Hello people, Mouse here.
I should have known better, when the Staff put on my party collar and lead, and took me into town. I should have guessed, when Mum led me around the corner instead of towards My favourite table at the café. The minute we entered the carpark at the V.E.T. (aka the Gates of Hell), I caught the smell and kept trying to turn us around. Too late. I was in, on the scales to be weighed, and then it was time to hurry up and wait.
Now, normally, this is when I start to get seriously stressed. I drool, I pant, I pace, and my heart goes into overdrive. Today… not so much. Mum had given me something a tiny bit funny-tasting just before we came out. I felt… calmer than usual. Yes, I panted a bit, yes, my heart was beating fast, but I wasn’t drooling or trying to beat down the door, and the other doggos there weren’t bothering me nearly so much.
I stood still for my C5, Lepto and Heartworm shots. I took the other stuff in the oral syringe like a champ. It was all strangely OK. I was a Good Boy.
Mum says I have to tell you about the stuff she gave me, since it does seem to have helped me a fair bit. She says she was prepared to dismiss it all as a bit woo-woo, but the evidence is pretty convincing in its favour.
So, let’s hear it for Martin & Pleasance Rest & Quiet Calm Formula, based on Bach floral remedies. Let’s say it’s like Rescue Remedy formulated for doggos, without the alcohol. 4 drops given either orally or in the water bowl. Drops straight in the mouth is a bit yuck but works fast, and I didn’t notice it at all in my water.
It helps to calm and soothe. Vet visits, thunderstorms, fireworks, car trips, noisy environments, strange places, that stuff. Worked for me, and what stress I did suffer resolved more quickly than usual as well. I was able to enjoy a puppacino afterwards, have a (very) large snack and a big drink of water, and now I’m retiring for a big snooze.
Tolly chillaxed, man.