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Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets

Scullcap & Valerian Tablets are produced for dogs and cats to promote calmness and help relax excited, apprehensive or nervous individuals. Scullcap & Valerian can be used for dogs which become over excited or nervous on car journeys, or many other situations.

The ultimate herbal combination in a sugar-coated tablet, invaluable to calm and relax dogs and cats suffering from excitability, apprehension, phobias or hyperactivity. Widely used and particularly effective for those suffering from noise phobias as a result of fireworks, thunderstorms or gunfire. Does not cause drowsiness or impair normal behaviour or performance, making it suitable for those who just need to be settled for showing, travelling, training or obedience work.

Use in combination with Dorwest Organic Valerian Compound for the perfect combination to tackle anxiety during the fireworks season.

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Extract Valerian 5:1 50mg; Extract Mistletoe 3:1 50mg; Scullcap 30mg; Extract Gentian 2:1 24mg.

Feeding Guidelines

Cat/Small Dog
under 10kg
Medium Dogs
10 - 25 kg
Large Dogs
25 - 45kg
Giant Breeds
above 45 kg
Daily Maintenance Rate
4 - 6
6 - 8
8 - 10
Singular Occasions
2 x 2
2 x 4 - 6
2 x 6 - 8
2 x 8 - 10

1-2 tablets per 5kgs bodyweight daily, ideally given as two split doses, depending on the severity of the condition. For use on singular occasions, give 12 hours and 2 hours before event using the higher rate.

  • Use during pregnancy and lactation: Not recommended
  • Age from which can be used: 8 weeks of age
  • Interactions: Can be given in conjunction with any other medication
  • Long or short term use: Both as the condition requires
  • Special warnings: Epilepsy should only be treated in consultation with a veterinary surgeon
  • Sugar coated tablet: Yes

Always read the label

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Questions & Answers for Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets

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21st Aug 2015

is the mistletoe extract in this product harmful or can it cause side effects for cats and dogs?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

Extensive, independent, scientific tests have not been conducted on this product and so it could be argued that nobody knows the answer to your question. However this and similar products have been given very widely over a reasonable period of time and it is believed that if there were any such problems, they would have become apparent by now. They have not, so we can be reasonably confident that this product is safe for cats and dogs and is not associated with side any effects. That is certainly our belief and we would not sell it without suitable warnings if we were aware of any ill effects.


22nd Jul 2015

I have a 7 mth old Shetland sheepdog that goes to bits in the show ring will this help her and do u give every day

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

These tablets are well worth trying. Some dogs seem to respond better to them than others (some dogs hardly respond at all) but we have had many reports of very good results. They are worth using every day initially, but as time goes by you should try to reduce the amount you give on "normal" days, just increasing at more crucial times.

Entire males

6th May 2015
Paula Flitcroft

Would these work on Entire males that live with bitches when they come into season?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

Not very well!

They will probably take the edge off the male dogs' excitement, but they are not as powerful as the urge to reproduce. Keeping the dogs out of sight or smell of each other would be much better if you can organise it. There are prescription treatments which a vet can give to calm down males in this sort of situation (usually given by injection) so you could ask your vet about this.

Scull cap & Valerian alonside prescription medication

15th Mar 2015

I have a very stressed and reactive rescued collie with an unknown past, though Xrays show he has had some major trauma to his rear.
My vet has prescribed Gabapentin for the obvious nerve pain, and also Fluoxetine (Prozac) to try and relax him.
I would prefer to use herbal medication to calm him and wondered if Scullcap & Valerian would have any reaction with Gabapentin and if it could be used instead of Fluoxetine.

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This is a well tried and tested natural remedy, though it has not been through rigorous scientific testing and evaluation in the way which pharmaceutical medicines have. It is in fact very unlikely to be involved with any sort of adverse reaction when given with gabapentin, but an absolute guarantee is not possible. Many dogs will probably respond more reliably to fluoxitine than this herbal product, but not all. You would have to try it to find out. In either case, well-informed behavioural training at the same time could help massively, so you should take some expert advice on this ideally too. I hope things go well.

Travel sickness

6th Feb 2015

I have a Lhasa iso he 15 months I don't drive when a have to go in a car my dog drool then he is sick is there anything you can suggest for him

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This product might well make him a bit more relaxed about things, but will probably not be fully effective by itself. There are two other things you can do. One is to try and get your dog used to the car more. Try and get in the car, start the engine and sit there for a short while. Before he starts to drool, stop the engine, get out of the car and give him a treat. You can gradually build up from hardly getting into the car, to driving around the block then getting out and giving the treat. Most dogs will be "trained" out of being car sick by doing this. You need to make the experience very short, more frequent than before, and end with a treat. Try to do this every day if you can, but make it a game and end with a treat, some praise, or a fun game. Your dog will grow to love the car before long. The other thing you can try for long journeys is fresh ginger. 30 minutes before you leave, give a small snack, flavoured with some fresh, grated ginger root, and it seems to reduce drooling and feeling nauseous.

Herbal v ACP

31st Jan 2015

Our 18 month old Patterdale cross is due to travel with us on a 24 hour sea crossing soon for the first time and we are not sure whether to go down the herbal route or whether ACP would be best to prevent possible sea sickness and relax her in the on board kennels.

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This depends how your dog reacts to journeys in general. If your dog gets very upset than your vet might well prescribe some ACP, but most dogs do not need sedating for a boat journey. Herbal calming products are often a mild, safe help and prove to be adequate, especially if you can be calm, positive and quietly reassuring in your own manner towards your dog. This aspect is very important whenever meeting a completely new experience.

Would they help with Separation Anxiety?

30th Jan 2015
Lynette Marshall

I have an 8 yr old Patterdale who was rescued from an abusive home a year ago. She is the most well behaved, calm and lovely dog, but..... I cannot leave her alone AT ALL. I am willing to try anything as long as it won't harm her.

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

These tablets will probably be a help but will not cure a problem like this by themselves. However it is certainly possible to train a dog out of this problem, but you need to do it very slowly and progressively and with expert advice. I suggest you have a look at and get some help from them. They have lots of experience of getting dogs over this problem. Medication is a help, but is never the answer by itself. Do get some help and you will get your dog to be comfortable when left.

Chemo & Scullcap

7th Jan 2015

We recently lost our 7yr old Maine Coon to Haemangiosarcoma. His litter mate has grieved terribly and just 6wks after the loss of his brother was himself diagnosed with nasal lymphoma. He is currently on Vincristine Chemotherapy. He is pulling lots of fur out, mostly from his stomach & hind legs. Could Scullcap help with his stress? And is it permitted to use with his current meds? Vincristine, chorophosphamide & steroids (preds).

I'd be very grateful for answers. I'm upset terribly by all these events lately.

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This must be very difficult to cope with so I wish you and your cat well. Scullcap could help your cat and would not be at all likely to react adversely with the other medication Personally I would try a Feliway diffuser first. They are often very effective and there is virtually no chance at al of any sort of bad reaction. You can use them all together if you need to.

Good luck!

Scallcap & Valerian vs Valerian Compound

30th May 2014

I have a 7yo Malinois who is on Fluoxetine as he has become increasingly more anxious with life in general. After 6 months I have reduced the dose from 2 to 1 tablet a day and started using Valerian root instead of the 2nd tablet.

I would like to know if Scullcap and Valerian or straight Valerian would be better. I am hoping I can gradually wean him off the Fluoxetine using one of these as an alternative.

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

Different dogs respond in individual ways to these treatments. I think it would be perfectly safe and sensible to add some Scallcap & Valerian or straight Valerian to the treatment and see how things go. I would choose Scallcap & Valerian along with the reduced dose of Fluoxetine and see how it goes. You can then adjust doses according to results and discussions with your vet. You might get some help from a qualified canine behaviourist too. They can sometimes offer really helpful insights in how to mange the situation which are not immediately obvious. See

Restless at night

21st Feb 2014
Susan Rumble
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2013
  • From: Essex, United Kingdom

My 13 year old border terrier is restless at night and can be anxious and restless sometimes in the day. She is on some medication already, vetmedin 1.25mg one pill twice a day, frusemide 20mg x1 daily, denamarin 225mg x1 daily. She is otherwise well and enjoys walks and games in the garden. I would like to try a herbal remedy first before anything stronger. Will the skullcap and valerian be ok with her other medication?if it works can she stay on it long term? Thank you

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

We do hear good reports about the effects of Scullcap and Valerian tablets and they do appear to be very safe when used alone or combined with other medication. Being a herbal remedy there is not however the scientific backing for them which exists with licensed medications. On balance they are well worth trying and you can assess the helpfulness yourself. They should be very safe, even if given long-term with the other medication.