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Dog Calming Supplements and Chews

Just like humans—dogs can sometimes experience anxiety. Dogs may feel stressed by previous experiences, new surroundings, separation anxiety, an addition to the family or other reasons. At Petco, we have a variety of solutions for you to help relax your dog, such as dog calming aids.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Calming Supplements and Chews

Natural calming supplements for dogs are made with herbs such as chamomile and valerian—which are natural sedatives—or amino acids such as L-theanine and L-tryptophan—which inhibit the stress response.

Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle in humans and dogs. It can possibly be given to dogs with insomnia to help them sleep at night. Be sure only to use a melatonin supplement approved for dogs, and always check with your veterinarian before giving melatonin or any other over-the-counter supplement to your dog.

Consult your veterinarian for the best approach. In addition, you might try several methods that can potentially help relieve symptoms of anxiety in your dog.

  • Give your dog more exercise.
  • Play soft, soothing music for your dog.
  • Use calming supplements and calming chews for dogs.
  • Increase physical contact such as holding, petting and cuddling with your dog.
  • Try having your dog wear calming coats, inflatables and shirts.
  • Give your dog a gentle massage. Start at the neck and use long strokes to work your way down their back.