How Valerian Could Benefit Your Horse & Pet

Tips On How To Help Your Animal With Valerian

Have you heard of the herb Valerian? It's been long used in herbal medicine for people and animals. With medicine made from its root. This is a plant that's native to Europe but also grows in North America and parts of Asia.

Which Animals Is Valerian Used With?

Horses, dogs and cats are three animals which valerian's used with.

Why Use Valerian?

This is a herb that's thought to be an excellent natural sedative.

It can be a popular choice for helping pets or horses who're stressed. If you've a horse going to a show, or who doesn't like the farrier or vet, it may help reduce anxiety. Or if your pet doesn't like going to the vets. For any animal who gets stressed and fearful from fireworks. Or other loud noises, a calmer with Valerian as the only or one of the components can be useful.

There has been veterinary research to evidence whether Valerian can help. This includes:

How Do You Use Valerian?

You can find many supplements designed for animals, which contain Valerian. For example, Hilton Herbs are one natural animal health retailer. Who have Valerian as a key ingredient in several calming supplements. You can also find Valerian Root as a tincture.

Dorwest Herbs is another company who sells pet calming/ relaxation supplements with Valerian.

Valerian is also used as applied zoopharmacognosy. With international expert Caroline Ingraham's online shop having valerian water for you to buy.

Whichever product you choose. Choose one that's sustainably sourced, is properly natural, preferably organic. And check how much valerian is in it! The amounts can vary significantly.

Is Valerian Safe To Use?

Generally yes. But as with any therapy or supplement, if your animal is unwell or on any existing medication. Get your veterinary surgeon's permission.

If you want to use Valerian with your horse, then be cautious. Valerian is a banned substance under FEI rules in competition horses.

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Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

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About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.