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Does Rescue Remedy really calm a dog during fireworks and thunder?

Does Rescue Remedy really calm a dog during fireworks and thunder?

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. If you think your dog might need a prescription medication for fireworks, see this post. You can also try giving your dog Benadryl for fireworks anxiety.

*Get my tips on how to help a dog who’s scared of fireworks. Click Here.

Does Rescue Remedy really calm a dog?

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 calm a dog scared of fireworks and thunder?

Rescue Remedy to keep dogs calm around 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.

Ace - Does Rescue Remedy really calm a dog around fireworks?

Canine Calm by Earth Heart for helping a dog deal with fireworks and thunder

Canine Calm to help dogs with storm anxiety

I’m really curious about this product because I know it’s made a difference for some of the dog owners I’ve talked to.

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.

*Get my tips on how to help a dog who’s scared of fireworks. Click Here.

Now I want to hear from you.

Have you ever used Rescue Remedy for your dog?

Let us know in the comments!

Related posts:

Benadryl for dogs during fireworks

Dog Thundershirt reviews

Help for dogs scared of fireworks

There’s also a great post over at Lola the Pitty on essential oil blends to help dogs with storm anxiety.

Does Rescue Remedy really calm a dog?

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Jennifer

Saturday 22nd of June 2019

I stockpile products like these and I swear by them (Yes, Amazon, definitely has the best price on Rescue Remedy!). I recommend them often when fielding questions from folks who adopt dogs from the rescue with which I volunteer. I no longer have a noise/storm phobic dog, but when I did, a combination of Rescue Remedy plus Feel Bach's "Thunderstorm" formula worked quite well. Often times, Rescue Remedy can help enhance whatever other products one chooses to use.

My parents' current thunderstorm-phobic dog does better with Animal Essentials' Tranquility blend- it knocks him right out. Whereas their previous dog did quite well on the Feel Bach Thunderstorm remedy.

Another dog of mine suffered from extreme travel anxiety when in vehicles for the first 2-3 years of her life (it took that long to get her over it, plus getting a vehicle that wobbled less probably also helped). For her, filling out Feel Bach's pet questionnaire and having her own personalized formula made was what helped the most. I haven't given her anything when we get in the car anymore, for many years, now and she's almost 9 years old. Though I will say, in her case, the use of Rescue Remedy/Feel Bach products early on has given her kind of an aversion to them, and, at times, appeared to set off her anxiety when I would administer them, as she began to associate them with car travel. It's definitely important to apply products like these BEFORE the dog begins to experience any sort of stress/anxiety. Much like Benadryl and other medications, which don't work if the dog is already escalating, the same can be said for these.

The Comfort Zone DAP diffuser or Adaptil Diffuser is also another thing I keep on hand. I've used it for everything from moving house, to new fosters, to treating severe Separation Anxiety (paired with a behavior modification program). The Feliway diffuser is also helpful for many cat stress/anxiety issues.

KL

Thursday 28th of June 2018

My dog isn't afraid of fireworks or storms, but I have used it preemptively to keep her chilled out in a situation I know will be stressful. We went to camp together in May, and I was required to crate her for a good portion of the day with intermittent breaks. That was going to be stressful for a dog who is no longer crated at home, so I put Rescue Remedy in her drinking water.

I have also used it to take the edge off a situation that has escalated quickly, like when she was recently attacked by a visiting dog in our living room. (We were not told the dog had aggression issues, so that was fun.) I separated the dogs and dosed her with Rescue Remedy.

I've also found it works on me; I dose myself with it before Nosework trials. The trial nerves are really tough for me before that first element of the day. Once we get through that, I'm fine, but Rescue Remedy and mint tea are my go-tos for staying even keeled before and during that first search.

Lindsay Stordahl

Thursday 28th of June 2018

Interesting! Thanks KL. So sorry to hear about the attack in your own living room.

Deb

Thursday 28th of June 2018

Rescue Remedy has never worked for any of my dogs. I now use cbd oil and it works great for any anxiety. Make sure where you get it from is reputable. I use bluebird botanicals.

Jeri M Kastner

Thursday 28th of June 2018

Rescue remedy helps my small dog with vet visits & toenail trims, but not fireworks or thunderstorms.

I own a fireworks store & offer this item as samples to my customers: http://www.animaleo.info/calm-a-mile-rtu.html -- developed by a vet.

I have had lots of first-person success stories from my customers that their dog just lays down and/or goes to sleep! And for MY pup? It helps with visits from the granddaughter & holidays busy with lots of people/activity, but again, not for fireworks.

Lindsay Stordahl

Thursday 28th of June 2018

Interesting. Thank you, Jeri.

chris

Thursday 28th of June 2018

I have used a classical homeopath who has helped with my dog and her thunder phobia. After working with the symptoms and different remedies, she can now go lay down and sleep through it as before she would pace and pant and make herself all nervous. I have also used rescue remedy with success on other dogs along with lavender essential oil on a rag with others and composure by Vetriscience with others. All my dogs have been different and something different works with all of them. I just keep trying things until I can find that perfect one for each of them.

Lindsay Stordahl

Thursday 28th of June 2018

Good to hear, Chris!