She took a close look at the supplements on our list to ensure they’re safe and effective for your pup to use. Dr. Irish gave her honest takes on what she liked and disliked about each product.
  • We ordered and paid for these products — These chews weren’t gifted to us by brands, nor are they sponsored. We paid for these products ourselves, allowing us to objectively test each and give you real-deal reviews.
  • We sent them off with our product researcher to test in the field — Before sharing our selections, we had our product review expert, Sara Ondrako, try each of the chews on her pups. She let us know what she — and perhaps more important they — thought.
  • We trialed and tested these products in The Lab — Ondrako and our team tested these products against our review criteria to give you accurate information. 

How we picked

We dug deep to find these calming supplements for your dog. We reviewed popular calming supplements on the internet and marketplaces such as Amazon and Chewy. Then, we narrowed down our list, looking for products made with safe ingredients from reputable brands.

But we wanted to make sure we were giving you the safest, most effective recommendations. Our veterinarian and product review expert helped us determine our “top pick” and determine categories for the other products on this list. Our “top pick” ranked the highest in all of our criteria.

At first glance

On paper, here’s a glance at how the calming supplements stack up against each other.

Product How quickly it works Flavor Price* Amount
Vetriscience Composure 30 minutes Chicken liver, bacon, or peanut butter $18.00 6.77 ounces
Native Pet Calming Chew n/a Chicken $21.99 5 ounces
Premium Care Calming Chews n/a Duck $29.96 9.3 ounces
Front of the Pack Harmony 60 to 90 minutes Peanut butter $35.99 7.68 ounces
Zesty Paws Advanced Calming Bites n/a Turkey or peanut butter $30.00 11.2 ounces

*price at the time of our review

How we tested these products

Our team worked with Sara and Dr. Irish to determine the most important criteria for testing calming supplements. We factored in the following six qualities when testing and ranking the best calming supplements for dogs:

  • Ingredients. We know you want to keep your dog safe and happy. Our veterinarian reviewed each label to ensure the products had safe ingredients for dogs. She highlighted both proven and unproven ingredients to help us — and you — cut through the marketing jargon.
  • Consistency. Some dogs prefer softer treats, while others prefer harder chews. Our product expert handled the chews or granules and tell us about the color and consistency of each. We dented each chew with our fingernails to determine how hard or soft they were.
  • Palatability. Calming treats won’t do much if your dog refuses to eat them. Our product reviewer let her pups taste them — it was arguably their favorite part.
  • Drowsiness. Making your dog drowsy won’t necessarily make them less anxious, and it could get in the way of their daily walks and playtime. Our experts pointed out treats that may make your dog too sleepy for daytime adventures.
  • Smell. Dogs explore so much of the world with their nose. An attractive or calming scent can entice them to take a supplement. If they like the chew and take it regularly, just a whiff of it can be soothing. Pheromones, or chemical hormones, also give off scents that calm dogs.
  • Packaging. We evaluated packaging — and not just for style points. Tight seals can keep a product fresh longer, saving you aggravation and money.

What else should pet parents consider?

Does your dog need a calming supplement?

Calming supplements may help your pup relax, particularly if they experience event-specific stresses — think fireworks season or thunderstorms. Separation anxiety is also common in dogs, and these supplements may help. But you’ll want to discuss any anxiety issues with your dog’s veterinarian first.

Calming chews aren’t a cure-all, particularly if your pet displays severe anxiety, fear-related behaviors, or hyperactivity. Your pup may need a behavioral specialist to help them feel more at ease in the long term.

How to use dog calming supplements and what to expect

For dogs with persistent anxiety, it’s best to give them supplements daily. For dogs with situational anxieties, supplements work best if you give them 1 to 2 hours before the anxiety-causing event. The supplements will have a better effect if you give them before your dog is already wound up. Then, you can re-dose your dog according to label instructions.

Calming supplements are most effective in dogs with mild general and situational anxiety. If your dog has chronic or severe anxiety, talk with your veterinarian. They’ll know whether your pup needs prescription medications or specific training. For example, if your dog’s anxiety causes outward aggression, you might need to see a behaviorist.

Research says calming supplements are effective

Studies show that calming supplements in any form are effective at easing anxiety. Researchers determine this by measuring the levels of stress hormones (cortisol) and happy hormones (serotonin) in a dog’s bloodstream before and after they receive the supplements.

Much of what we know about calming supplement ingredients comes from human studies. But the evidence does support the claim that they have a similar effect on dogs.

The active ingredients you need to know about

Various natural substances can ease anxiety in dogs. Some of the supplements available have a combination of these ingredients, while others may just have a single ingredient. Calming supplements usually work best if they have a variety of ingredients that can work in conjunction to reduce anxiety. We will discuss some of these individual ingredients below.

Valerian root

Valerian root comes from the flowering plant, Valeriana officinalis, and we don’t know why it works. Most researchers believe it increases the amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain. GABA provides a calming effect in the brain, allowing your pup to relax.

Valerian root is best for situational anxieties, like trips to the vet or thunderstorms. The supplement has a sedative effect, so expect your dog to become a little drowsy.

Melatonin

Melatonin can also increase the functioning of GABA in the brain and reduce the feeling of fear. It’s most often used for its sedative properties, which can in turn help relax the brain. For dogs, melatonin is best if given for situational anxieties, such as during thunderstorms, fireworks, or trips to the vet. It can also be given to help with car rides or decrease the effects of separation anxiety.

Melatonin is generally considered safe by vets, but there aren’t many canine-specific studies. As always, consult your vet before giving your dog melatonin-based supplements. Watch out for ones with xylitol as an ingredient.

👉 Melatonin can also make your dog sleepy, so avoid giving your dog chews with melatonin during the day.

L-theanine

L-theanine is a component found in green tea. It works by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, which produces a calming effect. In people, it’s proven to decrease stress and heart rate in cases of chronic anxiety.

L-theanine is the main ingredient in most calming supplements for dogs and can be used for a variety of anxious conditions. Give your dog a supplement about one hour before an anticipated anxious event.

L-tryptophan

Low levels of L-tryptophan in the body have been associated with anxiety, mood disorders, and depressive symptoms. So it makes sense that if you provide extra tryptophan in the body, feelings of anxiety can be reduced. Tryptophan also increases the amount of serotonin, the happy hormone, in your pup’s brain.

Additionally, it can also be converted into melatonin, which can decrease fear. Tryptophan has even been shown in studies involving dogs that it can relieve symptoms of anxiety caused by noise phobias. When given tryptophan, dogs were able to calm down within 30 minutes and the effects lasted for up to 4 hours.

Chamomile

Chamomile is an herbal extract with anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and muscle relaxing properties. It can help with relaxation though it has mildly sedative properties, thus helping to relieve anxiety. It can also decrease anxiety-related gastrointestinal disturbances, such as gas, pain, and bloating. This is important as many dogs with anxiety are prone to gastrointestinal disturbances.

Hemp oil/CBD oil

Hemp oil and CBD oil are incredibly popular among dog owners these days. While there’s anecdotal evidence that CBD is effective, there’s still a lot of research to do. Scientific findings have yet to prove the oil’s consistent efficacy and safety profile.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “Cannabis-derived products that have been suggested as therapeutic agents for use in animals to-date have not followed the traditional path to FDA approval.” The AVMA also states that “[there have been] recent reports of lab analyses indicating that a substantial portion of products currently available on the market are labeled inaccurately with respect to both the identity and amount of active ingredient found within the product.”

What this means is that most of the products being sold to you aren’t approved by the FDA. Additionally, you may or may not be getting your money’s worth of quality ingredients. That’s why the veterinary community continues to fund more studies to help evaluate the effectiveness and safety of CBD oil in pets.

If you do try CBD oil with your dog, make sure it’s manufactured specifically for dogs and follow the label instructions precisely to decrease the risk of your dog developing adverse reactions. Never give your dog human-labeled CBD oil or any product with marijuana in it as these could be toxic to dogs. Also, make sure the source of the CBD oil is from a hemp grower and not a marijuana grower.

You should also be aware of the legality of using CBD oil. Federally, CBD oil from hemp with less than 0.3% 19-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychotropic part of marijuana, is legal. Because of the risk to their veterinary license and the current fuzziness of this topic, your veterinarian may or may not be comfortable discussing CBD oil as an approach to treating canine anxiety with you.

👉  Read our breakdown of CBD oil for dogs.

Passionflower

Passionflower is a natural herbal supplement that’s considered to be a mood enhancer. It can produce a calming effect in your pup but is best if given before a trigger sets them off. It’s very safe when used according to the product label instructions. It’s often formulated into a liquid herbal extract that you can easily administer via a dropper bottle.

Colostrum

Colostrum is an ingredient that is clinically proven to be effective in producing a calming effect on dogs. Colostrum is a milk protein that is derived from the first milk produced by a lactating female. The colostrum used in supplements is typically obtained from cows.

The two main milk proteins used for this purpose are alpha-casozepine (casein), and colostrum calming complex (C3). Colostrum is the most effective situational anxiety.

Signs of anxiety in dogs

Just like with people, some dogs are more anxious than others. Some dogs may have very mild forms of anxiety, while others may have more severe forms. It’s important to note that dogs can develop anxiety at any stage of their life. It will sometimes be present as early as puppyhood. Other times, it will manifest later on in life for seemingly no clear reason.

  • Inappropriate urination or defecation
  • Excessive neediness
  • Shaking, trembling
  • Excessive panting
  • Restlessness, pacing
  • Overgrooming, excessive licking
  • Destructive behavior
  • Excessive vocalization (whining or barking)
  • Unexplained aggression

If you’ve noticed behavioral changes like these, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. This is to make sure there’s not an underlying medical reason why your dog is acting out of sorts. Your veterinarian can run blood work and do a thorough exam on your pup before jumping to the conclusion that anxiety is the underlying issue.

For instance, medical conditions like kidney disease can cause an increase in urination. And that probably means accidents in the house. Some dogs that have painful conditions, such as arthritis or back pain, can develop excessive panting, shaking, restlessness — even increased aggression.

For these reasons, it’s always best to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian before trying any at-home remedy. There might be an underlying problem that needs more in-depth treatment.

The causes of anxiety

There are many causes of anxiety in dogs. Every dog is different and the underlying cause of anxiety can be as varied as there are individual dogs. Oftentimes it may not just be one particular thing, but a combination of things that can cause anxiety in your pup. On top of that, some dogs are genetically predisposed to developing anxiety, and no matter how well you socialize them or expose them to different things in their life, they will still develop behavioral issues.

The most common types of anxiety in dogs stem from fear and separation issues. There’s also an age-related change in some senior dogs’ brains that can cause them to act anxious.

Anxiety caused by fear

Fear-related anxiety can be caused by anything your dog is scared of. This includes any sort of stimuli or situation that is scary to your particular dog. This may include any of the following:

  • Loud noises, such as thunder or fireworks
  • New situations or new places
  • New or different people
  • New or different dogs or other animals
  • Visual stimuli, such as new objects they haven’t seen before or ones that look similar to an object that they associated a negative situation with
  • Specific situations such as going to the veterinary clinic
  • Car rides

Sometimes these anxieties can develop because of experiences your pup may have had that were traumatic for them. For example, if your pup had a traumatic experience at the vet or all they remembered about their vet visit was that they got poked and prodded, they’ll likely be fearful every time they’re taken back there. They will remember the sights, as well as the smells.

Other times these anxieties may develop because your dog wasn’t properly socialized as a puppy. There’s a critical time of development in puppies during which they need to be exposed to all sorts of people, situations, objects, and other dogs so they are not fearful later in life.

Separation anxiety

Dogs with separation anxiety get very stressed and nervous when left alone. This can happen when they’re separated from their owner or main caretaker. However, separation anxiety can also occur for some dogs if they’re separated from an animal friend or companion.

Dogs with separation anxiety may urinate or defecate in the home. They may also constantly bark or whine, annoying the next-door neighbors. They can also be destructive to the furnishings within the home, or even worse, to themselves.

Anxiety caused by age

As many dogs get older, they develop a condition in their brain like people with Alzheimer’s Disease. This condition is referred to as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction and can cause disorientation, restlessness, and a disruption of normal sleep-wake patterns. It can also cause a disruption in their learned skills, such as pottying outside or other training they used to be so good at.

As you can imagine, an older dog that all of a sudden forgets they’re supposed to go potty outside and sleep at night can cause quite a headache for their owner. These dogs are usually very restless and anxious throughout the night, causing their owner to lose healthy amounts of sleep.

Anxiety or pent-up energy?

Even though anxiety-related disorders are fairly common in dogs, it’s important to know your dog. Some pet owners may think their dog has anxiety, when in fact their dog is just high-energy and needs more interaction and enrichment in their lives.

With our schedules getting busier and busier it can be hard to find ample time to allow your dog to get all their physical and mental energy out. You’ll be pleasantly surprised, though, that if you find ways to keep your dog stimulated, their anxiety-like behaviors may start to fade away.

Try taking your dog on regular, high-paced walks or jogs. Consider putting them in an agility class, or letting them go to doggy daycare on certain days of the week. This is especially important for certain breeds of dogs, including the working and sporting groups of dogs.

7 ways to help relieve your dog’s anxiety

If your vet determines that your dog does suffer from anxiety, there are various treatments available. It’s also important to note that anxiety is a complicated condition that’s best treated with a combination of tools.

1. Training

Training is probably the most important component of treating canine anxiety. Your veterinarian can give you information on positive reinforcement trainers and/or veterinary behaviorists in your area.

The trainer or behaviorist can work with both you and your pup to get to the root cause of your dog’s anxiety. Many of them will also offer in-home consults. This would be the best way of better understanding your dog’s triggers and what can be done to counter-condition your dog’s behavior.

If you’re unable to afford a trainer, there are still plenty of desensitization techniques and counter-conditioning techniques you can do at home with your dog. Talk with your veterinarian about what you can specifically do to help with your individual dog’s anxiety. Always remember, positive reinforcement is key here. Any training that involves punishment or negative reinforcement may only make your dog’s anxiety worse.

2. Exercise

Providing adequate exercise for your pup is paramount to their mental health. Letting them run around, play with other dogs, and have plenty of time to play with you will help them feel confident and content. Not to mention, wearing them out will give them less free time to focus on their anxieties or destructive behaviors. They may even rest better at night.

3. Environmental stimulation

Just like with exercise, environmental stimulation can help keep your dog’s mind active during the day to dampen the effects of anxiety. If your dog is motivated by treats and food, there are a variety of enrichment toys you can provide to them while you are gone during the day.

For example, fill a large Kong toy full of peanut butter, freeze it overnight, and give it to your pup during the day. You can also put pieces of their kibble or treats in a puzzle ball that they have to push around or throw up in the air to figure out how to get the yummy food out. Both are great ways to keep their mind active.

If your dog has a favorite toy, try to only give them the toy during times of anxiety, so they can focus on the toy instead of their anxiousness. Surprisingly enough, there’s even music available specifically for dogs, to help them feel relaxed.

Another tool available for environmental stimulation is dog interactive cameras. These can be useful for some pups. However, this may not be the best tool for every dog. It could make some dogs’ separation anxiety worse — especially if they’re only able to hear your voice but can’t see you.

4. Thundershirts

Thundershirts are snug-fitting shirts that provide constant, gentle pressure to your dog. They help to ease your dog’s feelings of anxiety and restlessness and can be an effective tool in your toolbox to dampen your dog’s anxiety. Thundershirts do work nicely for many dogs, but not all dogs. But, until you try it you won’t know if it will help or not. The company typically offers a money-back guarantee, so it’s worth it to buy one to test it out.

5. Pheromones

Canine pheromones are the chemical hormones that dogs give off usually via scent in various situations. Mother dogs give off calming pheromones to their puppies. Dogs in stressful situations, such as at the vet clinic, give off fearful pheromones to other dogs.

Adaptil is a product that gives off the natural happy and comforting pheromones of dogs. When your dog breathes in and smells the scent of the pheromones, they help to make your dog relax and feel at ease. They come in various forms — diffusers you can plug into an outlet, sprays, and even collars your dog can wear around their neck.

6. Prescription medications

If a dog’s mind is so anxious they’re to be trained, prescription medications are probably necessary. Some dogs just need temporary medication while they learn coping mechanisms. Others may need life-long treatment.

The most common prescription meds used today are trazodone, fluoxetine, and clomipramine. Your vet will need to examine your dog before prescribing one of these medications. Usually, all it takes is some blood work to make sure your dog’s organs are functioning properly.

7. Calming supplements

Calming supplements can be used to help reduce your dog’s anxiety. How well they work varies from dog to dog.

Usually, these products are made from natural products and are safe for your dog to consume. That being said, any dog could be allergic to anything that goes inside their body. Whenever you give something new to your dog, watch them closely for 24-48 hours. Call your vet if you notice any hives, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Frequently asked questions

What is a natural calming supplement for dogs?

Natural calming supplements contain a single or combination of natural ingredients to help dogs chill. Some chews include chamomile,  L-theanine, and valerian root.

What is the best calming agent for dogs?

Ultimately, the best calming supplement for your pup will depend on your furbaby’s needs and preferences. But we selected Vetriscience Composure as our top pick for its stellar reputation and simple ingredients that are proven to aid anxious pups.

Are calming supplements good for dogs?

Generally, calming supplements are safe for dogs. But you’ll want your dog’s vet to review the product’s ingredients before giving it to your dog. Some ingredients may interfere with other medications your pup is taking.

How do I calm a nervous dog?

Calming supplements can help calm a nervous dog, but there are other methods, too. Exercise, pheromones, thundershirts, and training can all help. Additionally, the American Kennel Club (AKC) suggests:

Create a den — Leave a quiet space for your pet away from windows, such as a closet or basement. Your pup can retreat to this spot during fireworks or thunderstorms.

Play white noise — Parents of tiny humans invest in white noise machines to help with sleep. Pet parents can, too.

Give lots of snuggles — You are your dog’s best friend and a safe haven. Snuggling, petting, and talking sweetly to them may help your pup feel more at ease.

Can dogs eat melatonin?

Our vet generally doesn’t recommend giving dogs melatonin, as it can disrupt a pet’s natural sleep schedule. It’s best to avoid products with melatonin during the day.