You may feel that your dog is not as content, stable or relaxed as he/she could be. Settlers may help bring the highs and lows under control and reduce extremes of unwanted behaviours. There is no readily available test for magnesium deficiency but scientists have proven that it contributes to symptoms of stress in animals and humans alike.
In any situation where he/she is subject to increased pressure from the outside world and, indeed, in the worst cases, those having problems just coping with normal everyday life. Settlers has had positive results not only in helping pet dogs suffering from a wide variety of issues such as separation anxiety, travel sickness or fear of noise but also has helped show dogs to settle in the show ring and achieve their full potential and also agility dogs stay focused when excitement is at fever pitch around them.
When the body is subject to psychological stress the balance of hormones changes. Typically adrenaline is increased and as a result of this there is a rapid depletion of the mineral magnesium in the bloodstream, tissues and especially the nervous system.. Magnesium is a vital mineral present in quite large amounts in the body - it is involved in over 400 known biological actions. A shortage of magnesium at times of stress can result in erratic behaviour, tenseness and poor muscle control. Magnesium is stored in the bones and so can't be released quickly enough to help. Settlers provides a reserve of magnesium in the bloodstream to quickly compensate for any deficiencies that arise through increased stress levels. Settlers works better than any other magnesium supplement because it is a unique form of magnesium - linked to a natural amino acid to give the highest level of bio-availability.
Whether you use Settlers in liquid or tablet form will be a matter for personal preference. The decision will be influenced perhaps by how well your dog will accept a ‘pill’ but to make your life easier each bottle of the liquid has a separate graduated syringe. We recommend adding Settlers to food (if tablets, whole or ground to a powder) but for greater effect it can be given an hour after feeding. Keeping your dog on a maintenance level would work well in combination with increased amounts at times of greater stress. The recommended amount of Settlers to feed is based on your dog’s bodyweight in kilos. Start by giving half the recommended daily amount for the first three days to allow the dog’s system time to adjust and avoid ‘funny tummy’ troubles. After this adjustment period it is safe to feed in increased quantities when anticipating particularly stressful events such as moving to a new home, a stay in kennels, a new addition to the family etc.
Owners have reported visible and sometimes dramatic improvement within 2-3 days. Naturally this is not always the case, and so a more realistic timeframe is a few weeks and results should ordinarily be reviewed after a month.
Very much to be determined by the individual owner and his/her assessment of their own dog’s needs but we advocate starting by giving a regular supply for at least a month or two. Many people feed Settlers long term but others may decide only to do so leading up to and during times of greater stress eg crate rest, firework night, important show. Please feel free to contact us for further advice.