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Reducing Anxiety in Shelter Pets

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McKamey Animal Center adoption counselor Jamie Westerwal notices two dogs up for adoption are showing signs of anxiety. Karen Walsh and Jamie meet with Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Nichol to appraise the symptoms, such as excessive licking and chewing of their fur, trembling, destructive behavior, crying, and barking. Dietary changes can help, but Dr. Nichol introduces Anxitane® Chewable Tablets as a dietary supplement to help reduce fear and anxiousness. Dr. Nichol explains signs for pet owners to look for in their cats and dogs, often seen as bad behavior may actually be fear based or anxiety. Within a week, the two dogs are showing greatly improved behavior once the chewable tablets are included in their dietary plan.

Stress Buster

Stress BusterAt the McKamey Animal Shelter in Chattanooga, TN, many animals arrive not only in need of medical treatment but emotional treatment as well.

Separated from their previous owners or undergoing a trauma causes stressful behaviors -- and living in a new environment around new faces can cause even more anxiety. Potential adoptive pet parents may quickly pass on what could be a wonderful pet due to the nervous symptoms the pet exhibits in the shelter.

Some of these nervous behaviors include:

 trembling
 panting
 pacing
 barking
 self-mutilating

Wanting to help dogs and cats find new homes, Virbac Animal Health helps calm pets with Anxitane® Chewable Tablets:

• not a drug
• diminishes violence and anxiety
• contains natural amino acid supplement found in green tea
• research–based
• tablet form

Watch Designing Spaces’™ 3-part series “Designing Pet Spaces of Hope – Adopt a Shelter” airing the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays in January to see the McKamey Animal Shelter get a much-needed makeover.

Tune in on Thursday, January 17th at 7:30 am (ET/PT) as Dr. Jeff Nicol reports live from the shelter to help pets thrive, gain confidence and find their forever homes with the help of Anxitane® Chewable Tablets.

To learn more about Virbac Animal Health products, visit

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Media Contact:
Pamela Steele-Unger
O2 Media, Inc.
(954) 691-1102

Designing Spaces™ on Lifetime TV Features Virbac Animal Health

Virbac features Pet Anxiety Drug Anxitane® as part of McKamey Animal Shelter Makeover

(Pompano Beach, FL – PR LOG – January 21, 2013) Virbac Animal Health’s Anxitane will be featured on Designing Spaces™, the popular home improvement show on Lifetime Television, as part of the “Designing Pet Spaces of Hope - Adopt A Shelter” series. Tune in on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 am (ET/PT) as Dr. Jeff Nichol from Virbac joins the show at the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, TN to discuss managing pet anxiety with Anxitane®chewable tablets.

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The Designing Spaces™ crew was on location to film the renovation of the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, TN for third and final episode of the special 3-part series “Designing Pet Spaces of Hope – Adopt a Shelter” , where Virbac Animal Health is a featured partner. Designing Spaces™ adopted McKamey whose mission is to enhance the lives of companion animals and help them find a forever home.

“We’re thrilled to have Virbac Animal on board as a valued partner in this inspiring series. Virbac is genuinely concerned with making sure that pets who act out from anxiety and stress are treated properly so they can find a good home, says Lysa Liemer, Designing Spaces™ on Lifetime Executive VP of Programming and Chief Operating Officer.

“As stewards for the animal health industry; Virbac knows the importance of ensuring that every pet has the best possible opportunity for adoption. ANXITANE®(L-Theanine) Chewable Tablets helps keep pets calm and relaxed so they can put their best paw forward,” -Stacey Leonard, Sr. Marketing Manager at Virbac Animal Health.

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About Designing Spaces™ on Lifetime Television

Entering its 10th year, Designing Spaces™ continues to be one of America’s favorite home improvement shows. The show inspires viewers on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects and step by step home improvements to help make every space count and provide solutions to help you enjoy the space you live, work and play in. Designing Spaces™ Family of Spaces includes Think Green Spaces, Kids Spaces and it’s widely popular Spaces of Hope which prides itself on assisting people and places in dire need of a makeover including children’s shelters, animal shelters, military families and more. Designing Spaces™ airs at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime.

For information on how to be a part of the show please contact Lysa Liemer Executive Vice President of Programming /COO of Designing Spaces™ at 954-571-5221 or
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