Calming agents for Nervous or Destructive Pets

It is extremely difficult to control a nervous dog or even a pet that decides to eat and destroy everything in its path, but luckily there are various products that can aid your dog to become the happy and loving pet they should be.


NutureCALM 24/7 Pheromone Collars  


In dogs & puppies:

The nutureCalm 24/7 Pheromone collar mimics the pheromone that the mother dog produces to calm and reassure her puppies. Dogs recognize these pheromones throughout life. Pheromone behaviour collars mimic the natural way to help dogs cope with new and fearful situations.


Pheromones help modify problem behaviours in dogs/puppies such as:

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Excessive Barking

  • Destructive Behaviour

  • Inappropriate Urine Marking

  • Fear Agression, Fear Biting

  • Nervous Restlessness


In Cats & Kittens

As in nuturecalm dog collar, the pheromone collar mimics the pheromone that the mother cat produces to calm and reassure her kittens. Cats recognize these pheromones throughout life.


Pheromones help cats to cope with:

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Visitors

  • Other household cats

  • Loud noises

  • New baby

  • Vet visits

  • Traveling

Both the cat and dog collar lasts up to 30 days.





Anxitane (L-Theanine) chewable  tablets for dogs and cats promote relaxation in pets exhibiting nervousness, anxiety or responding to enviromentally-induced stress. Anxitane tablets are clinically proven to reduce clinical signs associated with fear and anxiety. Anxitane tablets are Suntheanine, a pure and neurologically active L-Theanine in a chewable form.


Anxitane tablets are particularly useful for Long-term use in anxious pets.Anxitane should be used for atleast 60 days to ensure maximum results can be observed.


Situations where Anxitane tablets could help:

  • Fear on walks, fear of people, fear of other animals

  • Anxiety or stress associated with change in family situation or enviroment

  • Anxitane reduces anxiety and cohabitation problems in cats

  • Episodic fear (grooming, car travel, veterinary visits……)

  • Fear of noises ( Thunderstorms, fireworks….)

  • Decrease anxiety, making it easier for animals to learn

  • Helps keep pets calm and relaxed. Does not cause drowsiness (non-sedating).


How to recognize an anxious pet:

Often show signs of fear

  • Shakes, trembles, panting

  • Hides

  • Growls or barks while backing up

  • Salivates

Signs of anxiety

  • Easily startled

  • Licks one paw continuously

  • Panics whenever he/she goes outside

  • Anti-social

Minimum course of treatment 2 months. The majority of pets will respond by the second week.



Happy Cat


Is a nature-friendly herbal product that contains the root of a herb called Valerian, also known as cat’s love. Happy cat can help cats relax mentally and physically, adjust to change and ease stress-related behaviour and illness. Happy Cat also contains an attractant that cats like, making happy cat easy to use, and a great way to enrich a cat’s home enviroment and promote wellbeing.


Use Happy Cat:

To encourage relaxation during stressful times or change:

  • Visits to the vet

  • Loud noises

  • New home or family member

  • Travel by car or flying

  • Cattery stays

  • New neighbourhood cats

  • Cat shows

  • Builders in home, renovations

  • Cage rest after injury or surgery

  • Long term illness

To help ease anxiety & stress-related behaviours such as:

  • Inappropriate toileting

  • Aggressive Behaviour

  • Increased clawing

To help rellieve stress-related disease such as:

  • Skin comlaints ( over-grooming, allergies)

  • Digestive upsets ( poor appetite, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhoea)

  • Urinary upsets (cystitis)



Happy Hound


Is a herbal product, containing Valerian and Passionflower, that supports relaxation, mind and body, by supporting the action of Gaba, a chemical found naturally in the brain that is responsible for relaxing the nervous system.


Use Happy hound stressfree to help ease anxiety and promote relaxation during times of change, or challenging events or circumstances:

  • Travel

  • Visits to the vet

  • Dog training

  • Loud noises

  • New home

  • Kennel stays

  • Dog shows

  • Home renovations

  • Restricted exercise

  • Cage rest

Use Happy Hound stressfree to support dogs with stress-related behaviours or illness:

  • Anxiety

  • Phobias

  • Stereotypies (e.g. tail chasing)

  • Inappropriate toileting

  • Digestive upsets (poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea)

  • Skin complaints ( allergies)

  • Muscle tension

  • Hyperactivity




G.E. Nutricalm


Nutricalm was initially used in both dogs and cats as a pre-surgical calming agent as well as an anxiolytic for animals traumatised by fireworks and thunderstorms. Being a nutritious essential amino acid blend, Nutricalm takes effect within 20 minutes of ingestion and is effective for atleast 4 hours. Nutricalm can be used for all dogs, cats, exotic pets, horses and other large large animals.


Nutricalm can be used for:

  • Safety

Nutricalm is safe to use in dogs and cats that suffer from any medical disorder. It has been safely used in pregnant animals and in patients with heart, lung or kidney disease as well as in patients with various forms of cancer. Nutricalm is very safe to give to puppies and kittens.

  • Mild shock

This would include minor trauma such as dog or cat fights, accidents, falls, fright and other causes of injury.

  • Anxiety

Nutricalm is useful for treating most fforms of anxiety, worry or distressed patients.

  • Sleeplessness

Nutricalm can be used to help patients that are restless at night and do not sleep well or wake up easily at night and create a disturbance or pace the house.

  • Sound Phobias

The most important use of nutrcalm is helping patients that are traumatised by fireworks, thunderstorms, lightning or any other loud noises.

  • Eating disorders

Nutricalm can be used for patients that do not eat well because of stress or highly strung individuals with poor appetites.

  • Car and Air travel

Nutricalm has been used extensively for car and air travel both as a calming agent as well as an aid in preventing motion sickness.

  • Calming Agent ( General Nervousness)

Nutricalm can be used for general nervousness and anxiety in pets. Nutricalm is an effective calming agent in obsessive compulsive disorders, over excitement, irritability, agitation, distressed dogs and cats, uncontrollable dogs and cats, bad tempered dogs and cats.

  • Natural pain killer

Nutricalm can be used for minor events where pain is anticipated or has occurred, e.g. minor trauma, teething, pre-operatively or post –operatively. It can also be used for mild joint pain.

  • Behaviour Disorders

Aggression and excessive vocalisation in dogs. Spraying, roaming, fighting and excessive vocalisation in cats.

  • Senility

Nutricalm can be used in old dogs and cats where there is slow deterioration in mental and physical faculties, especially where there is anxiousness, irritability or sleeplessness involved.






This is an oral homoeopathic remedy for use in animals as an adjuvant for the relief of fear and nervousness in stressful situations.


It assists in the treatment of:

  • Anxiety

  • Fear of loud noises e.g. fireworks, thunder

  • Fear of travel  and travel sickness

  • Hyperactivity, Nervousness

  • Stress-Tension


Eco-fear can be used on:

  • Birds

  • Small mammals

  • Cats and dogs

  • Foals and small ponies

  • Horses




Earth Pets- Calming Blend


A unique formulation of special oils that will relax and calm hyperactive and hypersensitive dogs. Excellent for use during thunderstorms, fireworks or any stressful situations. Particularly useful on dogs that bark excessively. Works on average within 10 - 15 minutes after application.

It cannot be used on cats, pregnant and lactating bitches, and  puppies under 8 weeks



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