Each of our dogs has their own fears and phobias. The biggest ones for Sheba are thunderstorms and wind, for Luke it is strangers, and for Cricket it is fireworks and riding in the car. We have tried thundershirts and anxiety wraps, ignoring it, comforting them, and pretty much anything else you can think of, other than drugs. I don’t like to turn to drugs unless we have to.
So when I found out a company we’ve been working with, PL360, had a natural anxiety relief formula, that sounded like something I wanted to try. Their cleaning and grooming products which we’ve reviewed are plant based, and they believe that natural is better when it comes to our pets’ health and wellness. They’ve worked with veterinarians and experts to come up with natural supplements that support healthy pets.
I had planned to try the supplements around the 4th of July with Cricket, but we got lucky and for the most part our neighborhood was quiet! But when I decided to take Cricket for a play date with her beagle cousins last weekend, I thought it would be great to try this product and see if it helped her when riding in the car. Most of our car rides are short to close places to walk or swim, but this hike was over a half hour drive away and I hate for her to be nervous that whole time. Stress isn’t good for any of us.
I gave her the pill with a snack about an hour and a half before we left. Normally we’ve barely gotten down the road and Cricket is nervously fidgeting, panting, shaking, and trying to climb into my lap. This time she quickly just lay down on the seat next to me! I felt her and could see she was shaking just a bit, and she was panting as well, but nothing like she normally does. She stayed lying down for almost the whole ride! She tried to get on the floor once or twice and I told her no, and she lay back down.
The other thing that happens when we take her places is that when we arrive at our destination she starts jumping around like her life depends on getting out of that car right now. She’ll often whine, cry, and even bark. This time she did get up like she wanted to get out, but she was not frantic and when I told her to stay, she did. I even got out of the car and did a couple of things and she stayed in there quietly watching me. Frankly, I was amazed.
I was surprised as well, to be honest, because after all our fails with other natural methods, I didn’t expect this to help. I also wondered if she was just having a good day for some reason. So one morning this week I took her in the car to drive to a different part of our rail trail for a jog. I didn’t give her the anxiety relief, and she acted just like she used to. You can see in the following photos how she looks nervous. She tried to climb in my lap before we even left our driveway. She wants to get on the floor, which is not allowed when we’re driving! (We weren’t moving in any of these photos…I could get arrested in my state for using my phone when driving, and wouldn’t anyway).
I am pleased with this product, and I feel now like I can take Cricket in the car more, and that the more she rides, the more comfortable she will hopefully get. It was difficult to want to take her places when I knew it was stressful for her, but now I know we can do better. Sheba doesn’t love riding either, but she just lies right down in the back and doesn’t move. But I’m going to give it to her for longer rides too. Next up: trying this with Luke when strangers come to the house to see if it relaxes him at all. I will report on how that goes once we’ve tried it.
I am including a photo of the back of the bottle so you can see all the ingredients for yourself; that it is not appropriate for dogs under 14 weeks of age, and other important information. Please read before deciding if this would be right for your pet (or even better check with your veterinarian).
By the way, these are chewable pills and Cricket took it with no problem. In fact, when I opened the bottle Luke came running too when he smelled them, and he wanted one!
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Disclaimer: We were provided with one bottle of Anxiety Relief by PL360 free of charge for our own use, and chose to write this review. Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products we believe will be of interest to our readers, and all reviews are our own honest opinions. PL360 is not responsible for the content of this article.