Although the physical well-being of our pets is essential, it is also important that they maintain good mental health and emotional well-being.
It may not seem like it, but dogs can also suffer from disorders, fears and anxiety (just like people) and that is why we must be aware of all those signs that show us when our dog may be suffering from a problem.
It is true that our pets can feel a little lonely and sad at certain times of the day or week (for example, when we go to work and they have to stay alone for several hours), this state of mind can become something more serious if not addressed properly, such as separation anxiety and unwanted behaviors (destructive activity, uncontrolled barking, defecation, aggression, etc.).
The mental disorders that our pets can suffer from are:
– Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
– Different types of phobias and fears
– Post-traumatic stress disorder
Disorders related to mood are more difficult to detect as they do not show behaviors as marked as, for example, in the case of OCD, and we should know a bit about canine psychology to detect and address them.
There are several situations that can make a dog to suffer for example from anxiety. One of the most common is exposure to loud noises such as fireworks or any noise from the street (although at first, they may seem as a simple fear, prolonged exposure to these noises could lead to disorders such as anxiety and extreme fear).
That is why, if you detect any type of mental disorder that is different to the usual and desired one, you should take action and, if necessary, ask advise to a dog trainer or ethologist who will treat it in more depth and help you understand the mind of your dog better.
One of the natural products that help balance the state of mind is St. John’s wort, known for its benefits to balance mood and increase calmness in people and pets alike.
Some studies suggest that the antidepressant effect of hypericum extracts may be due to the fact that it inhibits the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. This effect is most likely exerted by a component called hyperforin.
St. John’s wort (or Hypericum) is a well-known plant used in traditional natural medicine and is widely used to provide serenity and calmness in periods of stress and anxiety.
In Mooiza you can find a product that has this valuable component and that is more than indicated to maintain an optimal and calm state of mind in dogs.
This is Mooiza zen which, together with other natural ingredients such as valerian and hemp flour, helps to alleviate the stress and anxiety of dogs and give them extra peace of mind in a natural way.