Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets

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Naturally reduce your pet’s stress or anxiety with no drowsiness

We know it can be stressful to experience and manage your pet's anxiety but we're here to help, every step of the way. Our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets help to naturally relax your pet, with the active herbs naturally supporting the calming pathways within the nervous system, reducing anxiety without immobilising muscles or causing drowsiness. They don’t make pets dopey or wobbly – in fact they are widely used for agility and show dogs when they need to be alert and focussed, but calm. One of our best-sellers, Scullcap & Valerian Tablets help tackle stress, fear and anxiety, whatever the cause, so you and your pet can relax, no matter what.

How do these tablets work?

The specially selected ingredients in our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets work together to help tackle stress, fear and anxiety in your pet:

- Valerian - helps to support the natural relaxant pathways within the nervous system, without affecting muscles.

- Scullcap - contains a number of valuable compounds including those which bind to the GABA receptor and reduce anxiety.

- Mistletoe - helps to support the natural calming pathways within the nervous system and helps circulation.

- Gentian - supports the other natural active compounds and helps maintain normal liver function

What situations are Scullcap & Valerian Tablets good for?

Our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets help to support the natural calming pathways within the nervous system, making them useful in a variety of challenging situations:

- Noise phobias (fireworks/thunderstorms)

- New home/rescue

- Separation anxiety

- Travelling

- Habitual anxiety

- Canine cognitive dysfunction and associated confusion/disorientation

- Training/performance support

False pregnancy

- dog can become anxious and unsettled

- Hyperactive dogs

- Territorial urine spraying in cats

- Skin sensitivity in nervous dogs

- Conditions that are exacerbated by a heightened state of anxiety or nervous excitability

There are no quick fixes when it comes to successfully helping your dog to manage their anxiety or fears for the long-term. Often, gentle and consistent behavioural work and training are required to help them to respond more positively to stressful situations, which takes time. This process is likely to be more effective when your dog is more relaxed, and this is where Scullcap & Valerian Tablets can help.

When do I need to start giving the tablets?

Our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets should be given daily, ideally splitting the recommended daily amount in two, to give half in the morning and half in the evening. For best results, we advise that Scullcap & Valerian Tablets are used every day for a minimum of three weeks, ideally alongside gentle and consistent behavioural work and training. By reducing anxiety levels to more manageable levels, our Scullcap & Valerian Tablets increase the likelihood that your pet will be more responsive to this training.

For 'one-off' stressful events, our Valerian Compound is a great short-term, quicker-acting option and can also be used alongside Scullcap & Valerian Tablets for a top-up, if needed. Why should I use Dorwest calming products and do they really work? Our constant focus on quality is one of the reasons Scullcap & Valerian Tablets have been used and trusted by pet owners and veterinary professionals worldwide for over 50 years. The other reasons can be found in all the positive feedback from our wonderful customers about how this best seller has helped their pet - something that we're really proud of!

Ingredients Active ingredients:

Valerian root extract 250mg*; mistletoe extract 150mg*; gentian extract 48mg*; scullcap powder 30mg; *Equivalent from extracts

Administration 1 tablet per 5kgs bodyweight daily. Increase to double the quantity as and when required and depending on the severity of the anxiety. Recommended to be used daily for at least 3 weeks. Give half the quantity in the morning and half in the evening.

Use during pregnancy and lactation No

Interactions Can be given in conjunction with other products, but we always recommend consulting your vet if on existing medications.

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Reviews (54)

Summary of Reviews for Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets

Overall 4
Ease Of Use
Value For Money
Absence Of Side Effects
46 out of 54 (85%) customers would recommend this product.
5 stars (27 reviews)
4 stars (18 reviews)
3 stars (3 reviews)
2 stars (0 reviews)
1 stars (6 reviews)

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45 Use to calm our dog before fireworks at New Year and bonfire
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By on 29 December 2020

Works better for our dog than drugs from the vet as they had no effect at all.

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45 Stress buster
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By on 16 November 2020

I found these more effective than Xanax prescribed by the vet for an anxious spaniel who with age is increasing stressed by fireworks and loud noises. Together with a thunder vest these definitely helped and had no side effects.

Customer recommends this product

45 I used this product for a good while for my highly enthusiastic Cocker. It certainly calms him but not his personality
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By on 7 October 2020

Good. But have to enclose tabs in cheese triangle.

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45 Good product
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By on 16 August 2020

Good calms for kennel stay

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45 Seems to make a difference
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By on 6 January 2020

It’s hard to be sure, but I think that these tablets have helped my boy be calmer. He suffers from anxiety eg loud or unexpected noises scare him. He is about 15kg, and so I’ve given him three tablets each day for the last couple of weeks. He seems a bit more able to take things in his stride, and to get over his fears more quickly. He also has Rescue Remedy, which I know helps him. Adding the skullcap and valerian tablets has improved him further. They have to be hidden in food, though.

Customer recommends this product

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Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets, including answers from our team.

6 November 2017 at 8:08pm

Are they safe for long term use


My dog can be snappy and anxious around my other two dogs. Could these be used to take the edge off her aggression on a long term basis?

  • VioVet Staff

These tablets can be given safely on a long term basis and could indeed be helpful. However medication is never the sole answer to these kind of behavioural problems. It would be worth seeking advice from an animal behaviourist at the same time to help the situation. You may find some very useful tips on

5 February 2016 at 2:58pm

Is it safe with epiphen - phenobarbital?

Barbara Krakowska

  • VioVet customer since 2015
  • From: Beds, United Kingdom

Is Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets safe to be given while dog is on phenobarbital to control seizures?? as my dog started to be really anxious-left alone-he howls :( he never did this before..until started to have seizures..and very hyperactive ! will this help to keep him calm while being alone? and help him to be more relaxed rather than hyperactive all the time??
will it help as well with seizures?

  • VioVet Staff

The strictly correct answer would be that (as far as I know) there have not been any rigidly controlled, scientific tests undertaken to find out the answers to your questions. However the Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets are very widely used and so in a an unscientific way, they have been widely used and tested in many situations, including in combination with phenobarbital and other anti-epileptic medications. I have not heard any reports of adverse interactions and the Dorwest tablets are widely regarded as being very safe. I am not convinced they will help with seizure control, but they do seem to be effective in providing a calming influence on many dogs. I do believe they are safe to try and might well help your dog.

21 August 2015 at 4:32pm



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

  • VioVet Staff

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.

22 July 2015 at 5:37am



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

  • VioVet Staff

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.

6 May 2015 at 7:29pm

Entire males

Paula Flitcroft

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

  • VioVet Staff

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.

15 March 2015 at 8:48pm

Scull cap & Valerian alonside prescription medication


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.

  • VioVet Staff

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.

6 February 2015 at 8:49pm

Travel sickness


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

  • VioVet Staff

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.

31 January 2015 at 6:54pm

Herbal v ACP


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.

  • VioVet Staff

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.

30 January 2015 at 6:52pm

Would they help with Separation Anxiety?

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.

  • VioVet Staff

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.

7 January 2015 at 11:21pm

Chemo & Scullcap


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.

  • VioVet Staff

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!

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