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    21 Things From Chewy That Will Help Soothe You And Your Anxious Pet

    From soothing scents to cozy sleeping spots, these picks will do a world of good for your anxious pet – and you, too.

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    1. A ThunderShirt anxiety vest that’ll help your pupper feel safe in stressful situations. This wraparound vest applies gentle pressure around your furry friend, which in turn can aid in alleviating fear or anxiety during thunderstorms, fireworks, travel, or even episodes of separation anxiety. It’s sort of like a wearable, weighted blanket for dogs.

    Reviewer's photo of a dog wearing the ThunderShirt
    Chicosworld/Chewy

    Promising review: “I was apprehensive about purchasing the ThunderShirt Classic Anxiety Vest for dogs, but I decided to give it a try. We live in Florida so we experience daily thunderstorms and my dog goes crazy barking excessively during the thunderstorm the entire time. THIS ThunderShirt WORKS! We put the ThunderShirt on the dog and she does not bark. Not once! It's a miracle. On the third day of thunderstorms she was coming to us to put the ThunderShirt on. I do not understand how it calms her anxiety, but it does. I will try the next holiday when people light fireworks to see if it works to calm her. Thank you! Thank you!” –KatC

    Price: $39.95+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL)

    2. A self-warming pet mat, so you can keep your pal both toasty and safe. True, there are tons of heated pet beds out there – but many of them are powered by electricity, and, well, leaving something electric and heated on while you’re not home is… not the safest idea. This mat, however, has a thermal core that warms up with and retains your pet’s own body heat. How neat is that?

    The pet mat in the color Snow Leopard
    Chewy

    Promising review:These are GREAT! I started buying these for the feral and outdoor cats, but realized my inside cats love the self-warming pads, too. I've bought a number of different brands – but these are so soft! They are also excellent warmers (I sat on one to test it out – see if I can feel the heat). They are very easy to clean – I generally throw them in the dryer for a few minutes with no heat to remove excess hair before I wash them, then hang dry and spin for a few minutes at the end – which is key when you're caring for two dozen cats! They are nice and large. I'm ordering more right now!” –CWNY

    Price: $9.26+ (available in two sizes and six colors)

    3. A Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy plush toy designed specifically to ease anxiety in stressed pets. The secret is the “real-feel” heartbeat mechanism hidden inside the toy; it mimics what a pup would hear and feel when cozied up with a parent or litter, providing comfort and alleviating loneliness. (There’s a cat version, too, by the way!)

    The Snuggle Puppy
    Chewy

    Promising review:This was a total game-changer. I bought it and had it ready on day one with my new puppy and he absolutely loves it. Goes right in his crate, doesn’t make a peep and sleeps with it every night. It really comforts the puppy after leaving their litter mates. I was so nervous to crate train after my last puppy over 10 years ago screamed the first night in his crate (wish this existed back then) and I soon after gave up, but crate training this time around has been a breeze thanks to this training aid. If you buy anything for a new puppy, this is it!” –Brilliant

    Price: $38.64+ (available in four colors)

    4. Or, an aromatherapy squeaky toy that releases the calming scent of lavender essential oils whenever your pet squishes it. Whether your animal friend freaks out during thunderstorms or has separation anxiety, this ring-shaped plush might offer a bit of calming relief. (FYI, the color you’ll receive is random, according to reviewers.)

    Chewy, Maia/Chewy

    Promising review:My 4-month-old puppy absolutely loves his new friend! He sleeps cuddling it. I don't smell any lavender but our sense of smell is nothing compared to theirs and it certainly does help him relax! My only teensy complaint is I wish we could choose which one we get. I was lucky and got the one I wanted, but I'd like to order them all and I don't want to have three the same.” –Abbeymore

    Price: $8.99

    5. A lavender and green tea candle that’ll both neutralize pet odors in your home and fill the air with two calming scents. (Never underestimate the soothing qualities of lavender.) Made of 100% soy wax, this jarred candle burns for up to 70 hours.

    The candle
    Chewy

    Promising review: “Between the cats and the dogs my house gets a little stinky sometimes. This candle puts the odor out completely. It smells wonderful, it lasts a long time, and it is a high-quality product.” –DogsFurever

    Price: $21.95

    6. A donut-shaped calming bed with orthopedic support, because your pet deserves to nap somewhere so comfortable, they never want to leave. It’s basically a fluffy bean bag chair for your equally fluffy companion – and if they like to nest or burrow, this pick is perfect for that.

    The pet bed in the color Frost
    Chewy

    Promising review:I have three dogs, all rescues and all have their anxieties. The oldest is a 12-year-old min pin with no teeth and only 10% vision. He really needed safe spots to relax. I looked for and found the doughnut beds – a great design for vulnerable dogs. I bought three of the beds, one for each dog. They loved them so much I now have seven of the beds so that the blind dog can move from room to room and still find a spot to be 'out of the way' of the other dogs. They wash well and I can't praise them enough.” –Oisian

    Price: $24.99+ (available in four sizes and two colors)

    7. A jar of peanut butter-flavored calming bites that’ll quiet your hyperactive pup right down and cut down on any stress-driven destruction of couches, rugs, and more at the paws of your furriest friend. These chews are peppered with ingredients like hemp seed and chamomile – and they taste just like treats!

    Reviewer's photo of the calming bites
    Geebb/Chewy

    Promising review: “Great stuff! We use this for one of our dogs who is terrified of rainstorms. We pre-medicate him, and while it didn’t stop him from being afraid, he at least isn’t shaking and cowering. He likes them and eats right out of our hand. We don’t have to disguise the chew. It’s a treat for him. And for us!” –Cheryl

    Price: $29.97+ (available in two sizes)

    8. A cozy gecko cave for your reptile buddy, because who doesn’t like curling up somewhere comforting to sleep? When lizards don’t have enough places they can hide and feel safe, they may become anxious – so making sure you’ve got a variety of hidey-holes in their habitat is essential.

    Reviewer's photo of a gecko in the gecko cave
    Bex95/Chewy

    Promising review: “My leopard gecko has a large (though, a medium would probably work fine), and he spends most of his time inside of it, whether he’s shedding or not. He has lots of options for hides but he likes the cave best! I keep it partially on the warm and partially on the cool so that he doesn’t get too hot or too cold. The small was way, way too small for him, which is what I ordered originally.” –Trisha

    Price: $18.99+ (available in three sizes)

    9. A two-pack of silicone treat lick mats, so you can solve both boredom and anxiety issues for your lonesome pal, and give them a tasty treat, all in one go. Licking can be soothing for pets in addition to helping them stay busy, so spreading these mats with peanut butter, pumpkin, or another squishy kind of treat, freezing them, and then letting your doggo have a go will keep them occupied and pacified in the most delicious way possible.

    The lick mats
    Chewy

    Promising review: “Perfect distraction. Bought for our nervous Aussie who developed a habit during recent storms of excessively licking her foot to the point of injury. These mats are so helpful. Our girl likes a little cream cheese or peanut butter. Nice to have the extra so one can be in the dishwasher. Ordered a second set for my daughter’s dog, who eats so fast she still craves something in her mouth later, and this helps satisfy her and also calms her while the family watches TV.” –cherylynn3

    Price: $8.54

    10. A Furbo dog camera and treat dispenser, so you can keep an eye on your pet even when you’re not home. This camera, which can be controlled from your phone, features night vision, motion detection, and a barking alert, so you’ll always know what your furry pal is up to – and since it also has audio capabilities, you can actually talk to them through it if they start getting a little rowdy. You can even use the app to give a treat to your pet. Who's a good boy?

    The Furbo
    Chewy

    Promising review: “I really hemmed and hawed over buying this. My sister loves hers, and so does my coworker, but I thought it might be shoddy or useless... but I am so happy with this purchase. It gives me such peace of mind that I can ‘be there’ from work and both treat and correct my pup’s behaviors. He responds to it and knows he’s being watched, which may sound creepy, but it’s given this pet owner a huge sigh of relief.” –Ashlee

    Price: $168

    11. A bag of calming cat food specially formulated to help smooth out your kitty’s rough edges. This vet-recommended pick includes amino acids, alpha-casozepine, L-tryptophan, and vitamin B, all of which can help with anxiety and behavioral issues when regularly incorporated into your cat’s diet.

    The cat food
    Chewy

    Promising review: “Miracle food. This food has changed one of our cats from a nervous wreck, who only stayed in the master closet, to a normal cat who roams the house. It was recommended by our vet when our cat was over-grooming to the point of balding and causing sores. Her fur has grown back and she's more social with the other cats and us. She is finally leaving the closet and enjoying the house. She loves the taste of the food as well, so no battles getting her to eat it. Overall, this food has worked miracles on a naturally over-nervous 4-year-old cat. I wish I had found it sooner!” –Shaina

    Price: $34.99+ (available in two sizes)

    12. A bottle of de-stressing, lavender and chamomile pet shampoo, because some targeted aromatherapy might help turn the terrifying experience of bathing your pet into something a little less stressful. Is the aromatherapy for you? For your pet? For both of you? Who knows! But if it smells nice and makes bath time enjoyable for at least one of you — if not both — then I’d consider that a win.

    The de-stressing shampoo
    Chewy

    Promising review: “We give our kitty a bath every few weeks and it's always been a nightmare! We typically use Earthbath, which I love, but this stuff just OMG. She smelled it a few times when I put it in my hand and I kid you not she instantly relaxed! There was no flailing, escaping, meowing, and it was the most peaceful bath experience ever! I'm never buying another soap again! She also smells amazing and it leaves her fur soft and shiny with zero dryness!” –donutsmoonapproves

    Price: $11.99

    13. A molting and conditioning supplement for small birds, because even our flying friends can feel a bit down when they’re literally losing all their feathers. Molting is necessary, but it can be stressful for your bird friend. Luckily, the vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, and probiotics, and Omega-3 in this supplement can help them feel their best throughout the process.

    The molting and conditioning supplement
    Chewy

    Promising review: “It’s been very good for my canary as she’s molting. I just started using it and there’s been an obvious change in her stress levels. She really enjoys it – I see her eating it often.” –Genevieve

    Price: $2.99

    14. A Pet Acoustics Pet Tunes speaker to fill the room with relaxing tunes just for your pupper. Music has been found to calm dogs down when they’re stressed out or nervous – and the 90 minutes of music that comes pre-loaded onto this Bluetooth speaker has been designed specifically to help cut down on barking and pacing, and generally chill your dog out. It’ll play for eight hours at a stretch, too. (Pssst – there’s also a cat version, if your household is more of the feline persuasion!)

    The Pet Tunes speaker
    Chewy

    Promising review:My dog recently went blind and became very anxious at night, especially when he'd get himself lost in our house. He'd be up all night crying while pacing through the rooms and hallways. I got this little speaker and he seems to really enjoy it. I like the music too. I put it on when we're gone for long periods of time as well as at night so that he doesn't get as anxious. I leave it plugged in 24/7 and I keep it in my room and next to his bed, so that when it's playing, he can figure out where he is in the house. The speaker is smaller than I thought it would be, but it's honestly perfect. It fits perfectly on my little end table. The only complaint that I have is that some of the songs are much louder than others... so I can hear some songs perfectly, some I can barely hear at all, and others are really loud. I'd buy this again.” –Danielle

    Price: $62.99

    15. A case of calming cat litter (yes, really), because your feline friends deserve to have a spa-like toilet experience just as much as you do. This option from Fresh Step will soothe with the delightful scent of rose and chamomile – and it’s designed to keep your cats’ paws clean, which means less litter tracked throughout your home after they’re done doing their business. Everybody wins!

    The cat litter
    Chewy

    Promising review: “I don’t know if it keeps my cats calm, but it definitely helps me! The very soothing scent sticks around for a long time, and I love it especially for litter boxes in more-used spaces in our house, although I’ll probably switch to this for all of our litter for all five cats!” –RachelC

    Price: $21.99

    16. A focusing and calming supplement for your horse that’ll help your favorite hooved friend chill out under the most trying of circumstances. A dose of this stuff will keep your horse calm for about two hours without drowsiness, making it perfect for everything from competitions to simple changes in their habitat. Also, it’s hay-flavored, so odds are they’ll gobble it right up.

    The calming supplement
    Farnam

    Promising review: “I bought this for my mare for during a transition in pasture buddies. My mare loves to run and be dramatic, so I was hoping it would help keep her calm during the transition. The difference was much more impressive than I expected! Although I will never be able to know how well she would have handled it without Quietex, she handled it much better than expected. She's been off of it for a few days now and she is definitely back to her wild self, which helps shows me how much Quietex really did help.” –EmilyS

    Price: $11.39

    17. An automatic pet food dispenser, so your pet can always feel at ease knowing that they’ll be fed at the same time every day. This feeder can hold up to 20 cups of dry kibble, and it can be programmed to drop food into tray up to four times a day. The best part? It can run on both electricity and batteries – so if there’s a power outage, the feeder will still function, thanks to its backup batteries.

    Sebastian/Chewy, Chewy

    Promising review: “Works great! We have a rescue kitty who is food-driven to the point that she'll tear open cat litter bags because she thinks there is food inside. Was concerned she would brutalize a feeder. Researched the feeders, read reviews, and picked this one. She loves her feeder and has not cat-handled it at all. Like the longer electric cord and have installed the batteries for backup. It dispenses 1/4 cup of kibble on the #2 setting twice a day. Everyone is happy. The unit is actually pretty quiet. If the panel with all the settings could be backlit, it would certainly make it easier to see the numbers and settings as everything is pretty small.” –Bella

    Price: $69.99

    18. A calming travel spray for your cat, if hitting the road (or air, or water, or whatever) makes them nervous. This product from Feliway isn’t a tranquilizer but instead, uses pheromones to relax your feline pal. Just spray it in their carrier about 10 minutes before you intend to leave, and voila — a calmer, quieter voyage.

    The spray
    Chewy

    Promising review: “Even short car rides to the vet can be stressful. Spraying this in my girl’s carrier makes a noticeable difference. She still isn’t a volunteer for being stuffed into her carrier but a couple of squirts on the mat prior to the time to leave makes a big difference. She rides quietly, no yowling. It’s worth buying.” –Wally

    Price: $13.99

    19. A bottle of API Stress Coat to keep your finny friend stress-free and their slime coat in tip-top condition. Adding 5 milliliters of this stuff per every 10 gallons of water will help cut down on the chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals that might be present in your tank, while doubling the dose helps build up a damaged slime coat and heal other skin and fin ailments. A healthy fish is a happy fish!

    Brooke/Chewy, Chewy

    Promising review:I swear I think my fish started acting livelier after I added this to my tank. Maybe it's my imagination. This product dechlorinates and adds a protective slime coat to help shield fish from opportunistic microorganisms. I added this to my aquarium after I had removed my betta to another tank due to his fins being nipped by a loach. The aloe vera ingredient speeds healing.” –Montrose

    Price: $1.79+ (available in eight sizes)

    20. A portable, soft-sided cat crate designed specifically to give your cat somewhere calm to rest when you’re on the road – which, let’s face it, is almost never any cat’s ideal situation. This comfy pop-open crate has mesh sides for visibility and breathability, but you can also roll down some covers for them if your cat would prefer to hide out in a cave. Oh, and it’s got built-in seat belt straps, too, so you know they’re comfy and safe.

    a reviewer photo of two cats in the carrier
    eatonsj / Chewy

    Promising review:I bought this anticipating my cats traveling with me in the car for a 6+ hour ride. I have a large hard-sided carrier that they can just about both fit in, but this allows them both to have ample room to get up, walk around, lay down, etc. I set it up in my house for a few months before the trip and they immediately went inside. There is now a blanket that lives inside it permanently with their rotation of toys and they can often be found curled up or chasing each other through it (I leave both flaps open in the house). The greatest benefit has been that when it does come time to go in the car, they are happy to be placed inside and don't fight me at all. This was never the case with their hard-sided carrier.” –Gabrielle

    Price: $35.99

    21. And some calming, rawhide-free chew sticks, so those anxious dogs with the need to gnaw have just the thing to keep them occupied. Easily digestible, these sticks are made with vegetables, chicken, chamomile, and lavender, making for a tasty yet mellow chewing experience.

    Reviewer's photo of a dog chewing on the chew stick
    Widger/Chewy

    Promising review:Helped with separation anxiety and storm anxiety because of the lavender and the distraction. I loved that I was able to give her something to help her that wasn’t rawhide. She wouldn’t/couldn’t be distracted by mere toys. These were amazing.” –Angela

    Price: $5.99

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