If you have a moody cat or dog, it's not uncommon that they may be suspect to anxiety just as us humans experience. Though there are veterinary formulas designed to treat anxiety both in prescription form and in over the counter form, one type of treatment has been widely overlooked by veterinarians and pet owners.
Kava, or Kava Kava, though lesser known than other animal anxiety treatments, is FDA approved to treat anxiety and promote relaxation and focused attention in humans, and even a mild tranquilizer in cats and dogs. Kava is a tropical plant which is found throughoutt Hawaii and other Pacific Islands which has large, heart shaped leafs, which is often chewed on by locals or dried and crushed to turn it into a tea. Kava and kava tea has been widely used widely across Polynesian culter in religious, social and ceremonial instances, for thousands of years.
Research has shown kava can be added to a pets diet in order to help combat physical or behavioral problems, though there is little clinical data to support this. However we've came across several pet owners who have described the miracle plant native to Hawaii and how they've used it to relax an anxious cat or non stop barking dog. Some say that it has even turned their dog's life around; once defensive and unpleasant to encounter, to a charming and happy animal. Kava, which can be purchased online through vendors such as http://hawaiiartsensemble.com, has historically been used in veterinary practices to treat separation anxiety in dogs, and as a mild sedative, pain killer, anti-convulsant, mood stabilizer, muscle relaxant, and to promote sleep.
Currently, the FDA has only approved kava for human use only, and it is “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.” For this reason, it is always best to consult your veterinarian before administering kava or adding it to your pets diet. Just as in humans, any drug can interact with biochemistry in a negative way and cause skin rash, nausea, sensitivity to light, or liver damage. Excessive kava intake has resulted in liver failure and Parkinson's Disease in humans. Kava may also interact with other drugs prescribed to your pet, so contact your vet to make sure kava is safe for your animal. Since kava has not been extensively studied in animals, the recommended doses have not yet been determined, however most veterinarians suggest a dose of half a milligram per pound of your pets body weight, taken orally up to twice a day.
If you believe your pet could benefit from the poweful effects of kava, consult your veterinarian today and see if it would be beneficial to your loved pet.