Pheromone. noun A natural chemical substance secreted from specialised glands that induce an emotional or physiological response in an individual of the same species. Pheromones are perceived by the vomeronasal organ, a specialised organ in the roof of the mouth containing ducts leading to the nose and mouth.
Pheromones in pets can be used as a natural therapy to help stimulate calm and relaxed feelings.
CATS - CHEEK GLAND PHEROMONE
Have you ever noticed cats rubbing their faces on familiar objects, including people? Whilst they are enjoying this rub, they are also depositing pheromones from their cheek gland. Feliway is a product which mimics the feline facial pheromone and enables cats to feel safe, as if in a familiar environment. Feliway can reduce anxiety in stressful situations such as car travel and multi-cat households.
Feliway is available in a spray and plug-in diffuser.
DOGS - INTERMAMMARY GLAND PHEROMONE
Dog appeasing pheromone (D.A.P) is secreted from the glands between the mammary chains of lactating female dogs soon after birth. Its function is to calm and reassure or appease the puppies.
Adaptil is a product which mimics this pheromone in dogs and is available in a spray, collar and plug-in diffuser. It can help your puppy settle in to a new home, calm your dog for a trip to the Vet and anything in between.
Pheromone therapy has been scientifically proven to prevent and manage stress and anxiety in the prevention and treatment of canine and feline behaviour problems.
They are species specific, so cat pheromones won't work on dogs and vice-versa. However, cat and dog pheromones can be used safely and effectively side-by-side i.e. you can spray Feliway and Adaptil in the same areas or plug in the diffusers next to each other and they will still work on the target species. Please note, the spray is for the environment - do NOT spray directly onto your pet.
It is also very important to recognise things which may induce stress in pets and to avoid these triggers where possible. Behaviour modification programs and environmental enrichment are also necessary to help prevent the cause of stress and anxiety.
Feliway and Adaptil products are available at the Albert Animal Hospital and are used regularly to help decrease stress in pets in our clinic. Contact us for any advice and get prepared before storm season.