The number one reason dogs end up in shelters is due to “bad” behavior, but just as in humans, many behavior issues stem from anxiety, fears, and phobias.
Dogs suffering from conditions such as separation anxiety, anxiety from other causes, hyperactivity, noise phobias, and sleep disturbances can cause a dog to be destructive to its environment and/or injurious to itself.
Any of these conditions can seriously affect the quality of your dog’s life. After all, chronic stress is one of the foundations of disease. Since adverse behavior arises when a dog’s needs are not being met, the challenge is to identify his needs and then address them. Treatment and support requires great patience, teamwork, and often multiple therapeutic strategies — there is no shortcut or silver bullet.
One product that may help is Serenin Vet™, which contains natural anxiolytic ingredients to help dogs cope with the stressors in their lives.
Serenin Vet™ is a unique blend of 11 natural and complementary ingredients, which down-regulate the many triggers that over-stimulate the canine brain, leading to undesirable and damaging behaviors. The formula includes:
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9): A deficiency of folic acid can induce irritability, behavior disorders, reduced appetite, weight loss, and weakness.
Cyanocobalamine (Vitamin B12): This maintains normal brain and CNS functioning and is essential in blood formation. It plays a role in cell metabolism, DNA synthesis, fatty acid synthesis, and energy production. Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to severe and irreversible CNS damage.
Magnesium: More than 300 metabolic enzymes require magnesium in order to function. Magnesium is essential for basic cellular life, and deficiency can aggravate sleep disturbance, irritability, and depression.
Selenium: It helps regulate the thyroid gland; deficiency is rare in companion animals, but can occur if the digestive system is dysfunctional. Deficiency can cause muscle weakness, increased susceptibility to infection, cancer, and heart disease.
L-5-hydroxy-tryptophan (Griffonia simplicifolia botanical): Griffonia seeds are from an evergreen climbing shrub found in African countries. Griffonia is a natural and highly absorbable source of 5HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), an enhancing amino acid with a documented sleep-inducing effect. It is also a direct precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that exerts a calming effect and regulates sleep. Griffonia seed has been shown to raise serotonin levels in the brain, which can relieve anxiety and improve sleep patterns.
DL-Phenylalanine: Comprised of a combination of the D and L isomers of the amino acid phenylalanine. This form of phenylalanine acts as a natural pain reliever by blocking the enzymes responsible for endorphin and enkephalin breakdown.
Eleuthero powder (Eleutherococcus senticosus): Eleuthero, also known as Siberian Ginseng, is an adaptogen that helps the body adapt more effectively to stress. It enhances immune function and reduces cortisol levels and inflammatory response. Eleuthero reduces the depletion of stress-reducing hormones. It should not be given to diabetic dogs, as it can lower blood glucose levels.
Inositol: This is a carbohydrate, in which its most common form, myo-inositol, is widely found in plants, including bran cereals, beans, nuts, melons and oranges. Myo-inositol plays an important role as one of the components of several cellular messengers, including some lipids such as phosphatidylinositol phosphate.
(Note— Inositol is not a fatty lipid— it is not a lipid in and of itself, but can be a component of a lipid substance).
L-Tyrosine: This is a nonessential amino acid that is derived from phenylalanine. Tyrosine is necessary for neurotransmitter synthesis, such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine—each of which can help regulate mood. Tyrosine deficiency in humans has been associated with depression, low blood pressure, low body temperature, and hypothyroidism. Tyrosine also assists in the synthesis of enkephalins (which have pain-relieving effects). Research suggests that tyrosine acts as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt and cope with the effects of physical or psychological stress. This is primarily because tyrosine is a building block for norepinephrine and epinephrine, which are two of the body’s primary stress hormones.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum): This herb has been used for centuries to treat mental disorders and relieve pain. Studies have shown that it can reduce anxiety in animals and also psychological stress. It is widely used in dogs to help alleviate mild anxiety, fears, and phobias. The chemical basis for the herb’s ability to reduce pain is that it acts via a mechanism similar to opiates such as morphine. It is used in the management of pain from spinal disk disease, and may be helpful for dogs with psychogenic alopecia and acral lick granuloma, by its analgesic and relaxant effects.
Passion Flower (Passiflora) Extract: Passion flower extract contains flavonoids that have relaxing and anti-anxiety effects. The alkaloids and flavonoids in passion flower extract are reported to be sedating in animals. Passion flower helps improve sleep, restlessness, GI spasms, and high blood pressure in humans. Passion Flower extract is the herb of choice for treating chronic insomnia. It aids transition into a restful sleep. Research suggests that passion flower has a complex effect on the central nervous system, which is responsible for its tranquilizing effects.
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