Pet Naturals of Vermont – Calming Support for Medium & Large Dogs Soft Chews Chicken Liver Flavored – 21 Chewables

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Pet Naturals of Vermont - Calming Support for Medium & Large Dogs Soft Chews Chicken Liver Flavored - 21 Chewables

  • Calming formula is recommended for pets exposed to increased environmental stressors.
  • Supports stress reduction
  • Helps animals relax and quiet down
  • Reduces irritability
  • Reduces anxiety

Calming formula is recommended for pets exposed to increased environmental stressors. When pets can’t adapt to stress it can lead to nervousness, hyperactivity, excess barking, abnormal urine marking, excessive scratching, and destructive or aggressive behavior. Calming helps alleviate stress related behavior problems without affecting your pet’s personality or energy level. It can be used daily or when extra help to relax is needed. It contains a combination of factors not found in other calming formulas such as a Colostrum Calming Complex, L Theanine, and Thiamine (Vitamin B1) which all address stress and calming. Colostrum Calming Complex is isolated from colostrum proteins which have a calming effect on animals. These bioactive proteins have been found to support cognitive functioning and support stress reduction. The Colostrum Calming Complex works synergistically with the L Theanine in this formula to promote relaxation and cognition. L Theanine supports calming and relax

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3 Responses to “Pet Naturals of Vermont – Calming Support for Medium & Large Dogs Soft Chews Chicken Liver Flavored – 21 Chewables”
  1. C. Young "lvl 7 nerd" says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    works well, June 23, 2011
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    C. Young “lvl 7 nerd” (Oregon) –
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    This review is from: Pet Naturals of Vermont – Calming Support for Medium & Large Dogs Soft Chews Chicken Liver Flavored – 21 Chewables (Misc.)

    Bought these for my 3 year old, 90lb chocolate lab (field breed, not english breed… aka the super crazy labs). Had to leave her unattended in a friend’s house while we went out to a soccer game, and have used them SPARINGLY when we visit friends and she needs to be mellow for a few hours (despite walking her, playing fetch and dog parks, she will still jump around and get into everything).

    When she eats them, she tends to be very mellow and more likely to nap than whine, bounce around, or otherwise get into everything. I would give this 5 stars, but I really dislike the idea of medicating a dog for its natural behavior/energy/curiosity on a regular basis. She is a lab – they have a ton of energy naturally. Also – beware the energy spike when these wear off. Your dog will want extra attention/exercise when these wear off.

    But if you need a mellow dog in a pinch (leaving them unattended in a strange place, visiting dog-shy relatives or friends, these will work. Just follow the directions on the bag and don’t give them too much.

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  2. Larry Deemer says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    IT WORKS–NATURALLY, November 5, 2011
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    Larry Deemer (Spokane, WA) –
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    This review is from: Pet Naturals of Vermont – Calming Support for Medium & Large Dogs Soft Chews Chicken Liver Flavored – 21 Chewables (Misc.)

    This is one of four calming products from Pet Naturals with the same dosage ratio of key ingredients per ten pounds of pet weight: only the size of the soft chew varies in three and the fourth is a liquid. ALL WORK BEAUTIFULLY on our four pets and better than the compounded (& expensive) drug amytryptalline (sp?) prescribed by our vet. The liquid may have a convenience advantage, especially for pets whose weight falls in between the listed weight categories. The liquid is more expensive, however, and would have to sell for about $14 to equal the serving cost of the larger chews. Most economical is the product for medium-to-large dogs ($6-$7 for 21 chews) but requires slicing the chews into smaller bits (completely doable, by the way) for pets under about 40 pounds to get portion sizes to match the manufacturer’s recommended dosage. I surmise that the manufacturer’s recommendation is based on the worst-case scenario (sensitive pet and acute stressful situation). For less taxing situations/pets it would be entirely reasonable to begin with a milder dose (say half or even a fourth) and work up to an effective level. We have four 10-pound pets, two of which have aggression issues: one out of jealousy and the other defensiveness; the third is skittish and over-excitable; the fourth (the mom-cat) is generally cool but gets a little frayed by the others’ behaviors. I slice the larger chews into about 20 bits and add a bit to each of two protagonists’ three daily meals. This gives me about 7 dosage-days per cat per chew rather than 4 days at the recommended level.

    SPECIAL NOTE ON DOSAGES: See my review of either RENAFOOD or RENAL ESSENTIALS for more information on the RELIABILITY (including label dosages) of supplement products.

    This smaller dosage regimen seems to work just fine for these behavior issues for these pets. I may try reducing the dosage even further after the two antagonists have achieved a noticeable attitude adjustment. The product does seem to work better on the jealous/aggressive pet better than on the defensive one. I had noticed this same phenomenon with my DIY herb mixtures (chamomile, peppermint, fennel, ginger, etc.). They seemed to have more effect on the pet with genetic/developmental aggression than on the one with learned/protectionist aggression. The Pet Naturals formula, however, works noticeably better on both pets than my homemade concoctions ever did (Well, just as good and it tastes worlds better, say the pets). ONE NEGATIVE: The liquid is 3.8 oz not 4 oz. as advertised. Small but unnecessary discrepancy. MORE POSITIVES: the pets LOVE the product; it is non-addictive; and (naturally!) natural. The only time it is not effective in calming the pets is after they get a good whiff of the stuff and before you can give it to them. During this interval, THEY GO ABSOLUTELY NUTS. And STAY NUTS until the aroma (and product) is out of range of their senses. IRONIC, huh!! According to the people at Pet Naturals the product has no dependency issues and the ingredients are completely “natural”. The colostrum is the bovine variety and said to be hormone free. I did not ask (I did not WANT to know) how they harvested this natural colostrum. Also per Pet Naturals, the calming effect takes about 30 minutes to engage and lasts about 4-6 hours. Again, I suspect this is based on the more intense end of the stress/anxiety spectrum. In our case, the “bits” of reduced dosage last from meal to meal, which is at least 8 hours (and sometimes a little longer–I know, the pets think we are irresponsible too!). We have only had one bad fight since starting the regimen about two weeks ago and it was CAUSED BY the product!! (retraction later). We were comparing products with the pets in the same room (same bed!) and our jealous one got a whiff. She got very excited and persisted in pursuing the aroma thru the closed containers. This apparently broke the calming power of her meal “bits” and within a half hour she ambushed her favorite target sibling viciously (well, it sounded vicious). So WE were the CAUSE of this attack, NOT the Pet Naturals. Had we given our keen-sensed one another small “bit” (and put the stuff away quicker) she probably would have settled back down and resumed her repose. CUSTOMER SERVICE at Pet Naturals deserves accolades as well. I spoke to two reps there (one actually in sales) and both were just EXCELLENT; probably the best customer service experience I have had that I can remember (should I mention my memory loss problem?). They actually sounded like they were enjoying helping and they actually did with their knowledge of the product and with actual experience in using the product. For instance, they knew the “user satisfaction” level that the product designers shoot for: namely a minimum of 80% and that their products typically achieve a 90% user (pet) acceptance level. In our case, it is 100% (& possibly 110%). I am also testing the liquid formula…

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  3. MKA says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It worked for my dog, May 2, 2012
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    This review is from: Pet Naturals of Vermont – Calming Support for Medium & Large Dogs Soft Chews Chicken Liver Flavored – 21 Chewables (Misc.)

    I always felt sorry for my poor dog every time there was a thunder storm. She would shake and pace and pant no matter what we did to calm her. She would stay up practically all night in fear. We tried prescription anti-anxiety meds but for some strange reason, it almost had the opposite effect on her. We tried an anti-anxiety wrap and even though it seemed to take the edge off her fear, it didn’t really calm her enough to fall asleep at night. I have to say this product worked better than anything else we have tried. She still shakes a little but at least it stopped her from pacing and she can get some rest during the night now. We plan to continue to use this whenever there is a storm in our area. We also plan to use it during longer car rides. We signed up to receive this product monthly from Amazon so it’s at a great price.

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