I’m thankful I do not have a dog that’s scared of fireworks or thunder, but I know these are real fears many dogs deal with.
There is no quick fix for helping a dog with fireworks, but two products that keep coming up in my discussions are Rescue Remedy and Canine Calm.
I’ve heard enough dog owners recommend these products that I thought it was worth starting a discussion about them.
Both Rescue Remedy and Canine Calm are marketed as natural products designed to help a dog relax during stressful situations. I’m sure there are dozens of similar brands out there that claim the same.
I’m highly skeptical that any of these really do much to calm a dog.
However, other dog owners tell me otherwise, and maybe these products could help your dog as well.
I’d really like to hear from you about your experiences.
Do you have a dog that is fearful of thunder or fireworks? Or maybe fearful of the vet, car rides or being alone? Have you tried any products containing essential oils to help calm your dog? Did they work? Let me know in the comments!
A bit more about Rescue Remedy and Canine Calm:
Does Rescue Remedy really calm a dog scared of fireworks and thunder?
Bach Rescue Remedy (affiliate link) is advertised as a natural stress reliever for dogs made from flower material, according to its web site. You just put a few drops on your dog’s food or in his water. It’s also available for humans.
Rescue Remedy will help a dog handle stressful situations such as storms or fireworks, according to its web site. The product has an “immediate calming effect.”
You can purchase 20 ml for $20.95 directly from the site. I found it for less on Amazon.
I purchased the product a few years ago when trying to help a foster dog deal with separation anxiety. It did not help at all, from what I could tell. I also gave Rescue Remedy to my dog Ace while traveling, and it did not seem to calm him either. (Maybe in both cases, I should’ve just taken the Rescue Remedy myself!)
Others swear by it though, so it might be worth a shot. If you’ve used this product, let me know if it helped your dog.
Canine Calm by Earth Heart for helping a dog deal with fireworks and thunder
Canine Calm (affiliate link) uses pure, essential oils to help dogs relax, according to its web site. It says to gently mist your fingers and then massage your dog’s outer ears or abdomen. You can also mist the dog’s blanket, bed, etc. If you don’t see results in 10 minutes, it says to repeat as needed.
Ingredients include “pure essential oils” of bergamot, tangerine, lavender, geranium, marjoram and ylang ylang, according to the web site.
You can buy 2 ounces of Canine Calm in the mist form for $12.98 off its site or on Amazon.
Now I want to hear from you.
Have you ever used this type of product? Did it make a difference?
There’s also a great post over at Lola the Pitty on essential oil blends to help dogs with storm anxiety.
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