Keep your pet calm this Firework Season

We know how distressing it can be when your dog has anxiety or is afraid. With ‘fireworks season’ becoming longer and less predictable, managing your fearful pet is more challenging than ever. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help. Our Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Valerian Compound naturally relax your pet without causing drowsiness. This is great for keeping your dog calmer around the fireworks season. Best results are seen when used alongside gentle and consistent behavioural training, such as noise desensitisation programmes, allowing a sense of calm in your household during fireworks.

Save 25% when you purchase a Calming Combo Pack.

Whether it’s 1 month or 1 day before bonfire night, there is always something that can be done to help your pet with their fireworks fear!

Calming Combo Pack - SML Calming Combo Pack - SML

Small Combo Pack contains: Scullcap & Valerian Tablets - 100 & Valerian Compound - 30ml

£17.40

Calming Combo Pack - MED Calming Combo Pack - MED

Medium Combo Pack contains: Scullcap & Valerian Tablets - 200 & Valerian Compound - 30ml

£24.00

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Large Combo Pack contains: Scullcap & Valerian Tablets - 500 & Valerian Compound - 30ml

£40.50

Calming Combo Pack - XL Calming Combo Pack - XL

XL Combo Pack contains: Scullcap & Valerian Tablets - 1,000 & Valerian Compound - 100ml

£77.55


Are you ready?

Tip: Consider starting firework desensitisation programmes for their dog anxiety. Gently introduce the sound of fireworks to your pet in the hope of helping them realise that they have nothing to fear.

Tip: Creating a safe, snug area for your pet to retreat to if they feel anxious helps them if they feel things are getting a bit too much to handle. A pet crate covered with a heavy blanket helps block some of the noise

Tip: Make sure that 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 to you

Tip: TVs and radios can help provide some background noise. Act normal. Your pet looks to you for cues as to whether they need to be worried so stay with your pet to reassure them with your presence.

Firework fear?

Bespoke Calming Advice Plan for your pet!

We understand that all pets are different and have levels of fear which can be hard to know how to deal with. Anxiety in dogs and cats is far more common than you may think.


We are offering a calming plan personalised for your pet, written by our experienced product advisors. This contains advice on how to use our products to help them settle this
fireworks season.


Simply, click the button below to fill in our form and our
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Scullcap & Valerian Tablets


Specially selected active herbs work together to help reduce stress, fear and anxiety in pets.

Uses: Give daily. For moderate phobias start using Scullcap & Valerian Tablets ten days before. For more severe phobias and dog anxiety, start one month before.
Best used as a course.

Best used as a course.

Administration Instructions:

Dogs and cats: 1 Scullcap & Valerian Tablet for every 5kg bodyweight per day, ideally splitting morning and night.

When the stressful situation is at its worst, this amount can be doubled to keep your cat or dog calmer.

Give the second administration 2 hours before dusk and maintain double amounts for as long as necessary.

Valerian Compound


Dorwest Valerian drops contain pure extracts of three herbs in liquid form, which ensure it acts within just 30 minutes.

Uses: Can be used for unplanned events and especially frightening ‘one-off’ situations, and as an addition to Scullcap & Valerian Tablets as a ‘top-up’

Administration Instructions:

Dogs: By mouth or in food.
Small dogs: 1/4 tsp
Medium dogs: 1/2 tsp
Large dogs: 1 tsp
Giant breeds: 1 – 1 1/2 tsp

Cats: A few drops on bedding and a further 1/4 tsp by mouth or in food when fireworks are severe. You can also use the Dorwest Valerian Compound for other stressful situations.


Why herbals are a good choice for noise anxiety

We’re excited to welcome vet specialist, Holly Mash to the Dorwest team!

Holly is a vet specialising in herbal medicine for animals. She qualified from Bristol University in 2001 and was the first vet in the UK to gain a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Herbal Medicine.

Here’s what Holly has to say about how herbs can help pets to stay calm on Fireworks night…

There’s no reason that Fireworks needs to be a nightmare for your pet. With the right herbal support and behavioural strategies, you can help them to stay calm and relaxed as the bangs begin.

Whether they are a quivering wreck or just a little unsettled, giving your anxious dog or cat Scullcap & Valerian Tablets or liquid Valerian Compound from Dorwest Herbs can help them to cope on Bonfire Night.

Scullcap and valerian are traditional herbs that have been used for centuries as ‘nervines’ to help settle and soothe the nervous system. Using herbs, rather than pharmaceutical sedatives is a gentler approach to helping your pet to stay calm.

It’s not only the overtly anxious pets that can benefit from a helping hand on Bonfire night. Dogs, and especially cats, often hide the sign that they are feeling frightened. Giving these individuals some herbal support can help the to feel more relaxed and better able to cope on Bonfire night. This is also a good strategy to help prevent noise phobia’s from occurring in future. These herbs work with the body, strengthening the nervous system and helping your pet to develop calm responses and to reduce their anxiety. Scientific research has shown that active flavonoids, (plant chemicals), in both these herbs help to support the ‘feel good’ brain chemicals, helping to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Phytochemicals within these two herbs act to positively reinforce the actions of Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a key inhibitory neurotransmitter within the central nervous system.

Lastly, it’s important to use herbal supports alongside the right behavioural strategies to help your pet to stay as calm and relaxed as possible on November 5th.

Have a safe and anxiety free Bonfire night!


How do these differ from others designed to calm pets?

The active herbs in Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Valerian Compound work to naturally support the calming pathways within the nervous system. This reduces anxiety by relaxing pets without immobilising muscles or causing drowsiness.

They don’t make pets dopey or wobbly. In fact, our Dorwest Valerian Compound and Scullcap & Valerian for dogs are widely used for agility and show dogs when they need to be alert and focused, but calm.

Are they safe?

Dorwest Scullcap and Valerian and Valerian Compound are trusted by pet owners and veterinary professionals across the world and used in all shapes and sizes of cats and dogs. The only situation that we are unable to recommend Scullcap and Valerian Tablets for dogs is during pregnancy or lactation. This is due to the difficulties of performing specific safety tests. If you do have a specific concern, please don’t sit and worry – we are always available via our advice line on 01308 897 272.

Do they really work?

Our Dorwest Scullcap and Valerian Tablets and Valerian Compound are tried and tested by pet owners and veterinary professionals from around the globe. For over 50 years now, these have been relied upon to help anxiety and fear in pets. From helping those pets with a naturally ‘nervy’ personality to full-on fireworks phobias, there are countless testimonials about how these products have helped restore calm in households that were previously ruled by their four-legged family members’ anxiety and fears.

How are they best used?

Preparation is key, so if you know your cat or dog on bonfire night is afraid of fireworks, or suffers with another noise phobia, it’s good to start planning ahead. Ideally, you want to start at least a month in advance of the expected event. During this time, our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets, when given daily, can help naturally relax your pet and make sure that they are in a calmer state when the scary noises start. For best results in reducing anxiety in dogs and cats, use our products alongside gentle and regular behavioural training. It’s never too late though and even if you only start Scullcap and Valerian the day or so before that scary event, your pet will still benefit. For situations where you are ‘caught-out’ (for example thunderstorms or an unexpected fireworks display), our Dorwest Valerian Compound liquid is a great short-term and quicker-acting option. Valerian drops for dogs can be administered orally, or cats especially love it if a few drops are placed on a cloth wherever they sleep to help them relax. Valerian Compound can also be used alongside Scullcap and Valerian Tablets as a ‘top-up’.


Don’t just take our word for it…

“I can honestly say the change in her overall behaviour is quite remarkable! She’s so much calmer and doesn’t look her usual nervous self. We also go on a lot of holidays and Tink can get quite anxious in the car so I give her the Valerian Compound, in addition to the tablets, just to help her settle and the combination of the two products works wonders for her. It’s truly amazing that I can help Tink feel less anxious by giving her a natural product that actually works!”
Sophie & Tink



“Following a recommendation, I bought the Scullcap & Valerian Tablets plus the Valerian Compound for my Lurcher and Border Terrier who are terrified of fireworks. I didn’t feel very optimistic that these would be of any help as have tried many things over the years with no effect. How wrong I was. I started giving them the tablets twice a day, about 3 weeks before bonfire night. I then doubled the dose as recommended on Saturday before bonfire night and continued all week with the double dose. The effect was amazing! They have been totally calm and slept through even the loudest bangs. Have only given them the liquid on bonfire night as expected a lot of noise and they have slept through it all. Very, very happy with the result and so relieved I have found something that works”.
Joan Jamieson (Trustpilot)


“I have a 7yr old Staffie that I rescued last year and he was so terrified of loud noises and fireworks. He would hyper-ventilate and push himself into the smallest, tightest spaces to hide, it was heart-breaking to see! This year we tried him on the Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Valerian Compound and they made a huge difference. He will never like loud noises, they still upset him but he was so much calmer this year. Definitely glad we tried these”.
Morag McDonald (Trustpilot)





Read more on the blog

For more information on how to calm a dog during fireworks, take a look at some of our blogs and videos or get in touch! We’ve also discussed a range of common dog anxiety topics and how you can support them.


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