What is L-Tryptophan?
L-Tryptophan is an amino acid that’s essential not only to us but our dogs, too. Whilst it performs many functions, it’s probably best known for helping to produce serotonin – often referred to as the ‘happy hormone’, our body’s natural feel-good chemical.
When we have adequate levels of serotonin, we tend to feel more focused and emotionally stable, as well as generally feeling happier and calmer.
How do I pronounce L-Tryptophan?
L-Tryptophan is pronounced ‘el-trip-tuh-fan.’
What are the benefits of L-Tryptophan for dogs?
You know those days when you’re having a good day, and everything seems easier? Or when obstacles don’t worry you as much, you can find solutions to tricky situations more easily and you seem to notice the small pleasures in life? When we’re in a better mood, life can feel a little easier.
The benefits of L-Tryptophan for dogs can be very similar to people. It can help put our pets in a happier, emotionally calmer state, meaning they may have reduced symptoms of anxiety and stress. Benefits can include:
- Reduced separation anxiety if anxious when home alone
- More relaxed around unfamiliar dogs or people
- Being calmer at the vet or groomer
- More relaxed in the car
- A more regular appetite
- Being less distressed by thunderstorms or fireworks
- Having a better night’s sleep
Will L-Tryptophan make my dog drowsy?
When given at the prescribed dose, L-Tryptophan will not make your pet drowsy. Your dog will maintain their usual level of alertness but have a better ability to manage situations that might cause them stress or worry, like going to the vet or being home alone for long stretches of time. L-tryptophan works to increase serotonin levels in the brain and whilst too much serotonin can cause drowsiness, it would take a huge amount to have this effect.
How can I safely give my dog L-Tryptophan?
The safest way to give your pet L-Tryptophan is in a supplement or treat specially formulated for dogs. This ensures your dog receives the correct dosage for their weight and at the optimal inclusion rate to address symptoms of stress or anxiety.
ZamiPet offers two products containing L-Tryptophan in its best-selling Relax & Calm range.
ZamiPet Relax & Calm
Made with locally sourced chicken, this delicious premium health supplement supports a healthy nervous system and reduces symptoms of stress and anxiety in dogs. Feed to your dog once a day or as recommended by your animal health professional.
ZamiPet HappiTreats® Relax & Calm
ZamiPet HappiTreats® Relax & Calm are a delicious, healthy treat for dogs made from quality Australian chicken and salmon. Enriched with vitamins and minerals, they also contain the calming benefits of L-Tryptophan and Chamomile to support a healthy nervous system.
ZamiPet HappiTreats® Relax & Calm are specially formulated to be a healthy treat, given to your dog throughout the day as a healthy snack, with the added benefit of two calming active ingredients.
Using ZamiPet supplements and ZamiPet HappiTreats® together
The information in this article was checked by ZamiPet Veterinarian and General Manager Dr Andrew McKay, BVSc, University of Melbourne, 2000. Vet Registration No: V3985
Disclaimer: This information is general advice only. Before starting any treatment or supplement with your pet, please consult your vet first for the best approach to getting your pet back to their best health.