How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Tammy F. Your Own Question

Tammy F.
Tammy F., Not an active Expert
Category: Pet
Satisfied Customers: 9168
Experience:  Not an active Expert
2456257
Type Your Pet Question Here...
Tammy F. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

what is the dosage of valerian that can be safely used to

Customer Question

What is the dosage of Valerian that can be safely used to relax a pregnant 55lb female dog for a 12hour international flight. Are there some other pregnancy safe herbs, such as relora or jujube or passiflora or A. pulsatilla that are better than valerian? About how hours will the dose last?

Optional Information:
Age: 5; Female; Breed: Small Munsterlander






Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 8 years ago.

Large dogs should be given one full tsp. But I'm not sure that this will have the effect that you are expecting.


Instead, I would look into Homeopet (www.homeopet.com) and try their anxiety formula. We have had a LOT of success with this. It can be purchased at most petsmart stores.


Let me know if you still have questions!

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: One full tsp of what? I already knew about about the Anxiety formula, and the others manufactured in England--which claim safety, but whose ingredients I don't trust. I don't have any information about its safety for pregnant bitches nor even its ingredients.

There was no response concerning the several alternative stress relief remedies that work on humans. In that list I left out Garum amoricum, which is another ancient anxiety alleviator.
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 8 years ago.

Sorry! You were asking about Valerian compound. The dosage for your dog's weight is one full tsp.


Valerian does come in a pet formula and has been used successfully in dogs. The other ones have not.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: I need data. I neither know nor care what "Valerian compound" is. There are many such compounds on the market with other ingredients such as Hops flowers--another candidate--skullcap--no thanks, etc.

The proper dosage has to be in an equivalent form to: XXXXX XXXXX (Valeric Acids 0.8%) XXXmg per kilo, and I need to see documented experimental evidence that this dosage has been used successfully on pregnant bitches (of a couple of breeds, hopefully) without mishap.

Another ingredient I left out of my list is melatonin. This is especially good for the airline travel because of the time zone shift. I was hoping to see a COMPREHENSIVE answer to my question. The minimum requirement, however, is a veterinarily DOCUMENTED answer that works and is safe.
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 8 years ago.
Does she get upset easily? Have you ever flown with her before?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
She is a Small Münsterlander. Externally, they're pretty unflappable, but we lost a litter the last time we tried this two years ago. Therefore, we want to take no chances.
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 8 years ago.

How long will you be traveling? If it's only a few days or a short vacation, you really might want to think of getting a petsitter instead of trying to take her with you. A transatlantic flight does subject her (and all the occupants) to a level of radiation that may or may not be suitable for pregnancy.


I would be very cautious about using any kind of sedative, natural or otherwise, with a pregnant dog. We would typically advise acepromazine but that is not safe in pregnant or lactating bitches. And the homeopathic remedies cannot be considered safe because none of them have been formally tested by the FDA. Benadryl MIGHT be ok late in her pregnant, but definitely not during the first few weeks.


Does this help more?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: I am already cautious, and I already know about and would never use acepromazine. This is not news, and it doesn't answer my question. Our veterinarian has already discussed that with us. It represents the standard pharmaceutical viewpoint towards an issue that well might be amenable to a homeopathic approach or which I have named many.

The reason I started with Valerian is that I saw an allusion to it on a Google search, but there was no detail and no backup. I am looking for an expert response or a pointer to an expert response to my inquiry.

Sorry, but you just haven't even come close.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
< Last | Next >
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    522
    2003 Graduate
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    522
    2003 Graduate
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2337
    Vet Tech for 30+yrs. Small Animals and Fish
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    273
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    157
    12 years of experience in emergency, surgery and medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MS/MsAM/2012-6-9_16426_anna.64x64.jpeg Anna's Avatar

    Anna

    Pet Expert/Biologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2916
    40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    Voice for your pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    1132
    Veterinary Technician for 15 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Behaviorist, Breeder, See Qual.

    Satisfied Customers:

    884
    15 years Breeding Experience, Former vol. Vet Assistant, Dog Behaviorist