This month at Essendon a new medication has become available for cats and dogs that are experiencing forms of anxiety or stress. It is a natural calming supplement called Zylkene. It comes in the form of capsules or chews and is easy for owners to administer, either by sprinkling contents on food, as a whole capsule/chew or by dissolving contents in water.
Zylkene was launched in April 2008 in the United Kingdom and has since become a ‘go to’ product for veterinary practices and animal behaviour specialists around the world. Each capsule and chew contain the natural milk protein called ‘casein’, which is known to promote relaxation in new-borns after breastfeeding. Zylkene has little to no side effects and can be given to patients of all ages, including those cats and dogs who are nursing and weaning kittens and puppies.
With the festive season among us, your cat or dog might experience some form of anxiety or stress. Common behaviours that are associated with anxiety and stress in your pet include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Altered social interactions
- Changed posture
- Inappropriate toileting
- Withdrawal behaviours
- Weight change
- Excessive vocalisation
If you think that your pet might experience heightened levels of anxiety or stress during this festive season and that Zylkene could assist them, please contact our clinic to organise an appointment with one of our lovely vets.