Well what are these drugs? They’re known sedatives right? Prescribed for things like stress/anxiety , epilepsy, muscle relaxants etc… serious drugs!
Why would they give these to dogs? Well believe it or not, it’s actually becoming more common, allot of dogs are developing things like separation anxiety and end up barking the house down while owners are at work, or they lose their minds at certain times of the year , bonfire night or new year’s eve come to mind! So owners are seeking vet guidance and these drugs are usually prescribed to help “take the edge off” .
Now I’ve been looking into natural alternatives, but in order to do that you need to understand how the drugs work, so these drugs are a derivative of Benzodiazepine!
Benzodiazepine’s enhance the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at the GABAA receptor, resulting in sedative, hypnotic (sleep-inducing), anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxant properties.
Gamma-aminobutyric Acid is produced by the microbiome , it acts a the aforementioned neurotransmitter and an endocrine mediator which influences GI function. (Gastrointestinal).
So what properties of foods help to promote GABA? Well I’ve stumbled across one element and that’s Flavonoids, flavonoids help to create GABA and help the brains GABAa receptors, do their job.
So what foods contain these wonderful properties? Wel I’ll give you one, BlueBerries! BlueBerries are perfect examples as dogs naturally self select blueberries in the wild! Now as a dog eats blueberries, it’s helping to support the microbiomes GABA production too, which helps the neurotransmitters shoot off to the brain and be utilised by the receptors, this is what gives you your desired effects!
Another example and a great one would be fermented veggies, such as sauerkraut! This gives you GABA support and probiotic support too! It’s a win win!
Other things that can improve GABA and that’s minerals such as Magnesium and Zinc, both plan an important part of GABA production.
Are there any other neurotransmitters that can help? Of course and they are and sources of:
Serotonin- Eggs, Fish and Turkey
Dopamine- Berries, Eggs , Fish and Aged Cheeses
Now there’s many Natural foods that can eventually give you the same results as Diazapam, it’s important to understand that Natural foods are about patience, understanding and balance, this will take longer to remedy but less side effects as they help to heal you from within!
Full diet assessment required to give an accurate answer as to find out what’s going on and how your dogs are so stressed.
In respect of their muscle relaxant properties etc, there’s no natural “food” in the world that can give such a potent effect, I’d definitely go down the herbal root and I don’t have the knowledge or Qualifications to express an option for this on a tailored basis but CBD oils have become popular for pain management, many have gone down this with great success and for some it’s not made a difference, I’d definitely consult with a homeopathic Veterinarian/Herbologist that’s studied within the canine anatomy.
Disclaimer: This isn’t to replace Veterinary advice given nor to be used as such.