Vetoquinol Zylkene 75mg (30 capsules)
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- Clinically proven calming supplement
- Allows pets to relax before or during a stressful situation
- Lactose-free and well tolerated
- Simply open the capsule and mix it with your pet's food
- For cats and dogs
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Zylkene is a complementary feed for cats and dogs which contains a natural product, derived from casein, a protein in milk. It is a molecule well known to promote the relaxation of newborns after breastfeeding.
Launched in October 2013, Zylkene has become a familiar product for veterinary surgeons, behaviorists, nurses and pet owners for use in helping pets cope when facing unusual and unpredictable situations or before occasions such as a change in their normal environment.
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He's barely 2 years old and has spent more than half of his life in rescue. He would be adopted out, be at home all day long by himself while his adopters worked, pee inappropriately because he was alone too long, and then be returned to the shelter almost immediately.
Frank would wait and wait and wait at the shelter for his humans to return, but they never did. He didn't understand why he was abandoned over and over, again.
Because of his 'editorials' on being left alone, he was labeled as unadoptable and put on the kill list at our local municipal shelter. He was pulled just in the nick of time by our no-kill shelter, where we found him. Well, the day that I was at the shelter to visit another cat, he threw himself on my feet and really found me.
He still does this at home. He'll throw himself on my feet and not let me move; he never wants me to leave. Poor boo.
So, how did we finally figure out that he's a) not sick and b) has separation and abandonment issues? Well, we had him checked by our vet and verified that he has no underlying medical conditions like diabetes, UTI's or any other undiagnosed illnesses. He was fixed as a kitten, so he's not a feral male spraying all over the house when he sees wildlife or strange cats. He uses the litter boxes perfectly when he's not stressed.
He let us know that we had been gone too long by peeing at the entrance door, urinated on me in bed (like a pressure washer!), and peed on my DH's anorak after he was at work too long. We have 3 other lovely cats and all four of them, including Frank, get along very well, so no one was secretly picking on him to add to his stress.
After we finally clued in, we began the behavior modification work. He was urinating in certain places to claim us and mark time. He doesn't have little wrist watches strapped to his ankles, so this is the only way that he can keep track of his time limits. Once we had this epiphany, we found this to be an interesting coping mechanism, albeit undesirable, we were able to help him.
If we couldn't help him, then the worst case scenario was that we had a nice ranch/barn situation lined up where he could spend the rest of his life as a loved and valuable member of that operation. Now that we've figured out the root causes of his problems, even the barn idea would have been torture for a cat who loves to be around people. Returning him to rescue just wasn't an option for us.
Anyhoo, we started by being more mindful of our schedules. Not being away for 80 million hours a day helped a lot, but Frank still had accidents every so often. Oh sure, he has his brofurs, but it's not the same as the constant companionship of his humans. We know that he loves his peeps.
We bombed the house with Feliway diffusers and used Feliway spray where he had peed. We used the enzyme cleaners and a black light all over the house to determine if we had missed anything. Then our vet recommended Hill's Science food for anxiety.
The Hill's Science was a no go. It made all the cats comatose and after about 2 weeks, no one moved or ate. The entire clowder was off of its feed. We figured it out by removing this product from their diets and everyone returned to normal. We feed only wet food, Pride by Instinct, and discovered that this food is nutritionally better than anything that Hill's or Royal Canin can ever hope to market, ahem.
Then we scoured the web for any legitimate treatment(s) that might help an anxious cat. We wanted something to take off the edge and give Frank some breathing space without turning all the cats into Zombies. We found Zylkene, followed the dosage instructions from its European website (their US site is pitiful) and we have success along with everything else that we included in his treatment plan.
We put up a child gate to restrict his access to the entrance door. We spend a lot of time at home with all of the cats. Everyone wins with this one. We give them all calming noms (Vermont Naturals); these are a huge hit all around. We still have the Feliway plug-ins working day in and day out.
From science, we use drops of a particular lavender essential oil with a very specific chemical composition (high in linalool) that has been shown to lower heart and breathing rates, and blood pressure. Pseudoscience calls it calming...ok.
The lavender EO goes in a room and not directly on the top of cat beds - it's too strong this way. On lavender refresh day all of the cats have four paws in the air and snore. It's both hilarious and effective.
When it's time for a stressful event, like going to the vet or one of us travels, we give Frank a round of Zylkene a few days before and after departure to help him with his 'issues'. We had asked the vet for some Xanax, but after reading the side effects for cats (kidney failure - seriously?), we decided that we would never dose any of our cats with it.
Don't imagine for a nano-second that Zylkene alone will fix this type of problem. It requires an understanding as to why your animal is acting out and then addressing the issues from many directions.
Your pet is trying to tell you something in the only language that he has. Once you get the message, then it requires a multi-faceted treatment approach to resolve it. Thus, the long winded review (apologies) that describes how we were able to give a truly lovely animal the home that he needed.
We now have a relatively well-adjusted cat who no longer urinates inappropriately because he's worried that he's been abandoned, yet again. It took 3-4 months to make all of the environmental and behavioral changes so that Frank would feel confident enough to no longer need to 'mark' time or his humans.
Frank has turned this last corner and finally believes that he's found his furever home. Because he's so young, we still expect the odd accident. But, we also know that Frank's now able to enjoy a peaceful and well-adjusted existence with us for the rest of his natural life.
Thank you, Vetoquinol, for Zylkene and the help that we needed to get all of us over this hurdle.
Paws up from Franklin P. Butters. Gentle loving kindness. We love our pets so very much.
My boy loves to instigate fights with my girl that he clearly can't finish, and is otherwise a very shy, timid, scared, and anxious cat (I attribute it to misplaced aggression that he takes out on my girl). I started giving him 1 capsule every evening with his dinner mixed in a small tablespoon of wet food that we've eventually transitioned to just sprinkling onto his dry food. He eats it all and it doesn't hinder his appetite at all.
Within the first month, we started noticing him coming out and hanging out with us more, and by the second month he was more affectionate, attention-seeking, and even stayed out when we had visitors (this was unheard of!!!! Previously he would run and hide for hours if we had guests over), but most importantly... the fighting between cats has been dramatically reduced, dare I say eliminated altogether.
We're going onto our third month now, and I'm sold. I truly believe this product is making a difference in my household that previous anti-anxiety meds and products didn't. I am also using this in conjunction with Feliway diffusers AND Composure Pro chews (vet only). I'm not entirely convinced that the Composure Pro chews are making a difference one way or the other, but I will continue using the Feliway diffusers along with Zylkene. I am sold!!!
The only solution previously was to take the cat in for steroid shots (and occasionally antibiotics) but steroids are dangerous.
Zylkene has reduced our need for shots by 90%, thereby reducing the steroid risks by 90%.
Zylkene costs more in the short run, but not the long run.
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But the product was packaged nice & it may work fabulous just not for my dog
I had hoped it would help control his separation anxiety.