Well, what a year it’s been! As 2020 is drawing to a close, we thought we’d take a moment to look back over the past year and share your favourite Dorwest herbal pet care products. So, in reverse order, here’s the run down of your top 6 from 2020…


Number 6: Turmeric Tablets

Coming in at number 6 this year is our Dorwest Herbs Turmeric Tablets for dogs. So what has led them to be in your top 6 for 2020? They can be a great aid for dogs struggling with their joints, for example due to the ageing process or injury.

Our Turmeric Tablets for dogs are specially formulated, consisting of 95% curcuminoids. These are the active parts of Turmeric which help support your dog’s anti-inflammatory processes. They are combined with black pepper extract, helping your dog absorb all this gorgeous goodness. Together, these ingredients make this product a firm favourite for owners with dogs who benefit from a little extra support with their joints.

Want to learn more about Turmeric Tablets for dogs and how it could support their joints? As specialists in herbal pet care, Dorwest Herbs know all the golden secrets and benefits of turmeric for dogs.


Number 5: Keepers Mix

The Dorwest Herbs Keeper’s Mix has proven again it’s a staple product which you and your dog’s love year after year. After all, this is why you’ve made it number 5 in our herbal supplements for pets countdown for 2020. This is a perfect super-boost to your dog’s diet, particularly if they’re raw fed. When we say a super-boost, we mean it!  Thanks to a combination of 8 herbs, they all work together in harmony to promote all-round health. These include:

The benefits of these herbs in our Keeper’s Mix for dogs range from suppleness and free movement, to healthy bowel and digestion, as well as essential vitamins to promote overall health. This is our foundation herbal pet care product, with 10% of sales going to our Dorwest Foundation which helps support dogs in need. A perfect combination, so that both your dog and others can benefit. We’re proud to see it featured within the top 5 of your Dorwest Herbs favourites this year.


Number 4: Green Releaf Tablets

Just missing out on the top 3,are our Green Releaf Tablets. These provide natural support for a whole host of issues includng skin, seasonal allergies, joint discomfort and are even  used as an aid for normal urination. So how does it help? It’s all thanks to the soothing PH balancing properties our Green Releaf Tablets provide.

The ingredients consist of watercress, celery seed, celery plant, horseradish and parsley. A gorgeous blend of green goodness, all working together to deliver great results for your dog.


Number 3: Tree Barks Powder

Moving into our top  3 and you’ve given our Tree Barks Powder this important position this year. What makes this one of your favourite herbal supplements for pets? As a pet parent you’re bound to see your dog enduring a poorly tummy at some stage of their life. The good news is that our Dorwest Herbs Tree Barks Powder helps to combat this. It naturally aids digestion for dogs with diarrhoea and intestinal disorders. These herbal remedies for dogs are suitable for use at all stages of a dog’s life. From puppies to golden oldies this herbal pet care product continues to work wonders. It can even be used as a one-off if they’ve eaten something naughty or if they have a long-term condition.

The two ingredients found in this powder are 90% slippery elm bark and 10% white poplar bark. These create something magical by transforming from powder into a jelly like substance. This then soothes the stomach and digestive tract as it makes its way through your dog’s body. One of the must-have herbal supplements for pets for any pet parent to help keep those tummy troubles at bay.


Number 2: Garlic and Fenugreek Tablets

Just missing out on the top spot of your favourite herbal pet care products for 2020 are our Garlic and Fenugreek Tablets. Our Dorwest Herbs veterinary licensed herbal medicine is used for symptomatic relief of a number of ailments. Such as, skin conditions, arthritis, coughs and even minor infections. They even help to strengthen your dog’s immune system when used long-term. It’s a privilege to provide support to your four-legged friends experiencing any of these conditions.

These tablets work so well as they are full of natural active compounds to help keep your dog feeling in tip top condition. The garlic provides antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory actions. As well as this, the fenugreek also provides anti-inflammatory properties and both ingredients compliment each other perfectly in these tablets, promoting general health and helping to increase resistance to infections naturally supporting the immune system. For those suffering with arthritis or skin conditions, they work even better when combined with Green Releaf. You can also use together with Glucosamine & Chondroitin Tablets to aid joints. When combined they help to maximise the benefits of each of the herbs so your dog feels in peak condition. Fantastic! Happy dog, happy pet parent.


Number 1: Scullcap & Valerian Tablets

So the results are in! Our Dorwest Herbs Scullcap & Valerian Tablets have taken your number one spot.  A firm fan favourite for herbal pet remedies, year in and year out. We’re so glad they’ve helped provide extra comfort to so many pets over the last year and far beyond.

So why have they been so popular? They help to support dogs experiencing anxiety alongside training and behavioral support. This is due to the ingredients of scullcap, valerian, mistletoe and gentian working together. Combined, these support the calming pathways within the nervous system, leading to a calmer pet, with no drowsiness. There are no zombie dogs here, just dogs who need a helping hand. In particular, with situations such as fireworks, car travel, separation anxiety and so much more. The combination of these tablets and owners like you preparing in advance of potential anxiety inducing situations, such as firework season, has helped these tablets work their magic. These herbal supplements for pets prove why they are your favourites for 2020.


Which are your favourite herbal pet care products this year?

So, have your beloveds made it to the top 6 this year? Which do you and your dog love the most? We’d love to hear all about your favourites and why. Pop them in the comments below or share your thoughts over on our social media pages.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Dorwest Herbs this year, it means a lot. We love being able to provide support to you and your dogs. We look forward to discovering which are your top ranking next year!


Would you like some further advice about any of the herbal pet remedies listed? Read our beginners guide to herbal pet care and remember, you can always ask an advisor via our website, phone or social media. Plus our blog posts have lots of information too. Get in touch with Dorwest Herbs by calling +44 (0) 1308 897272 or emailing info@dorwest.com.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of year – not only for us humans but for your pets, too! And what’s not to love? From extra love and attention, to festive treats, there are many reasons why pets love Christmas. However, along with the festive period comes hidden dangers for our four-legged friends. To ensure they remain safe this season, here’s a few Christmas dangers for pets to be aware of…

Turkey Bones

It’s easy to let your pet tempt you into sneaking them a little piece. Especially when you’re dishing up the turkey with all the trimmings and your pet is sat looking up at you with loving eyes. One thing to keep in mind is the fact there could be harmful unseen bones. If you do decide to let them indulge, double check that there are none present. Even very little bones can be harmful to your pet, so it’s always best to be safe.

Turkey bones pose as Christmas dangers for pets as they can damage several parts of their body. This is because, when animal bones are cooked, they can become brittle. As a result they can splinter insider your pet’s mouth, throat or stomach, as well as getting stuck in their tummy too.

Your 4-legged companion doesn’t have to miss out, treat them to our Roast Dinner Toothpaste for dogs! This tasty toothpaste has been specially developed for dogs and cats alongside veterinary professionals. Containing sage oil, an anti-oxidant with more than a dozen antiseptic compounds, it helps to keep those gums fresh and healthy (plus, they’re sure to love the sage and liver flavour). This herbal pet care solution is sure to do the trick!

Anything with Currents

Raisins, currants and sultanas are high on the list of what not to feed your pet at Christmas, as they are very toxic. In worst cases, eating these can cause kidney failure. It’s important to monitor their behaviour if you suspect consumption, even if they’ve only consumed a few.  

Increased thirst and fewer urination breaks can be indicators of something worse. If spotted, we recommend you contact your vet immediately. So, keep mince pies and Christmas cake covered and out of reach in case your they go in for a taste-test.

Festive Plants

Another to add to the list of Christmas dangers for pets, is festive plants. Poinsettia, holly and mistletoe are all plants we associate with the festive season. Alas, like many household plants, they are poisonous to our pets.

Poinsettia – Their iconic red leaves are mildly toxic to cats and dogs. Ingestion can cause irritation of the mouth and stomach with overproduction of saliva and sometimes vomiting.

Holly – Apart from the spikes, holly leaves are not what present a danger to our pets. As a matter of fact, it’s the berries which do. If eaten, holly berries can cause stomach upset and diarrhoea.

Mistletoe – Again, the leaves don’t cause any harm. It’s the white berries you need to be aware of. When ingested by your pet, they can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive drooling and abdominal pain. Although mistletoe berries are harmful, mistletoe extract still exhibits benefits. One of our herbal pet care products, Dorwest Herbs Scullcap and Valerian Tablets, contains mistletoe extract. This is because it supports the natural calming pathways within the nervous system and helps with circulation.

Chocolate

Christmas is a time when chocolate is everywhere, so don’t trust your pet to steer clear of the coffee table that has an open box of Celebrations on top. Chocolate is one of the many Christmas dangers for dogs, although this can be a danger all year round.

Chocolate contains theobromine which is poisonous for cats and dogs if they eat it. It can cause horrible consequences that range from vomiting and having fits to heart problems that could be fatal.

Why not treat your dog with Festive Dog Treats this Christmas instead? Our festive dog treats are natural, handmade and perfect for all breeds!

Christmas Nuts

Pecans, macadamia nuts, pistachios and walnuts are some of the nuts that can be toxic or poisonous to dogs. In particular, macadamia nuts are often the most harmful. Vomiting, tremors and a fever are just some of the symptoms that can occur. If you think your dog has eaten any, make sure to take them to the vet as soon as possible. 

With a number of Christmas dangers for dogs, it’s always important to keep an eye on your pet over the festive season. Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.

From all of us at Dorwest, we wish you a very happy Christmas and wonderful New Year!


To find out more about our herbal pet care solutions and supplements for pets, get in touch today. Our experienced advisors are always more than happy to help. Contact Dorwest Herbs on 01308 897272 or fill out our online contact form. You can also receive free UK delivery on orders over £50, so why not treat your dog the safe way this Christmas!

With those long summer evening behind us, there’s a noticeable chill in the air, in particular during those early morning walkies! It can only mean one thing; the seasons are changing. There’s lots of fun to be had with your dog in the autumn leaves and fresh winter air but there are a few dangers to be aware of. With this in mind, we’re rounding up 5 hidden dangers in autumn and winter for dogs so you can feel prepared as the seasons’ change…

1. Conkers & Acorns Galore

Walking through those gorgeous autumn leaves and admiring the changing colours around us can be a welcomed addition to any dog walk. Besides, so many dogs just love launching themselves into the fallen leaves! However, as the seasons deviate from autumn to winter, along come the dangers lurking nearby. In this case, in the form of conkers and acorns.

These signs of autumn start to fall as early as September. Whenever you spot them, be sure to keep them far from your inquisitive dog’s mouth. The reason? Conkers are poisonous to dogs and if ingested they can cause toxicity in the kidneys and liver. Moreover, because of their size, they pose a choking hazard. Common symptoms of conker poisoning in dogs include diarrhoea, lethargy and excessive drooling. As conkers are poisonous to dogs, always consult your vet if you suspect your dog has eaten an acorn or conker.

2. Alabama Rot

Also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (or CRGV), Alabama rot is a disease which causes painful skin lesions and impacts the kidneys blood vessels. Alabama rot in dogs presents itself as skin ulcers, kidney failure, and in the worst scenarios’ death. Whilst the cause of this disease is still unknown, it is a common belief mud might be a factor for Alabama rot in dogs.

Thankfully, there are a few ways to help in the prevention against this disease. The best chances to fight Alabama rot in dogs is to catch it early. You can prevent Alabama rot by limiting your dog’s access to mud, washing off any excess mud, and staying informed on any breakouts in your area. These are all good steps you can take to help keep your dog from harm’s way. Most cases are found between November and May so plan ahead to keep your pet in perfect health this winter. Always seek professional advice from your vet if you think your dog may have Alabama rot.

3. Road Safety

As those dark nights draw in, it is best to be extra cautious when it comes to road safety during winter for dogs. For example, you may want to consider reflective clothing for yourself and your dog e.g. a reflective lead or collar. Keep a torch to hand too. This makes you both easier to spot in the dark, particularly when walking near roads.

Consider the type of lead you use when near roads too. There are a lot of mixed feelings about extendable leads but they can be particularly dangerous in winter for dogs. Especially at night, a car is unlikely to spot your dog until it’s too late.

It’s important to do regular checks to ensure your garden is secure, but more so in the winter months. With the skies getting dark much sooner it’s less likely you’ll be able to spot your dog in the dark if it manages to escape. Taking some time to ensure your garden is escape proof is recommended. You may have gorgeous hedgerows in summer but when the leaves fall, are there spaces your dog could squeeze through?

4. The Perils Of Ice

Ice can pose several dangers in winter for dogs. To start, there’s anti-freeze. Many people use it on their cars to clear the ice in the morning. Should you be one of those people, ensure you keep it out of reach from your dog. The ice itself, along with the anti-freeze, often runs off to the ground beneath when used. Ensure your dog is not exposed to it to avoid ingestion when cleaning their paws at home.

The next problem is the salt on pavements which help to protect us pet parents from slipping over during walkies. This is great for us but the downside is it can be bad for your dog’s paws and tummy if ingested. To prevent this, always wash your dog’s paws when you return from your walk together. This will limit any potential opportunity for ingestion and minimise the sores on your dog’s paws from walking on the salt.

A great way to protect against the perils of ice is by using a dog paw balm. Our nourishing paw balm softens sore cracked pads. Calendula, marshmallow, chickweed, beeswax and pure shea butter combine to help your dog’s paws brave the winter elements.

Last but not least, frozen ponds. While they can look picturesque and tempting to walk on, the fact remains you don’t know how thick the ice is. Not to mention whether it can hold you or your dog’s weight. Should it crack, your dog would enter freezing water temperatures which could cause shock and other serious health problems. What’s more, if you attempt to rescue your dog from the cold water you could also be at risk of hypothermia. Observe the beauty of frozen ponds and lakes from the edge to avoid any dangers for dogs and yourself.

5. Roaring Fires & Cosy Candles

Those pesky dangers in autumn and winter for dogs don’t only exist outside. They can even be found in your own home too. Are you lucky enough to have access to a roaring fire? If so, a good place to start to protect your dog is carefully storing all fire making equipment out of the way. This will limit any opportunity for your dog to chew items which may cause them harm. It also avoids any heavy objects associated with maintaining and cleaning a fire) from falling on your dog too.

Large roaring fires can be very attractive to dogs. So, ensure you have the necessary fireguards in place to avoid your pet’s curiosity from getting the better of them. You don’t want any burnt noses or paws to occur.

Lit candles can also pose a potential threat. The potential for a candle to be accidentally knocked over is high in a house of dogs. To avoid this, keep them out of the reach of your dog and on a secure surface to avoid any burns or fires. The only fire you want in your home is one you’ve chosen to light.

Stay Prepared Against The Dangers In Autumn And Winter For Dogs

Hopefully, you now feel prepared to avoid these hidden dangers in autumn and winter for dogs. It’s always good to be aware so you can prepare and keep your dog safe with these winter health tips. Instead, you can focus on all the positives of this time of year with your dog. So, wrap up warm, keep safe and embrace the changes experienced during this time of year with your four-legged friend.

Dorwest herbs offer a range of herbal remedies for dogs. Whether it’s for the liver, digestive system, skin and coat, anxiety, or joints, you’ll be sure to find the product which fits your dog’s needs. Browse the selection of products online on our website, or contact a member of the Dorwest team for more information. You can speak to an experienced member of staff directly by calling +44 (0)1308 897272. Alternatively, you can email info@dorwest.com or trade@dorwest.com for trade or vet enquiries.

Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.


The winter months can pose a number of difficulties for many of our four-legged friends. Preparing your dog for winter can help ensure they’re in tip top condition to make the most of this time of year instead. To support you with this, we’re going to help you prepare a winter MOT dog health check! We’ll explore some essentials to keep in mind over the coming months so you both navigate this time of year with ease. So, let’s get started on the best care you can give your dog in winter.


Boosting The Immune System With a Healthy Diet

When starting your dog’s winter MOT, the best place to start is the immune system. Ensuring they’re supported by a strong immune system helps them live a long, healthy, happy life. This will be the key to enduring those cold winter months. Fortunately, there are a range of ways you can help support your dog’s immune system in the winter months and beyond…

The first step is to do a pre-winter dog health check. In order to be healthy on the outside, you need to be healthy on the inside. The same school of thought applies to our dogs too. A good, healthy diet is crucial to supporting your dog’s immune system, in particular during the winter months. We recommend trying herbal supplements for dogs, as an extra bonus to boost your pet’s immune system.


Super-Boost Your Pet’s Diet

Want to do more? Well you can! When preparing your dog for winter, try adding our Keeper’s Mix® to their daily diet to provide a super boost. Our combination of eight herbs helps to support all-round health, as well as supporting vital organs and maintaining a natural balance inside your four-legged friend. If this wasn’t enough, it also helps to encourage a thick and healthy coat too!


The Power of Garlic & Fenugreek

Our Garlic And Fenugreek Tablets For Dogs can also be a great addition to the immune system. Herbal supplements for dogs provide essential nutrients which they could be lacking elsewhere. Due to their anti-inflammatory properties and natural active compounds, our Dorwest Garlic and Fenugreek Tablets For Dogs help keep your dog feeling as healthy as possible.

Garlic and Fenugreek work together to promote general health. This increases resistance to infections by naturally supporting and strengthening the immune system. They also help support mobility too. So, Garlic and Fenugreek tablets for dogs are a great all-rounder for a healthy dog in winter.


Work Hard, Play Hard

In addition to looking after the inside, there are other daily actions you can take to reinforce your dog’s immune response. For example, ensuring your dog stays active with a range of exercises in the winter months. Doing so helps minimise weight gain, which can put a strain on organs and the immune system. Consider the time of day you choose to go for walkies with your dog in winter. Walking in the warmest part of the day can make a real difference to the temperature levels.

If for any reason you need to reduce walkies during this time of year, you can encourage them to be active at home too. Toys and games will keep them mentally stimulated. When reducing activity, be sure to reduce the food intake a little too to prevent any excessive weight gain. Doing all the above is more likely to keep your dog feeling happy and mobile. This is paramount for keeping their immune system in top condition throughout the winter.


Maintaining a Healthy Winter Coat

The next step of your winter MOT dog health check is maintaining a great winter coat. It’s essential that coat and skin is in the best condition in order to battle the winter elements. This can prove tricky as the cold weather can have a negative impact on the coat and skin of your dog in winter. For example, daily exposure from the cold weather to warm conditions at home can cause their skin to dry out more than usual. You’ll notice dry skin by spotting specks of it on the top part of your dog’s coat. So, what’s the best solution?

It can be tempting to regularly wash your dog as they get dirty in the winter weather. Try to minimise full body washes as this can contribute to drying out your dog’s skin. Rinsing paws is recommended though to remove any salt from icy roads or mud which can be dangerous to dogs in winter. If your dog has a lot of hair around his/her paws, trim them over the winter. This helps avoid snow and ice from catching between their toes and around their paws too. They’ll also be easier to dry.

When preparing your dog for winter, keeping their coat and skin hydrated is key. Regular brushing helps with this by bringing the natural oils from the root to the full length of hair. Frequent brushing also helps remove any dried, excess mud which can cause irritation if left on your dog’s skin. Adding our Omega Star® oil to their diet is a great addition to maintaining a healthy winter coat too. Due to a naturally balanced blend of omega oils, Omega Star moisturises, calms and nourishes the skin moisture barrier. Omega Star also restores coat shine and supports quality coat growth. All the things you need to maintain a lavish coat for your dog in winter.


Happy Mouth, Happy Dog

The final part of your winter MOT dog health check, is all about your dog’s mouth! Not your usual winter worry but something we recommend maintaining throughout the year. If your dog has a happy mouth, you’ll have a happy dog. Our Roast Dinner Toothpaste For Dogs not only helps to keep reduce plaque but it also tastes rather scrumptious too. We also have some great tips on how to create a canine dental care routine, should you need some advice.


Have you completed all the dog health checks ahead of winter?

Preparing your dog for winter is always worthwhile. Do you think you’ll give your dog a winter MOT this year? We’d love to hear if so.

Dorwest Herbs offer a variety of herbal supplements for dogs, which help keep your dog healthy. If you have any questions about our range of products, contact a member of our friendly team. We are always happy to support you with expert advice. Call Dorwest today on +44 (0)1308 897272 or email info@dorwest.com.

Using natural products is something that is extremely important to us when it comes to our three dogs. Not only are Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets an effective remedy, they are versatile in their use. The tablets been great in helping Lily (the boss of our house!) keep calm and focused in the run up to Crufts. They were also hugely useful in helping Peggy, our Romanian rescue, ease into a normal home life.


Probably the most impressive effect of this favourite in our house though has been around fireworks season. Poor Rodney suffered the most, with uncontrollable shaking and Peggy regularly took cover in her bed when the bangs started.


The Scullcap and Valerian Tablets allowed them both to keep a clear head during positive reinforcement training and the difference now is incredible. Rodney’s shaking episodes have drastically improved and Peggy is happy to be out of her bed and enjoy the evening with us when fireworks are going off. We can even have the back door open for short intervals!

Our top tip is to use the tablets from the start of October through to mid-January as this covers you for Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year. The joy of a natural product is that this long-term use is safe on the body too. Thank you Dorwest for your passion for animal health, you’re a staple in our dog cupboard!”  – Yasmin & Peggy, Rodney & Lily


Scullcap & Valerian Tablets naturally supports the calming pathways within the nervous system, reducing anxiety without immobilising muscles or causing drowsiness. Best results are seen when used over time, alongside gentle behavioural training. Learn more about how to keep your pet calm during fireworks season in our recent blog…click here.

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Dorwest Herbs have been working with dogs for almost 70 years and are the leading UK provider of herbal pet supplements.

To find out more about our products including our range of natural shampoos and herbal supplements for dogs, get in touch with our experts today on 01308 897 272. Alternatively, email us at info@dorwest.com or fill out our online contact form.  Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50 and 10% off full-priced products for life when you join the Dorwest Loyalty Club.


We know from personal experience how distressing it can be when your dog is afraid of loud bangs, and with ‘fireworks season’ becoming longer and less predictable, knowing how to calm your dog during fireworks is more challenging than ever. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help your four-legged friend and restore calm in your home during this time.

Preparation is key, so if you know your dog is afraid of fireworks, it’s a good idea to start planning ahead – ideally at least a month in advance and especially if they have a severe phobia. During this time, giving our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets for Dogs daily can help naturally relax your pet so they are in a calmer state when the scary noises start. Best results are seen when used alongside gentle and consistent behavioural training (e.g. noise desensitisation programmes).

Don’t worry if you’re reading this just a few days before bonfire night though – noise phobia in dogs is common and it’s never too late to help your pet with their fireworks fear. A lot of the things that you can do to support your pet can still be implemented and even if you start Scullcap & Valerian Tablets now, your pet will still benefit.


Naturally dial down your pet’s fireworks fear

How to help dogs afraid of fireworks (for severe phobias):

> 1 MONTH to go

If your pet has a severe phobia, they will benefit from being given Scullcap & Valerian Tablets daily, starting now.

Desensitise – Consider starting a firework desensitisation programme now, to gently get your pet used to fireworks sounds and help reduce their fear.


(For Moderate Phobias):

10 DAYS to go

Start giving Scullcap & Valerian Tablets daily.

Create a safe place – A pet crate covered with a heavy blanket, containing treats, favourite toys and a water bowl provides a nice hidey-hole for a pet to escape to. Give your pet time to get used to it and never force them to go in.


ONE DAY to go

If necessary, double the amount of Scullcap & Valerian Tablets (or start giving now – it’s never too late!).

ID check – Make sure your pet’s microchip details are up to date and they are wearing a collar with an ID tag, so that if they escape, they can be quickly and safely returned.


The BIG DAY

Keep giving the Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets at a higher rate but give the evening tablet(s) before dusk.

Take them for an early walk – Go for a long walk earlier in the day while it’s still light – before the bangs start!

Act normal – Be a good example by remaining calm yourself. Stay with your pet to reassure them with your presence and respond to their signs of fear with calming words but try to behave as normally as possible.

Keep the noise out – The background noise from TVs and radios can help provide a simple solution for noise phobia in dogs (don’t be tempted to turn them up above normal though), make sure windows are firmly covered and all external doors are shut.

Top Tip

Split the daily recommended number of Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets across AM and PM and double this amount on the day that a scary event is anticipated. Don’t forget to have our Valerian Compound for Dogs ready to give as a fast-acting top-up, if needed.

What is it that they say about ‘the best-laid plans’…? For situations where you are ‘caught-out’, for example, thunderstorms or an unexpected fireworks display, our liquid Valerian Compound for Dogs is a great short-term and quicker-acting option. If you have a fearful cat, they especially love it if a few drops are placed on a cloth wherever they sleep, to help them relax. Dorwest Valerian Drops can also be used alongside Scullcap & Valerian Tablets for a ‘top-up’ if needed.

Trusted by pet owners and veterinary professionals for over 50 years, the active herbs in both of these products help to naturally support the calming pathways within the nervous system, reducing your dog’s anxiety without immobilising muscles or causing drowsiness. They don’t make pets dopey or wobbly – in fact, our Scullcap & Valerian products are widely used for agility and show dogs when they need to be alert and focussed, but calm.

We have received so many lovely testimonials about how our Scullcap & Valerian products have helped restore calm in households that were often ruled by their four-legged family members’ anxiety and fear – so we really hope they can help you and your pet get through fireworks season stress-free too.

We’ve recently made a few changes to our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets:


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Scullcap and Valerian Tablets can help to naturally reduce your pet`s stress or anxiety, without drowsiness.

FROM: £11.50

Valerian Compound For Dogs And CatsValerian Compound For Dogs And Cats
Valerian Compound for dogs and cats is a quick acting solution to calm and control anxiety and hyperactivity.

FROM: £10.90

Find out more about how to calm your dog during fireworks night or get in touch with one of our experienced advisors to learn more about our Scullcap and Valerian for dogs. Call us on 01308 897272 or use our contact form. Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50.

Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.


There’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book with your dog by your side (especially if the book is all about dogs!). With this in mind, we’re going to help you celebrate “National Reading a Book Day” on Sunday September 6th by rounding up some inspiring dog books which you might like to enjoy. Plus, we’ll explore the benefits of reading to dogs too. So, grab those reading glasses & get ready to choose your next dog book…

THE PAWFECT EXCUSE TO READ A GOOD DOG BOOK…

As you may know, reading at any age can;

Help reduce stress

Aid sleep

Expand vocabulary

Offer an opportunity to escape the realities of life

And these are just some of the many reasons to enjoy National Reading a Book Day with a good dog book. But did you know reading to dogs also has benefits, specifically for children? The benefits of children reading to dogs include increased confidence to read out loud (as dogs don’t judge) and speech improvement. Dogs can help make reading fun for children when it might have previously been a source of stress.

Thankfully, there are a number of charities and social enterprises across the UK which help to take dogs into schools for this very reason. The Kennel Club have created their Bark and Read Foundation, funded by the Kennel Club Educational Trust, to promote such work. The foundation provides money to charities such as Pets as Therapy, enabling more volunteers to go to schools with their dogs. This helps even more children to reap the benefits from reading to dogs. The dogs enjoy the company and attention too.

A SELECTION OF DOG BOOKS TO ENJOY…

So, we know the benefits of reading to dogs but the hard part can be deciding which book to read! Hopefully, we can make this decision a little easier with our round-up below:

1. Adventures in Petlandia by Petlandia

To kickstart our list, we thought we’d start with a children’s dog book. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your child could read a book, starring their very own four-legged friend? Well, they can!

With the help of Petlandia, your dog can become the star of a book. With a few clicks of a button, you can personalise “Adventures in Petlandia” with your own pet, hometown and owners name. Wonderful, eye-catching illustrations help make this not only a good book to read but a keepsake too.

2. Lucy’s Law by Marc Abraham

Over the last few years, there have been a number of powerful non-fiction books featuring some inspirational dogs. One of the most recent releases is this one, which shares the incredible story of a little dog who changed the world.

This little dog is Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was born into a Welsh puppy farm in 2008. The book chronicles her journey from puppy farmed dog to forging a path for change in puppy farming practices. This change culminated in a new law being passed which came into effect this year; Lucy’s Law. This is a true rags to riches story and goes to show how dogs and people can work together to bring about positive change in the world.

3. Fabulous Finn by Dave Wardell & Lynne Barrett-Lee

If you’re looking for dog books which showcase bravery and determination, this has to be the one! The book focuses on the true story of Finn, a German Shepherd police dog who was stabbed in the line of duty in 2016. He saved his handlers life by taking the brunt of a 10-inch blade.

Whilst Finn almost paid the ultimate price to protect his handler and apprehend a violent criminal, there’s a lot more to his story. From starting his Police journey at 9 months old, to finding missing children and enjoying his retirement, this book shares it all. Not only are there extreme levels of bravery showcased in this book but at the heart of it, there’s the love between dog and human.

4. Lily & The Octopus by Steven Rowley

Whilst this dog book has been around for a number of years, it still remains one to add to your book shelf, if it’s not there already. As pet parents, we all know the amazing companionship our dogs provide to us. Lily the Dachshund and her owner Ted are the focus of this fiction delight.

This novel beautifully summarises this special relationship and all the twists and turns which come with loving a dog; including saying goodbye. If you love Marley and Me, then this book is likely to strike a chord with you. You’ll need a tissue or two but expect a number of smiles along the way too.

5. Olive, Mabel & Me by Andrew Cotter

You might have found some light relief via these three on social media over the last few months. For those who don’t know, Andrew Cotter is a professional sports commentator…who started commentating on the antics of his two Labradors, Olive and Mabel, during lockdown. Needless to say, they all picked up a legion of firm fans which has led to a brand-new book all about their lives together. It may be a little late for National Read a Book Day, as it’s available on the 15th October, but at least you can pre-order now!

WHICH DOG BOOKS ARE YOU GOING TO CHOOSE?

Hopefully, you’ve found our little round-up of dog books helpful. Which one are you going to choose for your new read? We’d love to hear which dog books get your vote. Let us know in the comments below or via social media.

Dorwest Herbs have been working with dogs for almost 70 years and are the leading UK provider of herbal pet supplements.

To find out more about our products including our range of natural shampoos and herbal supplements for dogs, get in touch with our experts today on 01308 897 272. Alternatively, email us at info@dorwest.com or fill out our online contact form.  Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50 and 10% off full-priced products for life when you join the Dorwest Loyalty Club.


There are times in the year when we all may spend a little more time at home than usual. Whether it’s the annual school summer holidays or unexpected situations, such as COVID19. But what happens when the realities of daily life come back into play? Returning to work and school can feel un-settling to us but even more so for your four-legged friend. The good news is, there’s plenty you can do to help support your dog during these transition phases. The aim of this blog post is to share some top tips for overcoming separation anxiety in dogs, which can occur during such changes at home…


What Is Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

Separation anxiety in dogs occurs when they get excessively stressed when you’re not with them. According to The RSPCA, research suggests 8 out of 10 dogs suffer from separation anxiety. As social animals, it’s understandable to see why so many do. Dogs commonly display this in a number of ways within the first 30 minutes of you leaving, some of which you may have mistaken for simple bad behaviour:


•             Barking / howling

•             Pacing, panting and shaking

•             Destruction

•             Toileting inside


Nobody likes to think of their dog becoming anxious and thankfully, there are a number of ways to help your dog’s separation anxiety.


1. Start To Recreate Their New Routine Early

Your dog is likely to have enjoyed your extra company over the last few weeks or months. To go from lots of activity at home to sudden quietness can leave your dog feeling anxious. Imagine if roles were reversed and your dog suddenly wasn’t with you – no doubt you’d feel anxious too. Therefore, when you know your home is due to become quieter e.g. returning to school or work, preparation in advance is a good starting point.

When our families are back to school or you’re back to work, it’s more likely you’ll have a regular routine e.g. wake-up time, feeding time, walkies etc. If you know what your routine is likely to be, try to recreate it in the days and weeks leading up to it really happening. This way, your dog isn’t too confused and there is an element of routine in place, which dogs like.


2. Encourage Them To Spend Some Time On Their Own

Dogs are often described as “little heartbeats at our feet.” Whilst it’s a wonderful feeling to have our dogs with us all the time, it’s important to acknowledge your dog needs to be content spending some time alone too. Firstly, ensure they have a safe and comfortable space to be when you’re not with them. With this in place, you can start encouraging them to stay on their bed and reward this with a treat (e.g food, a toy, attention). Build up the distance between you both gradually and consistently and never punish your dog if they don’t do as you’ve asked.

For example, start with them staying on their bed when you’re just a few steps away and eventually build up to them being in a room or part of the house on their own. You can then build up to leaving the house for short periods of time, with the aim of building up to an hour without any displays of separation anxiety. Once you’re past this point, most dogs are content with being left for longer periods of time e.g. a couple of hours. All of the above helps to show your dog you will be back. Patience is key.

When you do leave the house, do so calmly and without too much fuss too, as this may make your dog anxious.


3. Keep Them Occupied

Mental boredom can lead to dog separation anxiety too, so consider how you can keep your dog entertained. Firstly, taking them on a good walk before you leave them is advisable. This way they’ve had some special one-to-one time with you, they’ve had fun and they’ve also minimised any excess energy. A good sleep is likely to be welcomed by them!

Secondly, consider leaving a long-lasting toy such as a Kong. These toys can be beneficial as you can stuff them with food, such a peanut butter (without xylitol). Your dog will need to work hard to get it, so a good dose of mental stimulation is provided.

The key with any toy you leave is that it’s safe (e.g. no choking hazard) and its special e.g. it’s only present when you’re not at home with them. However, it may be sensible to test in advance with your dog first, so you can foresee any potential issues with whatever you decide to leave with your dog.

It’s also important to be mindful of your dog’s weight too, so if they’re having extra food treats, minimise the amount you give them for breakfast/dinner.


4. A Bit Of Extra Company

Your dog may have become used to the humdrum of family life. For example, is the radio or TV usually on when you’re home? Consider repeating common habits such as these when you’re not at home, to provide your dog with some consistency and some added company. For example, there are special ‘pet music’ playlists available via Spotify which your dog might like to try.

You may also want to consider leaving an item of clothing or an old towel with your scent on to support your dog too. Just be mindful they can’t hurt themselves on your item of clothing (avoid buttons and zips) and perhaps avoid doing so if your dog is known to chew.

If you know you’re going to be out of the house for a period of more than 4 hours, consider a dog walker or sitter who can pop in and spend some quality time with your dog. This extra bit of company can really help to break up the day for your dog and ensure they’re receiving toilet breaks too.


5. Check In At Home

No doubt you’ll be pining for your dog as much as he or she will be for you. Thankfully we live in a technological age which means there are plenty of cameras you can install at home to keep an eye on them. There are varying price ranges available for all budgets. Sync with your phone & you can put your mind at ease and intervene if necessary, e.g return home earlier than planned.

Using such technology also gives you a better idea of exactly how your dog copes when you’re not there so you can introduce further assistance if required. Knowledge is power, plus it’s comforting to see your dog when you’re not physically at home.


6. Some Extra Help…

Some dogs may require a little extra help with their separation anxiety. We have two main ways of helping you with this. Firstly, our Scullcap and Valerian Tablets for Dogs can be introduced in anticipation of changes at home. The earlier you start, the better the results are likely to be. The tablets help to relax your dog gently without drowsiness or sedation. They work as the herbs are nervines which help to naturally relax the nervous system. This reduces anxiety but doesn’t sedate muscles.

If your dog’s separation anxiety is particularly worse on a specific day, you may want to try Valerian Compound too. This can be added directly to their mouth or food or sprinkled on their bedding. It is fast acting, so within just 30 minutes, you should notice changes in your dog’s behaviour. The effects are short-lived so it’s recommended you combine with the Scullcap and Valerian Tablets for longer lasting results.

Other extra help can be found via a clinical animal behaviourist. They may be able to identify some further ways to support your dog with separation anxiety training. Alternatively, they may uncover other potential issues which may help with your dog’s separation anxiety once addressed.


Ready To Go Back To Work Or School?

So, do you feel prepared for your return to work or school now? Fingers crossed the above will enable you to prepare your dog and minimise separation anxiety. Let us know if you feel ready and if there’s anything we can do to help.


Buy Dorwest Scullcap and Valerian Tablets online or get in touch with our experts today to find out more on 01308 897 272. Alternatively, email us at info@dorwest.com or fill out our online contact form.  Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50 and 10% off full-priced products for life when you join the Dorwest Loyalty Club.


Like humans, dogs can experience common issues with their dental hygiene if their teeth and gums are not regularly maintained. Left untreated, dogs dental hygiene issues can be both painful for your dog and expensive for you. The good news is there are a number of small, consistent canine dental care actions you can take to help your dog with their dental hygiene. Here, we share are our top tips to help you create a canine dental care routine for your dog so you can help keep their dental care in tip-top shape…

Common Dog Dental Health & Hygiene Issues

PLAQUE & TARTAR:  If you’ve seen inside your dog’s mouth, you may have seen what appears to be brown staining on their teeth. This is, in fact, likely to be a build-up of plaque & tartar. By removing plaque from your dog’s teeth, you can prevent gum disease which leads to gingivitis.

BAD BREATH (GINGIVITIS): This is probably the most well-known dental issue with dogs. Many of us have been on the receiving end of our dog’s smelly breath. Sometimes this is caused by little ‘treats’ they’ve decided to chew during walkies but chronic bad breath can be a sign of other issues which need investigating, such as gingivitis, which is caused by gum disease.

BREED: Some dogs are more prone to canine dental issues than others due to their breed. This is often due to the shape of their face, such as sighthounds or flat-faced breeds. For example, teeth overcrowding can lead to a build-up of food which can lead to gum disease.

That being said, dogs of the same breed, in the same household, with the same diet etc may have completely different dental hygiene issues. If your dog is a breed prone to dental issues, it means you might have to work a little harder to maintain a regular dental care routine for your dog. It can be done though…

MOUTH INJURIES: These are caused by foreign bodies such as stones which could crack teeth or sticks which could cut the inside of your dog’s mouth. If left untreated, this can lead to infection. Perhaps bringing your dog’s own toys such as tennis balls on walkies may help deter them from picking up things which may cause them harm and prevent any dental issues.


How To Create A Canine Dental Care Routine…

So, how you do help to improve your dog’s dental health? Creating a regular canine dental care routine for your dog can certainly help. Find our top tips below to help you create such a routine for healthy dog teeth.


TIP 1: SCRUB THOSE PEARLY WHITES

Introducing your dog to regular teeth checks and cleaning* as early as possible is highly recommended. This will help you monitor the condition of your dog’s teeth and gums and help maintain them too. Even if you have an older dog, there’s still an opportunity to create a canine dental care routine.

When starting anything new, such as teeth checking and cleaning, do so gradually and make the experience fun for your dog. We may have just the thing to help make the experience more appealing for your four-legged friend; our roast dinner toothpaste! This could be a great way to tempt your dog to try teeth brushing. Our natural toothpaste for dogs not only tastes good, it also helps reduce the build-up of any dental plaque, which can often lead to tartar and gum disease. It contains sage oil which is an anti-oxidant and has more than a dozen antiseptic compounds; a great way to help keep those gums healthy.

There is an array of different tooth brushes available from those similar to our own human ones, to special rubber fingers brushes, which may make access easier and less daunting for your dog. The key is to make the experience as positive as possible, so be patient and take time to build-up to teeth cleaning.

If you want some additional help tackling the odours associated with bad breath, our Neutradog Tablets can be a perfect way to help neutralise some of these smells! It contains chlorophyllin, parsley, seaweed and mint which all work together to help keep those smells at bay.

Our Garlic and Fenugreek Tablets For Dogs can also aid the treatment of gingivitis due to their antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-viral properties and anti-inflammatory compounds. They combine to provide symptomatic relief and can support the immune system by increasing resistance to infections. A great way to support your dog’s fight against gum disease, which leads to gingivitis.

*Always ensure you use special dog toothpastes, not human products, which can be toxic.


TIP 2: KEEP THAT PLAQUE AWAY

Providing your dog with an opportunity to chew regularly can be a great contributor to healthy teeth and gums. Natural chews such as antlers, raw chicken wings or yak milk chews can help to naturally clean their teeth by removing any loose plaque. Specific dental chews to reduce your dog’s plaque are also available.

When selecting a chew for your dog, consider your dog’s size and always ensure you are monitoring your dog. This will help to avoid any potential choking hazards. It’s worth noting, some dental chews can contain a number of calories. Keep a close eye on your dog’s weight and act accordingly if you notice their weight creeping up.

Another way to minimise plaque is by using our Fragaria 3C. These work by softening tartar which makes it easier to remove from encrusted teeth. It also helps to slow down and prevent the formation of new plaque deposits too. These tablets are very small, making them easy to swallow for your dog. Take a peek at some of our reviews to read the experiences of other dog owners.


TIP 3: GOOD DIET

Diet can also play a role in your dog’s dental hygiene. Ensuring part of their diet requires chewing can be beneficial to maintain their gleaming teeth. The reason for this? Some foods which require a little more chewing than others can help to gently remove plaque, without your dog even realising.


TIP 4: STAY CONSISTENT

When combined, the above can all work really well together to help keep your dog’s dental hygiene in peak condition. It’s worth noting there is one thing which is needed to make them all work though: consistency. Doing all of the above regularly and maintaining a canine dental care routine gives your dog the best chance of having a happy mouth.


The Time For Dental Work…

Sometimes despite all your efforts, it may be necessary for your dog to have some additional professional help. This can take a form of a thorough dental assessment and deep clean under anaesthetic. This is a great incentive to keep on top of your dog’s dental health to help you minimise this possibility. If you’re ever concerned about your dog’s dental hygiene or note any changes, always consult your veterinary professional.


Ready To Create A Regular Canine Dental Care Regime For Your Dog?

So, there you have it! 4 key steps to try to help your dog keep plaque, tartar and gum disease at bay. Are you ready to a create a regular canine dental care routine for your dog? Check out the video below to watch Jo and her whippet Betsy show you how you can introduce tooth brushing into your routine…

For more information on Dorwest Herbs natural dog toothpaste or any of our herbal supplements for dogs, get in touch with one of our experienced advisors. Call us today on 01308 897272 or use our contact form. Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50 and 10% off full priced products for life when you join the Dorwest Loyalty Club.

Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.

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Have you ever wanted to introduce herbal pet care to your dog but don’t know where to start? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to help you start your herbal pet care journey with your very own beginners guide. You’ll discover how to get started, learn about some of our recommended herbal products for dogs and explore what support is available to you.

Some of our ‘everyday essentials’ dog supplements

One of the most common reasons for purchasing herbal products for dogs is to promote good general health. Whilst some herbal dog care products can be used to treat specific issues, at Dorwest Herbs have our four ‘Everyday Essentials’ which can be a perfect way to help maintain a happy dog. A lot of these work well together too. These all-rounders include:

Keepers Mix: Our unique blend of eight herbs to support all-round health. This is our top selling dietary supplement for dogs, and we know why – it gives your dog’s diet a super-boost and helps maintain the condition of their skin and coat.

Omega Star: A beautiful blend of Omega oils combine to nourish skin, restore coat shine and promote hair growth. Just think of those lovely, shiny locks! Easy to add to your dog’s food and the results speak for themselves.

Garlic and Fenugreek: These come in tablet form and are the perfect herbal supplement for dog’s to boost their immune system. They can also provide relief for dog’s who struggle with arthritis, minor infections and skin conditions too. This is all thanks to the anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-viral properties.

Green Releaf: This is another great all-rounder to support your dog’s health. These also come in tablet form and have natural anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, anti-bacterial and pain-relieving properties. This dietary supplement for dogs is beneficial as a natural option for pets on a raw diet.

How to decide which products to choose?

Thankfully, there is a lot of support available to help you with choosing the right herbal products for your dog’s needs:

The Dorwest Herbs website: With options such as shop by condition, A-Z of common problems & regular blog posts, our website is a great first step to understanding herbal pet care and all the benefits it can bring. From allergies to whelping and all that’s in between, you can find it here.

Dorwest Herbs social media platforms: You can discover lots of helpful information via our Facebook, Instagram & Twitter platforms. Our very own MD, Jo Boughton-White, hosts various Live Q&A’s regularly too, providing you with exclusive access to learn all about herbal pet care and our range of herbal products for dogs. We also have a fantastic Facebook Group where our followers share information and experiences. Our advisor’s are also on hand in there. Come and join in, we’d love to see you.

Get on the ‘dog & bone’ to our advisors: To discuss more specific issues surrounding herbal dog care, speak to one of our advisors on the phone.

How to introduce fussy eaters to herbal supplements

Is your dog a fussy eater? We’ve got you covered.As with any changes you make to your dog’s lifestyle and diet, do so gradually. It may be useful to consult your vet before making any changes too, especially if your dog is on existing medication. All our herbal supplements for dogs are suitable to be used for dogs over 8 weeks of age (with Tree Barks Powder available from weaning age).

Our products come in a range of varieties from tablets and oils to herbs sprinkled on their food. It’s always helpful to consider how your dog may take to these. For example, many dogs love nothing more than wolfing down their daily dosage but what if your dog is a fussy eater? With herbs like our Keeper’s Mix for Dogs, the key really is to introduce it gradually and in smaller doses to begin with. You can also consider mixing with natural yogurt or even mashed up banana initially.

If the product you’ve chosen comes in tablet form, you might want to consider crushing them and sprinkling over your dog’s food. Or you may choose to wrap the tablets in something tasty instead (or they’ll just accept it as a yummy treat – so many do!).

What about the dosage?

All our herbal products for dogs are carefully labelled with full instructions about dosage and ingredients. This means we’re able to meet the needs of all dogs, large and small. We recommend giving half the daily quantity of any products in the morning and half in the evening. Our latest herbal pet care catalogue provides a clear breakdown of all the products and dosage levels.

Remember, if you’re still unsure, just contact our advisors. They’ll happily provide any advice you need specifically for your dog. No question is too big or too small, so always feel free to reach out and ask.

How long until you see results?

Herbal pet care can deliver some wonderful results. As with all things in life, the best things take a little time. With this in mind, we recommend giving herbal products at least a month to start working their magic and delivering some results. However, some of our supplements for dogs, e.g. Valerian Compound, have a much faster effect.

Ready to begin your dog’s herbal pet care journey?

Hopefully, you’re now closer to beginning your herbal pet care journey with your dog. Are you excited?! Let us know how you’re going to start (and if we can support you in any way). We’d love to hear from you and learn about your dog’s progress.

Buy Dorwest Herbs herbal supplements for dogs online with free UK delivery on orders over £50 or get in touch with our friendly team of experts on 01308 897 272 or email us on info@dorwest.com. Enjoy 10% off full priced products for life when you join the Dorwest Loyalty Club.

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