Read This Before Giving Your Dog Rescue Remedy!

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Rescue Remedy alleviates stress and anxiety which makes this natural product attractive to dog owners.

But does it really work on animals? And is it safe?

Can I Give My Dog Rescue Remedy?You’ll be happy to hear that Rescue Remedy can be given.

At the same time, addressing the root causes for your dog’s anxiety or other behavioral problems (if possible) should be your goal.

While a few drops of Rescue Remedy usually works to calm down a canine, it’s best to avoid getting into a habit of using it regularly.

Dogs Can Take Rescue Remedy

It helps, at least in the short term, to ease angst.

The pet-formulated version of Rescue Remedy is recommended since it doesn’t contain potentially harmful alcohol.

Many dog owners provide the product for loud thunderstorms, fireworks or other types of loud noises. But your dog may also respond to Rescue Remedy when they need to take a car ride.

Yup! It really reduces most types of stress and anxiety.

Other Good Products

Besides Rescue Remedy, there are several excellent products that work to calm canines. There is a calming spray designed for dogs that gets great reviews.

Another option would be stress and anxiety relief calming drops (100% natural and made in the US).

So Rescue Remedy isn’t the only game in town for helping a nervous pet dog.

For Rescued Canines

Treating separation anxiety as well as shock and trauma from being mistreated is difficult.

Rescue Remedy can be a short-term solution for unfortunate rescued dogs, while techniques for improving stubborn behavioral issues progress. Think of Rescue Remedy as a useful tool but not a long term fix.

Bad behaviors like chewing on furniture, scraping of walls, constant barking, yanking on the leash, overactive jumping, constant biting or obsessive licking may improve when Rescue Remedy is administered.

If your dog is exhibiting any of these traits, it certainly can’t hurt to give this product a try.

Not an Actual Solution

Behavior issues can be reduced and even entirely controlled with proper dog training. That isn’t to say your dog’s anxiety is not very frustrating.

Most types of medications simply cover up problems.

At least Rescue Remedy, without the alcohol, isn’t dangerous for dogs. In fact, it is actually not even that sedative, which is great.

Consult With Your Vet

Speak with a vet whenever you add a new medication or substance to your dog’s life.

Who knows, they may recommend a better option than Rescue Remedy and also allay concerns you may be having.

Whatever you do, do not experiment! Some owners give their dogs human meds such as Xanax which is a really awful, reckless and dangerous idea.

The Bottom Line

You can give Rescue Remedy to your dog. It works well for stress and anxiety.

The pet-formulated version is better and safer because it’s designed and dosed for canines.

Remember that Rescue Remedy is not a long-term solution for your dog’s problems. Make it your goal to tackle the underlying issue(s)!

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35 thoughts on “Read This Before Giving Your Dog Rescue Remedy!”

  1. Is Rescue Remedy for people the same as rescue remedy for dogs? Can I give my 1 year old Shih Tzu a few drops for separation anxiety?

  2. Can I give my dog Rescue Remedy more than once a day?

  3. I have a 5 kilogram Yorkie who is with me 24/7. I need to go away for 5 days and cannot take him with me. He stresses when he’s not with me and makes himself sick. He is going to stay with a friend, but I still think I need to give him Rescue Remedy. Would 1 tablet in the morning for 5 days be okay for him or can I give him more?

  4. Wow! This stuff is great! I have a 5 year old rescued Portuguese Water Dog who is high strung (as her emotions can go from calm to crazy in just a few seconds). She’s just plain wild whenever she sees a rabbit or squirrel or hears a loud noise like thunder or firecrackers.

    I gave her 4 drops of Bach flower Rescue for dogs, just before the 4th of July, to help calm her before the fireworks and firecrackers went off. The first two rounds of firecrackers she was her crazy alarmed self. But, then she curled up by my feet and went to sleep. In fact, she slept right through the fireworks.

    She saw the sky exploding with colorful fireworks and just went to sleep! A local dog Whisperer used this and some dog owners describe her as a miracle worker! Now I know her secret!

  5. I have a 7 month old Pug that’s hyperactive. He is always charging around as though he was being chased. When we put him to bed he’s OK. But he is squealing and barking by early morning.

    I’m a 75 year old. I like to stay in bed until at least 10am. I was thinking of giving him a mild sedative to keep him sleepy a little longer. I would appreciate some advice on this matter.

    1. Try Benadryl. It’s OK to give to dogs.

  6. I have 2 Yorkies, one bigger than the other. We are relocating and have to do a 15 hour trip. I have the Bach Rescue Remedy for humans. Will it be safe to give them for the trip? How many drops can I give them? I’m very concerned that it will harm them.

    1. Anneliese says:

      My 4 Shelties had to travel on a plane from Malaysia to the UK. To stop them from getting stressed, I gave them a few drops of human rescue remedy every day (for 2 weeks) prior to flying. It worked!

      They were calm when they got off the plane. It was as if they had just been for a short car ride. It will not harm them. Just add a few drops to their water bowl every day, or give directly on the tongue.

      1. Rescue Remedy for humans contains alcohol. There is a Rescue Remedy for animals which is safer for dogs.

  7. I have an adult tablet. Is that okay to give my dog?

  8. Flora Charmayne Suiter says:

    My 14 year old Yorkie has bad collapsed Trachea. I have been giving her Rescue Remedy a couple times a day and it seems to calm her cough down. Is this safe to do every day? I was giving her Benadryl, but stopped a few days ago.

    She seems to do better with the Rescue Remedy in the morning and at bedtime. Otherwise, I have to get up with her at least 3 times every night. She restless and doesn’t know what to do with herself. She also has bad cataracts.

    Last night no Benadryl – just the RR and she only got up one time. So, I would like to give this to her daily if it is safe.

  9. Is there a difference between the human version and the pet version? I have the human product and would like to give to my 30 pound Fox Terrier. Also, what would the dosage be?

    1. The difference between the human and dog version is that the human version contains alcohol, which is toxic to pets.

    2. I have the human Rescue Remedy. My Mollie is a 9 year old Shih Tzu who suffers with seizures and fear of thunder. I give her 4 drops and it works really well over a period of a day. I give maybe two to three doses and it definitely calms her down.

  10. My rescue dog, who is now 2, hates traveling by car. She trembles, is sick, and hates every moment. I have tried everything and nothing works. How long in advance of a trip should I be using Rescue Remedy? Is it effective almost immediately? Is there any other way of giving it apart from in the water bowl?

  11. My Bull Terrier is 11 months old and very big for his age. He has the tendency to get very excited and then he will start jumping onto us while he nibs us in the back. It’s very difficult to stop him while he is doing it and at this point we can’t let small kids around him because he is just so big.

    We are afraid he will bite them in the face. We are desperate for help because if this does not stop we will have to think of other options, before he really bites someone.

    1. Keep treats in your pocket at all times. When your dog starts exhibiting this type of excited behavior, give him treats to distract him. The idea is he will begin associating good behavior with something good to eat.

    2. Only give treats when he behaves and not to distract him. Bull Terriers can be excitable and, as they are big, can cause damage unwittingly. I hope the other options you describe does not involve putting another poor animal in a shelter.

    3. You need to hire a good trainer!

  12. My daughter has an 8 year old Staffie but he’s had health problems. He is also stressing when he’s left alone. Just recently, when they leave him with me, he cries all the time and won’t settle down. Any ideas?

    1. I give my dog something called Calm. You can order online or from a good dog health store. It helps when my dog hears thunder. Also, try a Kong toy that you can fill with peanut butter or something he likes. Freezing it might keep him busy a while. And try going out for very short periods, 10 to 20 minutes, working up to longer periods. I hope this helps!

    2. What diet is the dog on? Diet plays a huge roll in the behavior of our pets. If your daughter is feeding processed food, then I’d suggest to remove it. I’ve known this to fix a lot of health and behavior problems.

  13. My rescued 9 year old female Chihuahua attempts to bite and growls at me and my boyfriend when we put on and take off her harness. I only have her two days. She also has separation anxiety.

    I have another Chihuahua. So far they have no problems with each other. I’m hoping they can be friends, which is the reason why I got the second dog.

    I thought it’d be a good idea to get a rescue. Now I’m regretting it because life was perfect with my original Chihuahua named Sophia. Any advice?

    1. It’s hard isn’t it? I have a Yorkie that is 9 years old and we decided to get another Yorkie, a 3 year old female, for company for him. The people lied about our new dog which has made it hard for us. She likes to leave us a treat if we go out so we assume this is separation anxiety. She also doesn’t like other dogs or cats but has no choice but to get along with our dog. All of this was not told to us and I did think I could rehome her but we’ve gotten too attached so couldn’t go through with it.

      To top it off our lovely no problem 9 year old is losing his hair and has been drinking too much. I took him to the vet. He has had blood tests and his urine checked which shows a slight infection but nothing worrying. This doesn’t explain his hair loss. We can only put that down to stress! We feel so bad for getting another dog. As recommended by the vet, we are going to use Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) collars. I’m also going to try some Rescue Remedy for him to see if this helps at all. Please let me know how it goes.

      1. Have your vet check his thyroid because that is most likely his issue.

      2. If it’s come back as an infection, yes, hair will fall out. What diet is he on? Get the dog off processed food and feed them some real food, preferably a natural raw diet.

        1. A balanced kibble is better than unbalanced “raw” any day.

          1. Karen Mitchell says:

            Well, I guess it all boils down to how lazy people are and how much they care for the well being of their dogs. 99.9% of kibble is not balanced.

  14. My Beagle has seizures and is currently taking Phenobarbital. He also has severe separation anxiety. I was looking for something to quiet him down and possibly help with the seizures. I found several websites that mentioned Rescue Remedy and bought some. I didn’t even know to look for a label with a paw print.

    It did work to calm him, but now realize that I gave my dog Rescue Remedy with alcohol. Should I take him to the vet or will he be okay? I will not give him any more until I receive the right stuff in the mail. He seemed okay this morning, but now I am worried about the possible effects of the alcohol.

    1. How is your Beagle doing? My 14 year old started Phenobarbital a month ago, but her anxiety over food is troubling. I was informed that Phenobarbital affects the part of the brain that makes dogs feel satiated, they often think they’re starving. She pants and circles looking for food. I am thinking of trying Rescue Remedy.

  15. Is Rescue Remedy for people the same as rescue remedy for dogs? Can I give my 1 year old Shih Tzu a few drops for separation anxiety?

    1. Rescue remedy sells a pet version which has a paw print next to the title. I used it on my horses, dogs and cat with no ill effects. I place a couple drops in their water and also put some on the back of the neck.

  16. My dog has Aortic Stenosis. Is there something natural I can give her to stabilize her blood pressure and calm her during cough attacks?

    1. If she’s having problems with cough and BP, I’d suggest you try the traditional drugs. You could try a herbal calming agent though, might help you too.

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