When something is “off” with our pets, we always hope for a rapid solution that is as easy as giving a magic pill to make them better. The truth is, veterinary medicine has proven that there are situations where medication can provide a noticeable benefit to treat our pets’ ailments – including their behavior problems. Even so, it can sometimes be difficult to balance the advantages of medications with their side-effects, long term impact on the body, or even the challenge of getting our pets to take their medications daily.
That is why we were so excited to try the new supplement, Zylkene. This supplement can be used in an incredibly diverse population of our patients, and contains a natural product, derived from casein, a protein in milk. This protein has been known to cause relaxation, and in our canine and feline patients has provided a noticeable benefit for treatment in a wide variety of conditions.
Patients on Zylkene are reported overall by their pet parents as just being “happier.” Dr. Pachel has prescribed it to patients whose conditions run the gamut between anxiety, fear, distress, noise phobias, and aggression. It has been helpful in both dogs and cats, and is incredibly safe for most patients to try. (Patients with dairy allergies may react negatively to this product, but it is lactose free so lactose intolerance is not an issue). It is also incredibly easy to give – the pull-apart capsules contain a flavorless powder easily mixed into a pet’s food and tolerated well.
As it turns out, there may actually be a magic “happy pill” for pets. If you are interested in trying Zylkene for your pet, it is currently only available through your veterinarian – Dr. Pachel included. Please let us know if your dog or cat is a patient with us and you are interested in seeing what benefits it could provide for your pet. You can also learn more about the product by visiting its manufacturer, Vétoquinol’s, website.
Local pet advocates Enid Traisman and Rachel Bow have put together Portland’s first Difficult Pet Support Group, which we are very happy to hear is finally getting off the ground. We understand how frustrating and exhausting it can be as the guardian of a difficult pet, and this group provides a unique opportunity to connect with others in the Portland community who really understand the challenges you face living with and caring for such a pet. The Difficult Pet Support Group is dedicated to supporting you in managing and honoring your bond, no matter how delicate or difficult.
The first group meeting will be held on Monday, June 30th, at 7:00pm in the Dove Lewis Board Room (1945 NW Pettygrove St, Portland, OR 97209).
More information on the group can be found at their website:
The Animal Behavior Clinic is not directly involved in organizing the group, but the group’s founders – Enid and Rachel – are both incredibly compassionate, amazing people and come with a strong recommendation from Dr. Pachel and the rest of us at ABC. We hope this new resource will be able to make a positive impact in the lives of people and animals living together with behavior challenges, as we all learn to cope and strengthen our relationships together through the ups and downs of these journeys.
It is easy to say that a barking dog is “reactive” or “excited” and that a quiet dog is “calm” or “relaxed,” but do these words really work to describe the emotional state occurring in a dog exhibiting those behaviors? In her latest blog entry, Eileen Anderson discusses the oxymoron of “calm submissive” behaviors in dogs, and how important reading body language is to identify how canine emotional reactions and physical ones may not always match up in the way we sometimes think about these concepts.
The full entry is located here: http://eileenanddogs.com/2013/08/12/calm-submissive/