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four-legged pack, during hectic holidays and to decrease boarding stress. A similar supplement is a protein found in tea called L-Theanine. Available in supplement form, theanine has been shown to ease nervousness and anxiety in dogs and cats. Most pets require steady dosing for four to six weeks to determine if these natural remedies will help. Don’t forget, the brain needs exercise, too! An enriched, stimulating and varied home environment is vital for a healthy pet psyche. Start to look at your home from your pet’s perspective. Our animals evolved from roaming, hunting and hiding origins to confinement within four walls and often limited outdoor space. Your pet’s home needs to be exciting, engaging and inventive to satisfy their natural instincts! Put all of your pet’s toys away and only allow him access to a few at a time — then swap them for different ones every two to three days. Make meal times fun using food puzzles or by changing feeding locations every month or two. In some cases, it’s as easy as leaving out an empty box for your cat. Just keep it fresh and interesting. Our pets desperately desire mental stimulation to stay centered and grounded. That’s the least we can do to repay them for the love they offer. Helping pets face fears, anxiety or other emotional challenges requires a good plan, so ask your veterinarian about natural treatments to try, and stick with your furry friend through the ups and downs. At the end of your journey through using alternative techniques to help soothe stress, you’ll hopefully find a happier, healthier pet — and that is a big win for everyone! finish line! no place like home Ask your veterinarian about natural treatments to try, and stick with your furry friend through the ups and downs. the shiny happy pets issue 51


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