Last night David went into Whole Foods to get some stuff, among which was Hylands "Calms Forte".
Looks like they've re-formulated it. I don't have all the facts, but what he brought out was TWO things:
1. The OLD "Calms" -- not the "forte". This still works FINE Absolutely and positively. IN the past, the only thing I could find out that was "different" between Calms and Calms Forte was "bioflavonoinds" added to the Forte to make it work better in the stomach.
Calms is an *unusual* homeopathic in that it's formulated to dissolve in the tummy NOT in the mouth. I've always thot it kinda crazy that Calms and Calms Forte were so similar but packaged different with that one additional ingredient. It was almost like the shrugged their shoulders and said "yeah, pretty much the same but a little better".
2. What David got last night was labelled "For Kids".
WHOA!!! (not a bad whoa, but a good one). The re-formulated Calms Forte is now little sugar pellets MADE TO DISSOLVE IN THE MOUTH!!!
this isn't a bad thing -- it's a good thing!! This means it will work *faster* (typically Calms takes about 45 minutes to work). They dose it in 2, 3, or 4 pellets depending on 'age'.
I would still give most dogs 3-4 pellets - let them CHEW THEM (do *not* give with food). Because with a dog you can't tell them to "leave it under your tongue" so some of it will go to the stomach so they'll use those extra pellets. It won't over dose them at all.
I don't know if they're still going to have the harder 'tablets' that has classically been known as Calms Forte -- and I really don't know any more than I just posted. I'd be astonished if they didn't because too many ADULTS use Calms Forte (people that just have a bit of trouble relaxing to sleep, or people particulalry who work a swing shift and have to sleep when it's day).
If YOU have more info let us know?
Soon as I figure out more I'll let you guys know.
I'm SURE somehow this is motivated by charging a bit more for it somehow (yeah, I'm jaded -- I spent 10 minutes yesterday trying to decide between Bounty Basic and Bounty "regular" and wound up with a 3rd brand *laughing* cos I was un-decided!!)
But making it dissolve sub-lingually? THAT IS GOOD -- I' never could figure out WHY they made that one product to dissolve in the stomach, unless they somehow figured babies wouldn't leave in their mouth. But these are tiny SOFT pellets (not like Boirons which are hard). This will make it work FASTER. I actually just tried it on all 3 of my dogs just to SEE and all 3 are blissfully chilled out and snoozing (yes, even Ms. Sparkle Poop herself!! TINKERBELL!!!)