Passionflower is a perennial vine with vibrant purple flowers. It is best known for its natural calming properties. This purple flower has been used for medicinal purposes for many years and is completely safe for dogs. If your dog suffers from anxiety, this is a natural remedy to ease their symptoms.
Passionflower and Anxiety Relief
Most commonly used for relieving anxiety, passionflower can work wonders for your dog. It raises levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. This will lower certain brain cell activity, putting the body in a calm and relaxed state. Passionflower also keeps levels of serotonin and dopamine high in the body. High levels of these neurotransmitters can increase your dog's mood and improve their temperament.
People often use passionflower if their dog suffers from separation anxiety in particular. Pet owners will give their dog passionflower before they have to leave them alone. It has even been used as a stress reliever before surgery. It can work just as well as other medications given in pre-op.
How To UsePassionflower is easy to administer and can be used in a few different ways:
- In a Calming Treat: The Pet Gourmet’s all-natural calming support treats are specifically formulated to help relieve dog's anxiety and are made with passionflower. This is an easy way to give your dog the benefits of passionflower. Get more details or order online today.
- Fresh Leaves: The leaves of the flower can be added into your dog's food or put into dog treats. Thoroughly wash them in cold water before feeding to your dog.
- Dried Passionflower: Typically this is given in a small amount, according to your dog's weight. It can be mixed into their normal food.
- Passionflower Tea: Let the herb steep in boiling water to make a calming tea. Make sure it is cooled completely before giving to your dog.
- Liquid Passionflower: This typically comes in the form of a dropper. Based on your dog's weight, add drops into food or water. It can even be dropped directly into your dog's mouth if they let you.
Just like with any other supplements, you should always consult with your vet first. Passionflower should not be used if your dog is taking any medication for their nervous system. It also can stimulate the uterus and isn’t compatible with dogs that are pregnant.