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Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets

Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets
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Scullcap & Valerian Tablets are produced for dogs and cats to promote calmness and help relax excited, apprehensive or nervous individuals. Scullcap & Valerian is a licensed herbal medicine (AVM-GSL) authorised by the VMD and 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.


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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For UK delivery, we charge the following:

Order Total Weight Delivery
£0-£28.99 Under 2kg £2.99
2kg+ £4.99
£29-£38.99 Under 2kg Free
2kg+ £4.99
£39+ Under 2kg Free
2kg+ Free

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Some products, such as insulin and frozen food, need to be delivered in insulated packaging to prevent them from getting too warm (or too cold) during transit from us to you. Purchasing any of these items in your order will result in a £1.99 charge being added to the total to cover the high cost of the insulated packaging materials. You only pay the £1.99 once per order, regardless of how many temperature controlled items you purchase in that order.

How do I cancel or return an order?

Please call us as soon as possible if you need to amend or cancel an order on 01582 842096. If your order has been processed for dispatch we will be unable to cancel or amend the order. You will however be able to return your product for a full refund*.

To return an item, you must contact us by phone or email to arrange this BEFORE posting any product back to us. We will explain the process at this stage for you.

*For full details on returns, see our terms and conditions page.

Reviews (49)

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?

  • Veterinary Advisor

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?

  • Non-Executive Director

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 5:32pm



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

  • Non-Executive Director

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 6:37am



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

  • Non-Executive Director

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 8:29pm

Entire males

Paula Flitcroft

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

  • Non-Executive Director

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.

  • Non-Executive Director

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

  • Non-Executive Director

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.

  • Non-Executive Director

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.

  • Non-Executive Director

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.

  • Non-Executive Director

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!