Our super ingredient for this month is Valeriana officinalis, a flowering plant native to Europe and Asia, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH).This month we take a deeper dive into this super ingredient also known as Valerian Root Powder. Valerian root is known for its calming qualities and is often used in dog supplements to support anxiety. It is thought that it may increase the amount of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. In other words, while the exact science isn’t known, it’s believed that the stems, or roots, of the plant work to block nerve transmissions in the brain that stimulate activity. In other words, valerian root has a calming effect on the dogs brain. This fantastic natural ingredient has been growing in popularity with owners and Vets alike agreeing that the benefits of using this ingredient are excellent in supporting the following: Reduced stress and anxietyImproved sleepReduced restlessness and hyperactivity As with all supplements it is not guaranteed to solve all of your dogs problems on its own and veterinary advise should be sought should your pet continue to struggle. Using supplements alongside behavioural therapies may also be a good combination. Valerian Root Powder can be found in our Relax and Calm Care for dogs and cats. Remember to always read the instructions and if you notice any adverse reactions or deterioration in pets health discontinue use and contact your veterinary surgeon immediately. As with all supplementation, there may be a small chance of a negative reaction to any new supplement given, so please monitor this and follow the administrative guidelines.