Anxitane/l-theanine amino acid

Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 19th, 2010, 9:27 am

Anybody ever tried this or heard of it? Inara's trainer recommended it for her. Everything I've found online has been extremely positive about how it enhances calmness w/o causing drowsiness (in both animals and people). Here is the link to the info page from the official Anxitane people:
http://www.virbacvet.com/images/resourc ... tailer.pdf

And here is a link to where you can buy generic l-theanine in the exact same dose as Anxitane for about 1/4 the price:
http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWU110/I ... =129499631

I sent this link to my trainer and she said that's the right stuff. She also said just to be mindful you don't buy the chewable ones as they contain the same stuff that makes sugar-free gum toxic to animals.

I'm ordering today. I'm kind of excited to try it out for her and hope it helps remove her hypervigilance (that word was in the Anxitane ad and I realized that's the perfect description for her).
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Postby CinderDee » January 19th, 2010, 9:41 am

I didn't know they were marketing this for animals. I used to take L-Theanine for stress. My anxiety was so bad that it took medication to deal with it but I did notice a difference when I took the Theanine.
I hope it works for Inara!
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Postby maberi » January 19th, 2010, 9:55 am

As far as I know it is similar to kava kava and valerian. It is supposed to produce a calming affect and naturally reduce cortisol levels. I certainly don't think it is going to hurt to see if it takes the edge off of her.

When it comes to stress and anxiety I'm always a little skeptical of any 1 thing that claims it will fix the problem. Generally it is a combination of many things that helps to reduce the anxiety in the long run.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 19th, 2010, 11:17 am

Matt, I'm definitely not banking all my hopes and dreams upon this, but I'm figuring it can't hurt. :) I paid $1.50 extra to have "express" shipping (though not 2 day shipping as that was $13 more) so hopefully I'll have it in a few days and can get her started. I keep reading conflicting views on how long it takes to become effective - I've read anything from 40 minutes to 2 weeks to 2 months! lol

Dee, I'm glad to hear you've had a good experience with this. I'd never heard of it but Ginger seemed really positive about it.
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Postby tiva » January 31st, 2010, 1:22 am

What's her dosage?
Thanks--sounds like it may be helping, from your description of the last relax class.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 31st, 2010, 1:23 pm

100 mg/day. The dog version said to do 50 in the AM and 50 in the PM, but since these are 100mg capsules I just open up one every morning and mix it with her food. I think any dogs over like 20lbs have a 100mg dosage...if you do a search for anxitane or l-theanine for dogs, you should be able to find a site that tells you the dosages. :)

I'm not going to get my hopes up that it's working so soon as it was still less than a week. But she was definitely more mellow this last class. I like it because it doesn't make her drowsy like the Prozac did.

ETA Are you thinking about it for handsome Mr. Vanya?
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Postby tiva » January 31st, 2010, 5:57 pm

Thanks! Yep, I have a bottle on its way and it should be here by Wednesday for Vanya. I'm such a nitwit, that I want him to be on his very best behavior for his consult next Sunday with Sarah Kaljnais, so she thinks: "what a wonderful boy!" not "what a screaming maniac." (Of course, I realize I'm paying her good money to observe his screaming maniac-ness and help me come up with a plan, but still....)

I"m also hoping that a magic pill might take enough of his edge off so I get up the nerve to take him to a relax class too. There's a "positively pitties" class run by the local shelter that starts next week, which is too soon, but maybe he'll be ready for the next round. I'm impressed that Inara seems to be settling down into her class routine so quickly. I hope her progress continues!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 31st, 2010, 6:11 pm

I still can't tell you how envious I am that you get to meet Sarah and work with her! You'l have to post all about it!

That's fantastic that your local shelter runs a class like that. Have you gone to see it? Maybe if you scope out how many dogs are in the room and how it's run you might feel more comfortable taking Vanya. Or chat with the instructor and see if it's conducive to reactive dogs?

Either way, you've made great progress with Vanya and hopefully the l-theanine helps him, too!
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