Valerian Root for Dogs: Help Calm Anxiety Naturally

What is Valerian Root?

The Valerian plant is an herb that’s native to Europe and Asia that can now be found growing in the wild across the world. In traditional medicine, parts of the Valerian plant, mainly Valerian Root, have been used for many years for its calming effects. It’s now common to find Valerian Root in many different supplements for humans, and the herb’s calming benefits are now being used for dogs, too.

What are the benefits of Valerian Root for dogs?

Valerian Root for anxiety in dogs

Research has shown that Valerian Root may be helpful at easing symptoms of anxiety and worry that your pet might feel when they’re in a stressful situation. Dogs can experience stress and unease just like humans can, but for our best friends, these situations might be:

  • When they’re left on their own at home and experience separation anxiety
  • During thunderstorms or fireworks when they’re frightened by the loud, unexpected noise
  • When at the vet or groomer
  • Travelling in the car
  • Being around unfamiliar people or dogs, like at the dog park or at family gatherings
  • The loss of a loved one in the household, either human or furry friend.

Valerian Root is thought to increase the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. This is a neurotransmitter that helps to block transmissions between neurons in the brain that stimulate activity, including stress or anxiety. With higher levels of GABA, this can support your pet to be calmer when they’re in a situation that they find stressful or worrisome.

Also, the compounds that give Valerian Root its characteristic pungent smell (valepotriates) may have anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects in the body. 

Valerian plant in flower on a sunny day

Valerian Root for improved sleep in dogs

Studies have shown that Valerian Root can help to reduce the length of time it takes to fall asleep, while also improving quality of sleep. When your pup is better rested, it can help them to better cope with stress when it does arise.

Is Valerian Root safe for dogs?

Yes, Valerian Root is safe for dogs, when taken at the correct dose for your dog’s weight. Keep in mind that if your dog is pregnant or lactating, Valerian Root should be avoided as there is very little research into the safety of Valerian Root in pregnant & lactating animals. Similarly, if your pet is on any medication, it’s best to chat with your vet to see if Valerian Root is right for them, in case there maybe any interactions with the supplement and their current treatment.

How to give your dog Valerian Root

As the dosage of Valerian Root for dogs needs to be quite specific to be safe and effective, it’s best given in a supplement for dogs.

ZamiPet Relax & Calm

ZamiPet Relax & Calm is a great tasting, breakable chew containing four calming ingredients to support a healthy nervous system and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety in dogsL-Tryptophan, Valerian Root, Chamomile and L-Theanine.  

This premium health supplement is specially formulated with high levels of four calming active ingredients to support a calm pup. For best results it should be given to your dog once a day. 

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.