I contacted Pet Remedy via their website asking about travel anxiety that Saber experiences when in the car.
I received a very swift reply with the offer of some free samples, to try with Saber. The free samples were the items listed below, much more than I expected.
Pet Remedy Calming Spray
Calming Spray 15ml
Pet Remedy calming spray is water based and pH neutral. Use for travel and in the home.
Spray on pet bedding, bandana, or even a little on your fingers and gently rub around muzzle, under chin, and top of chest!
You only need a couple of sprays and this will last between 2 and 6 hours depending on the individual pet.
For bonding rabbits, spray a little on a damp cloth or fingers and gently rub around muzzles of rabbits. This helps with scent swapping as well as calming, which in turn helps speed up the bonding process. This same procedure can be used for bonding other pets such as dogs, cats, rodents, and horses.
As a rule, best not to spray directly on a pet. This avoids any association of the spray with the stressful situation.
Avoid spraying in the proximity of small mammals and birds as they have small lung capacity. Best to spray a little on a cloth and then place the cloth near them.
When out walking or training an anxious dog, spray a little on a bandana or spray a little on a damp` cloth or your fingers and gently rub around the muzzle and top of chest. Same applies for horses.
You can even spray a little on your trouser leg and bring the dog to heel to take in the actives!
Pet Remedy Calming Wipes
Individual Calming Wipes
Use the eco-friendly wipe in the same way as you would with the calming spray by gentle rubbing around muzzle, under chin and top of chest of your pet (including horses!).
Or you can rub on your fingers before handling an anxious pet.
It can be used to wipe down surfaces such as an examination or grooming bench top.
You can also tie to a cat basket when travelling to vet or place on bedding in home and car!
Did It Work For Saber?
The short answer is no, but having said that I have tried many calming products on him that haven’t worked either. The contents are as follows below, This is taken directly from the pet remedy website
How Pet Remedy works
- Pet Remedy works with the pet’s own natural calming mechanisms by mimicking GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) which is a natural calming agent present in all mammals, reptiles, and birds.
- So when a pet becomes stressed or anxious the Pet Remedy actives help trick red-up nerve cells into thinking they are getting a message from the brain to calm. This is why it starts to help instantly.
Explained by Dr. Flo Watt MRCPsych (Consultant Psychiatrist)
- The formulation is predominantly Valerian oil based (from Eastern Europe), with small inclusions of Vetiver (from Indonesia), Sweet Basil, (from Europe), and Clary Sage (from France) essential oils.
- Many Valerian preparations are too potent and can sedate rather than calm. Pet Remedy is low concentration and the diffuser delivers a constant slow release, which is very kind and gentle in its effect on the metabolism. Likewise for the calming sprays and wipes which are water based.
Valerian absolute oil
- Valerian is a perennial herb with short rhizomes, aromatic feathery leaves and clusters of small pink or white owers.
- There are over 260 different species of Valerian worldwide but only a few have calming properties and we obtain optimum results for Pet Remedy from Valeriana Of cinalis.
- This species is native to Europe, North America, and the northern part of Asia.
- Valerian absolute oil is obtained by cold extraction from the rhizomes of the plant, Valeriana Of cinalis, and has been used for centuries as an effective and safe calming agent.
- Known compounds detected in valerian that may contribute to its method of action are:Sesquiterpenes: (contained in the volatile oil): isovaleric acid, valerenic acid,valerenal, and valerenol
Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA)
Iridoids: including valepotriates: isovaltrate and valtrate
Alkaloids: actinidine, chatinine, shyanthine, valerianine, and valerine
Isovaleramide: may be created in the extraction process
Flavanones: hesperidin, 6-methylapigenin, and linarin.
- We source our absolute oil from Europe where our valerian plants are grown organically using only pig manure as fertiliser.
Other essential oils used in the pet remedy formulation
Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) is a tough, aromatic grass and the essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the roots of this grass which belongs to the same botanical family as lemongrass, citronella and palmarosa. This plant has been appreciated for its calming properties since records began.
It is extracted from the washed, chopped, dried and soaked roots and rootlets by steam distillation The aroma is very earthy. The main chemical components are benzoic acid, vetiverol, furfurol, a and b-vetivone, vetivene and vetivenyl vetivenate. We source Vetiver from Haiti and Java.
Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an aromatic herb with lush green leaves. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and the owering tops. Sweet Basil essential oil has various chemical compounds that include a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, cis-ocimene, camphor, linalool, methyl chavicol, y-terpineol, citronellol, geraniol, methyl cinnamate and eugenol. It is commonly used in aromatherapy for its calming effect. We source Sweet Basil from Europe and Egypt.
Clary Sage (Salvia Sclaria) is a biennial herb, native to the Mediterranean and parts of Europe. Clary Sage Essential Oil is extracted by steam distillation of the buds and leaves from the Clary Sage plant. This herb has been highly praised as a medicinal plant throughout history, particularly in respect of its calming properties. Known chemical compounds present in Clary Sage essential oil includes esters, sesquiterpenes, di-terpenes, and monoterpenes. We source our Clary Sage essential oil from France.
So as can be seen in the ingredients it is all natural and holistic. Having tried and failed with Saber most of the oils and contents of Pet Remedy individualy I had high hopes that the mixture of all these things would have an effect on him and alleviate his travel anxiety.
Unfortunately this means it’s back to the drawing board for Saber, I may have to resort to getting a prescription calming aid for him from the vets.
Your mileage may vary let me know what calming aids you have used that worked for your pet. Have you used Pet Remedy? I would love to hear from you.