Passionflower For Dogs: What Are The Benefits?
What Is Passionflower Good For?
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Summary: In this blog, we learn all about passionflower for dogs! We’ll find out what passionflower is good for, how it can help your dog, and where to source passionflower from…
Passionflower: What Is It?
Passionflower (passiflora incarta) is a vine that can live for several years. It has bright, vibrantly purple flowers and has been touted for centuries by holistic health practitioners because of its medicinal properties; namely, its ability to relax and soothe anxious behavior and worry.
What Is Passionflower Good For?
Firstly, passionflower is completely safe to administer to your dog.
If your dog experiences things like separation anxiety, fear of attending the vet, car journeys, or is triggered by the noise emitted by fireworks or thunder, passionflower has been seen to raise levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. This acid can induce a calm and relaxed state. It can also keep levels of serotonin and dopamine higher in the body which are known as the “happy” hormones. This can then in turn improve your dog’s temperament and help boost their overall mood.
So, if you have an anxious or worried pup, a little bit of passionflower can help relieve them of these feelings and behaviors!
Small bouts of stress are healthy to experience by both dogs and humans.
But, by reducing the intense levels of stress the body experiences during periods of anxiety you can contribute to bettering their overall health. And, you can do this by introducing passionflower to your dog.
Normal, low-stress levels usually mean a less disturbed sleep pattern, more efficient digestion, and less irritability. This can then mean more positive interactions with your pooch, normal and regular bodily functions, and can generally support them in having a healthy and happy life with you!
Prevents Destructive Behavior
Dogs with separation anxiety (which is more common in younger pups and puppies who haven’t learned their owner comes back yet) can turn to destructive behavior and bad habits. As we good pet parents know, scolding our dogs will only makes matter worse and generate fear of us in our fur babies. So, passionflower may be a great route to take in saving your furniture and belongings whilst you go about your day if your dog struggles when you’re gone.
Passionflower Extract: Where Can I Find It?
You can source passionflower via liquid form which can be added to their food or water, but the amount given should be in accordance with their size and weight. You can also do the same with dried passionflower or passionflower leaves which can be sourced in most health stores.
However, the easiest way to administer passionflower to your pooch is through a targeted, specifically made calming treat formulated by a respected, reputable pet brand (like us!).
Doggy calming aids aim to work quickly to induce a calming effect on a pup’s nerves and can be very effective in helping to maintain a normal and relaxed disposition. These will also come with clear feeding guides and other supportive ingredients in the formula to help out your dog. Look for other calming items on the packaging’s ingredient list like ginger root powder, magnesium citrate, L-Tryptophan, and lemon balm powder.
As with any supplements, always consult with your vet first before you introduce passionflower to your pup, particularly if your dog takes regular prescribed medication for a long-term condition.
Passionflower should not be given to pregnant or lactating dogs.