St. Johns Wort for Anxiety in Dogs


St. John's wort, known scientifically as Hypericum perforatum, has been used by since ancient times for conditions such as depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. It is now being used to treat some behavioral problems in pets.


  • St. John's wort has been used to treat dogs for obsessive-compulsive disorders, acral lick dermatitis, separation anxiety and aggression.


  • According to veterinarian Shawn Messonnier, writing for Glenbrook Farms, the use of St. John's Wort to treat dog has been proven clinically.

Time Frame

  • Little research is available regarding the use of St. John's wort in dogs. Because it takes two to four weeks for humans to see improvement after beginning use of the herb, you should expect your dog to show improvement in about the same time frame.


  • You may want to limit your dog's exposure to sunlight while your he is taking St. John's wort. The herb has been known to cause sensitivity to light in livestock and to trigger cataract formation in people exposed to bright light.


  • Do not combine St. John's wort with other medications your dog is taking for behavioral issues unless directed by your veterinarian. Do not begin giving your dog St. John's wort without discussing the addition of the herbal supplement with your veterinarian.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Image by, courtesy of Greeblie
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • Hypericum Dosage for Dogs

    Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St. John's wort, is a herb traditionally used to treat pain from nerve damage. More recently, it...

  • How to Reduce Anxiety with Saint John's Wort

    A natural cure for anxiety, St. John's wort (hypericum perforatum), blooms in mid-June and continues for three or four weeks, the small...

  • Herbs for Anxiety in Dogs

    The roar of thunder, the whirl of the vacuum cleaner, the blasts of fireworks or simply being left alone can cause anxiety...

  • Herbs to Help Calm a Barking Dog

    Dogs bark to communicate with us and others within audible range. Sometimes this can cause a problem if the barking cannot be...

  • Natural Remedies for Dog Anxiety

    Dogs can experience symptoms of anxiety for a wide variety of reasons, including changes in environment and circumstances, loud noises, separation from...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make an Elevated Dog Feeder

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!