It was 12 at night.
When my boyfriend walks into the room telling me my bathroom is flooded. Half asleep and thinking he was joking, I sat up fast, “No way”.
However, as my mind started waking up, I remembered two days ago our apartment manager had brand new toilets, faucets, and bathroom fixtures installed.
Oh crap, I thought to myself as I walked out to the hallway and stood in front of my bathroom. The carpet squished beneath my feet.
After examination, oddly enough the water was not coming from the toilet. It was coming from under the wall next to my shower. Well, that’s weird.
The only thing on the other side of that wall is our hot water tank. We open the closet door to the hot water tank we can hear the dripping of water. But there’s no water in site.
We take a step closer to examine. The carpet splashed with our steps. The water was coming from underneath the carpet. As fast as we came to that conclusion, water started coming down from the door frame of the closet.
It had to be coming from upstairs.
After determining the water was coming from my upstairs neighbors. We decided we needed to go upstairs and wake them up.
It’s almost 1 in the morning. And I don’t know these people.
As we opened our front door to walk outside, water then poured from the front door frame. Almost as if it was an old College prank. Open the door; a bucket of water falls on your head.
We knocked on the upstairs neighbor’s door. Knocked again. Waited. Then a voice came from the other side of the door. “Oh, my gosh! Your bathroom is flooded?!” To which I replied to the still closed door, “Yeah, it has leaked all the way down into our apartment.”
Our neighbor opened her door as we’re trying to explain what was happening downstairs. We shut their water off for them. It was definitely their new toilet. It was installed wrong and nobody noticed the water will still running.
For the next couple days, maintenance men and apartment managers were in and out of the apartment.
When I’m gone, Ryder has full reign of the apartment. My roommate’s dog, Snoopy, has bad separation anxiety. He is kenneled while we are away.
Needless to say, all the strange people in and out of the apartment while both of us are at work made the dogs a bit stressed out.
The maintenance man hauled in a large dehumidifier and a commercial-sized fan to help with the water damage. The fan was extremely noisy. Snoopy in his kennel on the other side of the apartment was not able to see anything that was going on. So, he was barking. And barking.
After the apartment managers called to say they were entering the building, I took a break from work and stopped by to check on the pups.
Then it dawned on me.
I realized I might be able to help Snoopy out.
I had just gotten a package in the mail the day before. Matrix partners of Chicago had sent me a sample of Pet Remedy. What impeccable timing to get a distressing and calming diffuser of essential oils for pups.
In a hurry to get back to work, I moved Snoopy’s kennel over to against the wall and plugged in the Pet Remedy diffuser. He had been barking the whole time I was there.
However as soon as he was moved closer to the wall outlet and I plugged in the Pet Remedy, his barking ceased.
That was completely unexpected.
My roommate has tried numerous things on Snoopy to help with his anxiety. Some of which include the Thundershirt, calming medications, and other essential oils. None of them had much of an effect on him.
I wouldn’t say that he was completely unstressed however Pet Remedy did calm him enough to the point he stopped barking. And it was immediately.
What is Pet Remedy?
Pet Remedy claims to be a “clinically proven blend of Valerian, Vetiver, and other calming essential oils.” Valerian is a flowering plant that is native to Europe and Asia. Pet Remedy sources all their Valerian from Europe for the highest quality.
Valerian is used to help with sleep disorders, such as insomnia. It is also orally taken for anxiety and psychological stress. Vetiver is a lesser-known plant oil with a very heavy aroma similar to Patchouli. It is believed to be very calming and stabilizing.
The Pet Remedy diffuser says that it has up to eight weeks worth of treatment in the one diffuser bottle. This diffuser bottle is 1.35 fluid ounces.
The packaging claims stress relief for your pet and provides a list of signs of stress in animals. They also provide a list of what things can trigger stress. Some of the stress triggers they listed are:
- Alone at home
- changes in the home
- loud noises
- vet visits
- lots of a companion
- change in routine
- or a new pet in the home
The diffuser is plug-and-play. All you have to do is twist in the bottle tightly to the diffuser and plug it in.
It does come with an exorbitant drip ring, which I placed over the bottleneck before screwing it into the diffuser head. This is to help any drips on the bottle that can happen with movement.
Pet Remedy does claim that it starts to work immediately. Which I was skeptical about until I saw the immediate effect on Snoopy’s barking behavior.
I placed him right next to the outlet, however, Pet Remedy diffuser can cover a large room up to 650 square feet.
Mini Spray Bottle
I received the plug-in diffuser, as well as a refillable mini spray. The mini spray is 0.05 oz in size. The instructions point out that spraying every 1 to 2 hours is sufficient.
Clearly, you do not want to spray directly onto your pet’s face. They suggest spraying a bandana or something that is close to your pet. Such as the carpet, furniture, or your pet bedding. This is also a great way to soothe your pet if they get anxious around guests.
A spray bottle is a great option for traveling as it is very portable and easy to take in the car. It is also a great option for vet visits. Spraying a bandana for your buddy to wear to their appointment would make the visit a whole lot less stressful.
Pet Remedy provides some other suggestions for the spray that I find very intriguing. One of which suggests spraying your pant leg with Pet Remedy when walking an aggressive or anxious dog.
Sizes and Prices
Here are the prices on Amazon (affiliate links):
- The price of the refillable mini spray is:$10
- It also comes in a larger 200ml (6.8oz) bottle which is: $21
- And the diffuser runs around: $22
- You can also get 2 diffuser refills: $21
- Pet Remedy is made from all-natural essential oils
- The diffuser as long-lasting — up to 8 weeks
- Safe on pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and horses. This is great if you are multi-pet household.
- Diffuser runs on a regular Outlet (using 5 watts) So it is very cheap to run
- Easy to use — Just a plug & play.
- The Pet Remedy formula is pH neutral and it is safe on skin and your pet’s coat
- The herbs used in pet remedy are very potent. I’m not a big fan of the “earthy” smells. It takes a bit to get used to. However, their packaging says that the strength of the aroma lessens within 48 hours. I took the diffuser out of the wall when I got home that day, so it was only going for about 5 hours.
- The diffuser bottle is liable to drip since it is open. Pet Remedy is proactive in this providing you drip rings to absorb any mess.
- The packaging says that there is a switch to turn the rear diffuser on and off, but I am not clear as to where that switch is. **Update: Holding the diffuser and twisting the plug-in to the side will turn it on and off.**
Here are our ratings based on:
|Price||Four Bones. Essential Oils can be very expensive, I think the product pricing is very reasonable.
|Quality||Five bones. The brush seems to 5 Bones. The diffuser seems very sturdy and the glass bottles are thick.|
|Enjoyment||Four bones. I am not a fan of the smell, but it is all-natural. It is worth the smell if it works to calm your pet.|
|Ease of Use||Five bones. Super easy. No setup. Twist in the bottle, plug it in, and you are ready to go. If you use the spray, just spray and go. No need to dilute or anything.|