River takes L-Theanine nearly every day and I have noticed an improvement in her reactivity when she is dosed in the morning versus nothing at all. Her big blow ups towards other dogs are less intense and she is much easier to distract away from reacting at all. I would say that this supplement in particular gives her a better shot at thinking through a possible trigger rather than just going straight over her threshold. It does not decrease her drive for training and interaction in the slightest, so don’t worry about your dog turning into a drooling zombie with this stuff.
May 28, 2014 - L-theanine calms dogs, according to Dr
It’s not uncommon for conventional veterinarians to prescribe anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs, either short or long term, for dogs with lick granulomas. These drugs are powerful and have undesirable side effects. I recommend trying natural anti-anxiety nutraceuticals first. These include: L-theanine, GABA, 5-HTP, melatonin, valerian and Chinese herbs to calm the shen. There are also several homeopathic remedies that can be very beneficial, depending on your dog’s specific symptoms. Work with your holistic vet to find the right protocol.
Has anyone here used L theanine for separation anxiety in dogs?
If consistent behavioral exercises alone are not enough to help decrease the anxiety to a tolerable level, other options including supplements and medication should be explored. Adaptil diffusers release a dog-appeasing pheromone (a chemical substance or odor) that is relaxing to dogs with separation anxiety. Two oral supplements currently available that are promising in the treatment of canine anxiety are Anxitane and Zylkene. Anxitane contains L-Theanine, an amino acid naturally found in green tea leaves. Zylkene supplement contains alpha casein, a protein derived from cow’s milk. Both of these supplements have been shown to induce calming behavior and decrease anxiety in dogs. Fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), is a prescription medication used in the treatment of separation anxiety. This medication taken daily helps to increase the level of serotonin or “feel good” chemicals in the brain, thereby reducing the level of anxiety. Medication should always be used with a concurrent behavioral program in place. Several other medication options exist. Your veterinarian can discuss these options with you if they are indicated for your dog.
A new research study finds L-Theanine reduces anxiety in dogs