By land or by sea or by air, traveling can be stressful!
Summer is the time for vacationing and catching up on some much needed R & R. However, traveling can cause some unwanted anxious behavior in dogs and cats should we decide to bring them along on our journeys. There are a number of safe and natural ways to help our four-legged friends enjoy vacationing as much we do.
I personally don’t leave home without my Aromadog Chill Out spray. My dog, Margaux, gets anxious on long car rides when I head back to Pittsburgh to visit with my folks (which incidentally is where I’ll be headed next week). Aromadog’s Chill Out contains Chamomile, Lavender, and Marjoram and it really does the trick for helping Margaux to relax on a car ride. These three herbs when used as aromatherapy can help with anxiety and make it easier for your pet to relax and catch some Zzzzz’s. They can even help with the nausea that some pets get from motion sickness – win, win! I spray the Chill Out about once every hour or as needed. For cats, check out the Aromacat Cat Nap.
I always take plenty of fresh water for my pooches when I travel. Some dogs like to drink a lot of water when they are experiencing stress so limit their water to avoid increasing their chances of vomiting during travel. When I fill up the bowl with water I add about 10 drops of Rescue Remedy. Rescue Remedy is a Bach Flower Remedy. Bach Flower Remedies are made from wild flowers and these remedies are particularly helpful in situations where there is an emotional imbalance – they can help to replace bad emotions with good. Rescue Remedy is terrific for airplane travel where you won’t be able to give your dog or cat a spritz of Chill Out or Cat Nap periodically (it is a good idea to spray the crate before your pet has to enter). The night before heading to the airport, add the water with Rescue Remedy into one of the bowls for the crate and put it in the freezer. This way they can have a longer time with access to the Rescue Remedy water.
Who doesn’t love to snack while traveling?
All of my dogs love NaturVet Natural’s Calming Aid soft chews. They contain Chamomile, Passion Flower, Thiamine, Ginger, and L-Tryptophan. Beyond travel, these treats are also great to use during thunderstorms and fireworks. I give these to my dogs 30 minutes before a car ride to help them relax.
I hope that these tips can help you and your furry friends to enjoy all of life’s adventures to their fullest!
peace, love, and plenty of tail wags~