Fraser Valley Animal Hospital

2633 Ware Street
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3E2


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With our pets being such a large part of our lives, we often place them into situations that could potentially make them uncomfortable. There are several products available that can help decrease the stress/fear response and create more positive experiences for your pet and family.

Feliway (for cats)


- is a product that mimics the facial pheromones that a cat places on objects to confirm that an object or area is safe and familiar. These cat-appeasing pheromones help your cat feel comforted and safe, allowing them to be calmer stressful situations. Feliway is available as a spray and electric diffuser. Feliway is usually the first recommended item to try if your cat is stressed or anxious. The spray and diffuser can be used each on their own or together for greater benefit.

Adaptil (for dogs)


- is a product that mimics the natural appeasing pheromone that mother dogs emit to comfort and reassure their puppies. This calming pheromone has the same reassuring effect on adult dogs. Adaptil can help dogs of all ages feel safe and secure in any situation and manage and reduce unwanted stress and related behaviors. Adaptil is available as a collar, diffuser and spray. These products can be used individually or in combination with each other for greater benefit.

Thunder Shirt


- for both cats and dogs

- designed to provide a calming effect when your pet experiences stress, fear or nervousness

- works by delivering a constant pressure to create a dramatic calming effect, it gives your pet a constant “hug” of security, giving them a heightened sense of self awareness, therefore increasing confidence and calmness.

- no training is needed, and the shirt can be worn both before and during a stressful situation to help your pet feel calm.



- for dog and cats

- available in soft chew or a liquid

- contains L-Theanine, Colostrum Calming Complex, Valerian Root, EPA and DHA

- helps maintain a normal, balanced emotional and mental state

- give mellows 30-60 minutes prior to or can be given for 1-2 days before a planned event, such as travel or fireworks. Intended for short term/occasional use.     

*please discuss long term use with your veterinarian.

Calming Care Probiotic


- for dogs

 - contains a strain of probiotics that helps blunt out cortisol response 

- mix the contents of a packet into the food once daily or mix with water and give orally.

- works best when used daily on a consistent basis and can take 6-8 weeks to see results.


Royal Canin Calm Diet


- for dogs and cats

- nutritional support that is formulated to be a well balnced diet with added benefits

- specialty formulated to assist in management of stress and anxiety, with the added benefits to help stress related digestive and skin disorders

- contains milk protein hydrolysate and supplemental tryptophan and nicotinamide

- diet should be fed for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to encountering a stressful situation and it may take up to 12 weeks to see a response in high stress pets already in a stressful situation.




- for dogs and  cats

- a powdered, non-sedating supplement packaged in a capsule that can be mixed into food

- helps to reduce chronic and situational stress

- contains Alpha - S1 Tryptic Casein (derived from milk protein) that has been known to have  a calming effect

- can be used 1-2 days before a stressful event, or long term for up to 1-2 month


Prescription Medications:

Clomicalm/Gabapentin/Fluoxetine/Trazadone - ask your veterinarian for more details