Anxitane is a chewable tablet for pets to help manage anxiety.
Any animal that experiences frequent states of fear or anxiety is likely to be stressed and may be suffering.
Anxitane at a Glance:
1. Helps keep dogs and cat calm and relaxed
2. Clinically proven to reduce anxiety levels in dogs and cats
3. No known contraindications with other therapeutics
4. Palatable for dogs and cats
Primary Causes of Anxiety in Pets:
Inherited behavioral tendencies – nervousness and shyness are generally believed to be inherited traits.
Inadequate early environmental experiences – an animal that is not exposed to a variety of stimuli in a non-threatening manner during the first four months of life may be less likely to cope with the stimuli later in life.
Inadequate socialization – an animal that is not introduced to a variety of people and other animals during the first four months of life are more likely to be afraid when they encounter others as adults.
A learned aversion due to a particular experience – an unpleasant or aversive experience can lead to a lasting fear of that particular stimuli.
Medical or behavioral pathology – systematic illnesses can lead to anxiety. Chronic painful conditions and cognitive dysfunctions can also be associated with increased levels of anxiety.
OR any combination of the above
The Anxious Pet
The anxious animal is hyper-vigilant even in the absence of specific stimuli. They may act afraid or anxious, generally anticipating the “problem situations.” Animals with specific fears or phobias may show signs of a fear response to similar stimuli. For example, a fear of thunderstorms may cause a similar fear response to loud noises like fireworks. Anxiety and fear can be accompanied by physiological signs such as trembling, salivating, diarrhea, involuntary urination, and emptying anal glands. Some animals may use aggression to cope with fearful or stressful situations. The anxious animal may not be able to calm down until they are far from the frightening stimuli.
The earlier the intervention, the better the chance of successful treatment.
To initiate behavioral modification, the specific causes of anxiety need to be identified and eliminated where possible.
Desensitization and counter conditioning are methods of behavioral modification that may be used to change the animal’s response to the stimulus.
Desensitization – the process of making an animal less sensitive or reactive to a particular stimulus. This is done by presenting the stimulus that normally causes fear at such a low level that it does not cause the fear response. Over time, the level of the stimulus is increased until the animal can experience the full level of stimulus without the initial fearful response.
Counter conditioning – the process that helps an animal change a negative response to a stimulus by pairing the event with a powerful, opposite emotional response.
Combining desensitization and counter conditioning is an effective technique for reducing an animal’s fearful and anxious response to specific stimuli.
Medical intervention is necessary when the anxiety is too intense that behavioral modification is too difficult to apply. Medical intervention includes pheromones, psychotropic drugs, or nutraceuticals. The purpose of these are to raise the animal’s threshold for exhibiting anxiety and fear. This will ideally make it easier to apply behavioral modification techniques.
A nutraceutical is a food or dietary supplement that provides health benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value. Anxitane is a nutraceutical. It has been proven effective in clinical trials of anxious and fearful dogs and cats. Pet parents consider it a good first intention option because it is safe and not habit forming.
When to Use Anxitane
Anxitane should be considered a first intention product for treating dogs and cats with mild fear or anxiety-related behaviors. It can be used long-term, but it can also be used on an as-needed basis. For example, anxiety relief for travel and car rides.
Anxitane can be used in combination with several other anxiolytic products.
It is helpful for:
– fear of noise
– fear of travel
– fear of people
– hypervigilance or tenseness
– physical signs of anxiety like trembling, salivating, and mydriasis (dilation of the pupils)
– hiding and attention-seeking behavior
Suggested dosage, by animal and weight:
Cat – Anxitane S – ½ tablet twice daily
Dog under 22 lb. – Anxitane S – ½ tablet twice daily
Dog 22-55 lb. – Anxitane M-L – ½ tablet twice daily
Dog 55+ lb. – Anxitane M-L – 1 tablet twice daily
While results can be seen within the first month of treatment, allow 8 weeks to see maximum benefits.
At the end of two months, the intensity of anxiety is reduced by 60%, allowing the pet to participate more in behavioral modification and enhances clinical improvement. If the animal does not show improvement after 6-8 weeks, rarely will they show subsequent improvement without the addition of other medicine.
The active ingredient in Anxitane is Suntheanine, which is found naturally in green tea. Its calming properties have been recognized in China for thousands of years. It is proven effective and has no documented side effects. The palatability of the tablet makes administration easy and pleasant for the pet and the parent.
When Not to Use Anxitane
Anxitane does not seem to be effective for separation anxiety or cases where the dog is destructive when left alone.
Anxitane should not be used for anxious dogs showing signs of aggression. Reducing their fear may also reduce their inhibition and increase the chance for aggression.
Anxitane is currently available at The Hungry Puppy