Travel and Anxiety for Your Pet

Travel and Anxiety for Your Pet

At the holidays, many pets travel to visit family, friends or to stay at boarding kennels.  Many dogs and cats feel anxious about spending even a short time in the car.   Others may need to board an airplane during the holidays.  Signs of anxiety in pets include vocalization, restlessness, and panting.

Lavender is a powerful and versatile essential oil.  Applying or diffusing lavender has been shown to inexpensively, safely and effectively reduce pet anxiety.  Simply rub 1-2 drops of lavender or calming blend of essential oils between your hands and pet your dog or cat (use 1 drop for cats).  You may also choose to diffuse lavender or calming blend in the home for 30-60 minutes prior to departure.  For long drives, a car diffuser is quite handy.  Depending on the length of travel and degree of anxiety, some pets may need reapplication of essential oil periodically.

Does your pet have a favorite blanket, bed or toy?  Place a few drops of  essential oil on the object to comfort your pet.  If you are boarding your pet with a boarding facility, family member or friend, see if they would allow you to bring a diffuser to calm your pet while you are away.

Mia Frezzo, DVM
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2006 Sep 15;229(6):964-7.

Dr, Frezzo is the owner of the Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights.  She makes house calls while constructing her new, start-of-the-art Hospital.  Call 201-288-7800 today.

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