Top calming products for pets

There’s a range of calming products which are designed to help your pet cope better with stress, whether it’s holidays, kennel/cattery stays, trips to the vets, new additions to the household or of course, Fireworks and party season.

Understanding the differences between the products and the active calming ingredient can help you make the best choice for your pet. It may be that one doesn’t appear to work so well, in which case, you’ll be able to make an informed choice about an alternative product which uses a different method of calming or ingredient.

Here are some of our top calming products for pets:

Natural ingredient based calming supplements

1) Zylkene

Zylkene is a natural based complementary supplement which can be given to cats and dogs a couple of days prior to a stressful event, including fireworks.

It contains casein, (a protein in milk which is known to promote the relaxation in newborns). It has a non-drowsy formula and is lactose free.

Zylkene comes in capsule form – ideal for popping into food for dogs or alternatively, can be broken open, enabling owners to sprinkle the powder directly into food – much easier than a tablet if you have a cat!

Zylkene can be used longer term if your pet is very anxious and can also be used in combination with pheromone-based products.

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2) Anxitane
Another choice, is Anxitane, a highly palatable, chewable tablet from Virbac that contains the natural ingredient L-Theanine, which helps calm and reduce anxiety in dogs and cats. This non-drowsy chew comes in a fishy flavour, making it that little bit easier to give to your pet.

Anxitane can also help to increase mental focus and learning abilities.

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YuCALM Dog and YuCALM Cat from Lintbells are natural, premium triple-action calming supplements for stressed or anxious dogs and cats. The clever combination of scientifically proven ingredients makes a difference by supporting natural calming pathways in the brain.

YuCALM is not a sedative and results can be seen in just a few days, however it may take up to 3 – 6 weeks to see the full benefits.

YuCALM contains Lemon Balm which makes your pet feel more relaxed, soothes stress and encourages calm behaviour. It also incorporates L-Theanine which offers natural calming properties by supporting the production of calming compounds, such as serotonin.  The addition of fish protein hydrolysate supports your pet’s brain, helping calming signals find the right spot.

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4) VeggieDent Zen Chews

VeggieDent Zen Dog Chews are highly palatable, plant-based and multi-functional chews that have been designed to help aid relaxation, reduce anxiety and fight against bad breath. They contain L-theanine which helps to calm and reduce anxiety in dogs and incorporate innovative FR3SH technology, which targets the causes of halitosis in dogs in 3 ways – cleanses, cools and addresses digestive causes of bad breath.


Pheromone-based calming products

Other products available use pheromones to help relieve the stress your pets feel.

The ADAPTIL for Dogs Diffuser from CEVA contains a dog appeasing pheromone which is naturally produced by lactating bitches – giving comfort and reassurance to puppies. It’s been proven to have similar reassuring benefits to adult dogs when exposed to stressful situations. With a plug-in, household diffuser, you’re providing continuous comfort for your dog for a full month, after which you simply need to get a refill.

It also helps support with training and socialisation.

ADAPTIL also have a spray which can provide help outside the home, travelling in the car, visiting the vet or during hospitalisation stays. It can also be used inside, for example spraying on blankets in your dog’s new den on firework night.

For optimal results, consider using an ADAPTIL Collar which ensures your dog is benefiting from the soothing effect where ever they are.

Specifically for puppies, ADAPTIL Collar Junior comforts newly adopted puppies and helps facilitate their education.

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2)FELIWAY Optimum

Feliway Optimum Diffuser is brand new to the Feliway range and now calms cats better than ever in more situations for enhanced serenity. It contains a new feline pheromone complex that conveys even more impactful messages to your cat which helps them cope with our modern lifestyles. Cats naturally produce pheromones, some of these are invisible calming messages. Feliway Optimum contains the most advanced Feline Pheromones Complex, developed by the Feliway research team.


Anxiety dog shirts


ThunderShirt Anxiety Shirt for Dogs is an effective and safe solution for calming fearful and anxious dogs. It is ideal for fear of fireworks, thunderstorms, separation anxiety, cars or travelling. The Thundershirt is easy to put on and ensures a consistent pressure on the core of the dog. This pressure has a calming effect for most dogs. In a recent survey of over a 1000 users, 85% of dogs were less anxious when wearing the shirt. (The journal of veterinary science)


We hope this gives you a little bit more of an understanding about the products available that can help to promote a sense of calm in your pets – whether for fireworks night or any other stressful situations.

If you have any concerns about using any of these products in combination with your pet’s medication, talk to your vet first.

Calming products


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