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author of Healing Pets with Nature’s Miracle Cures.

For human supplement­s, check with an integrativ­e vet and/ or use this rough guide: a dog that weighs 75– 90 pounds can be given an adult dosage, and a smaller dog, or a cat, would get proportion­ally less, depending on weight. For example, if the human dose is three capsules daily, a 30- pound dog could get one capsule per day and a 10- pound cat one- quarter to one- half of a capsule per day.

Pasternak warns against using tranquiliz­ing drugs for cats or dogs, especially pets over 10 years old. “In older animals, side eff ects can be severe and the sedative eff ects can linger,” he says.

How to Use Anti- Anxiety Pet Remedies

Choose a supplement formulated for dogs or cats and follow product directions.

Any of these can make your dog or cat ill. PEOPLE FOODS: Chocolate, coffee, caffeine, alcohol, avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, xylitol ( a popular sugar alternativ­e in many products), onions, garlic, chives, large amounts of salt, too much milk or dairy products, and raw or undercooke­d meat, eggs, and bones. PLANTS AND FLOWERS: Poinsettia­s and lilies are holiday favorites, but toxic to pets. For a complete list, visit the Pet Care section at aspca. org. Or, use an appropriat­e dose of a human herbal formula. Avoid tinctures or liquid formulas because they are usually alcoholbas­ed, and alcohol is toxic to pets.

Capsules can be opened and mixed with food. For cats, who may balk at the scent of herbs, Pasternak suggests mixing capsule contents with raw or organic cream or milk.

Herbal remedies might take eff ect in hours, but they can take longer to kick in, so it pays to plan ahead. If your dog or cat easily becomes anxious or stressed, start using a calming supplement a few days or up to a week before a holiday event just to be on the safe side.

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