Valerian Root for Dogs: Is It Safe?

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Valerian Root for Dogs: Is It Safe? - Silver Lining Herbs

Why use valerian root for your dog? Valerian root is an herb that has been around and used for medical purposes for a very long time. Valerian root is an herb that may help improve sleep, promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.

If your dog deals with stress or anxiety, valerian root may help in reducing their stress level. You may be asking yourself how? Well, recently valerian has been receiving a lot of attention for interaction with gamma-aminobutric acid (GABA).

GABA is thought to help regulate nerve impulses in the brain and nervous system. This is what has to say about valerian and GABA.

“Valerenic acid has been found to inhibit the breakdown of GABA in the brain, resulting in feelings of calmness and tranquility. This is the same way popular anti-anxiety medications work. Valerian root also contains the antioxidants hesperidin and linarin, which appear to have sedative and sleep-enhancing properties.”

Does Silver Lining use Valerian Root in Our Dog Product?

You bet. Number #20 Keep Cool for Dogs has valerian root in it. Keep Cool is formulated to help support a normal, stress free attitude in your dog. Too much emotional stress may lead to other health issues in your dog. Dog emotional stress can be manifested through nervousness, excessive whining, separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, fearfulness, aggression or excessive distractedness in dogs.

As stated in our blog titled 4 calming herbs to help support your dog. We use valerian root in our dog product because it may help to produce a “calming effect to aid individual dogs suffering from insomnia, anxiety, muscle spasms, and nervous tension.”

The Greeks used Valerian as a decongestant. They also used it for digestion, nausea, and urinary tract disorders. The Native Americans also used it for healing wounds. Valerian is beneficial for the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, nerves, and brain.


Like all creatures, a dog must be balanced both physically and mentally for optimal health. If a dog is dealing with nervousness then this can have a huge impact on the dogs overall health. Nervousness may also lead to low quality sleep in your dog as well. Valerian root may help reduce a dogs nervousness by helping produce a natural calming effect, leading to better overall health in your dog.

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