Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone produced in the pineal gland of dogs (and other animals), and plays a large role in regulating sleep patterns. It also has a role in the regulation of cortisol production. In dogs, melatonin supplementation has been shown to target the adrenal cells and the amount of cortisol they make. This may support normal hair growth, normal appetite and urination in dogs. It has been shown that having a consistent level of melatonin in the body can help support balanced cortisol output by the adrenal glands. Melatonin inhibits some of the enzymes needed for the body to produce more cortisol.
We don't use this often, but sometimes it can be a useful adjunct to some behaviour programmes (to help reduce stress responses in particular situations) and for supporting older pets with some aspects of cognitive dysfunction.
Herbal preparations are generally very bitter and unpalatable to most pets. Pet Wellbeing address this by adding a small amount of natural bacon flavouring and whilst it isn't to every dog's taste, it certainly seems to improve palatability compared to other herbal preparations we have used!
See the additional pictures for the information provided by the company on the properties of each of the constituent herbs AND contra-indications for use. This is a freely available over the counter supplement, but we still strongly recommend that you speak to your own vet or a herbal vet before using any herbal product (natural does not mean harmless or safe for every pet - they work because they have an effect on the body!). This is essential if your pet is on ANY medications or other supplements or has ANY underlying medical conditions.
Pet Wellbeing is made in the United States, but they are the only supplements of this type we have so far used successfully, they are a well-established company founded and run by vets and with rigorous, science-based product development, ingredient sourcing and testing processes. Herbs are certified 100% organic and the company adheres to human supplement quality standards. They have a UK distribution point too. They also offer an advice service. It is no substitute for speaking with your own vet who knows your pet, but it can be a helpful addition and we have found them very willing to chat with our vets too! Take a team approach to your pet's wellbeing. The advice line for the UK is 020 3695 0978.